WAPAKONETA — Wapakoneta controlled Celina throughout a 41-7 Western Buckeye League victory Friday at Harmon Stadium.
Jace Mullen ran for 132 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries, helping the Redskins (7-2 overall, 7-1 WBL) take a 41-point lead in the fourth quarter.
The WHS defense forced the Bulldogs (1-8, 1-7) into three-and-outs on three of their first four possessions, while Joey Truesdale’s interception of quarterback Nick Adams in the second quarter ended another Celina drive. That resulted in Wapakoneta building a 27-0 halftime lead.
“We really challenged our guys before we came out of the locker room to play with a sense of urgency and to play with a lot of energy and intensity,” Redskins coach Travis Moyer said. “I thought we did that right from the start.”
WHS came way with a 335-156 advantage in total yards, including a 287-35 edge in rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Mullen ran for TDs of 11, 8, 32 and 9 yards before Connor Meckstroth added a 1-yard touchdown carry and Jace Knous broke free on a 54-yard race to the end zone in the second half.
Knous finished with three carries for 60 yards and Wapakoneta quarterback Braeden Goulet came away with five carries for 56 yards. Meckstroth had seven carries for 19 yards for the Redskins, who also added Zach Rogers (three carries, 18 yards) into their ground game plan.
“Give Jace and Braeden credit because they are a great 1-2 punch for us,” Moyer said. “Other teams try to take away one of them when they play us, but we can still get the other one going. Also credit our guys up front because I thought we did an exceptional job of blocking up front tonight. We had a lot of players involved with touching the football, which is very important as we move forward in this process.”
Through Week 8, Goulet and Mullen were the top two rushers in the WBL. With Friday’s win over Celina, they have unofficially combined for 1,814 yards and 26 rushing touchdowns this season.
Moyer was pleased to see production from many facets of his team.
“We played a pretty complete game tonight,” Moyer said. “We didn’t know what the weather conditions were going to be and our kids handled the situations well. This was a huge win because it gives us a chance to win a league championship next week. That’s our focus right now. We will need a great week of preparation to finish this (regular) season the right way.”
WHS travels to play Defiance on Friday in a contest that could give the Redskins a share of the WBL championship with a victory.
All four of Mullen’s touchdowns against the Bulldogs came in the first half, including an 11-yard run that capped 10-play, 55-yard drive on the first Wapakoneta possession. An extra-point kick from Nikane Ambos handed the Redskins a 7-0 lead at the 5:08 mark of the first quarter.
After a three-and-out by Celina, the Redskins went ahead 14-0 on the first play of the second quarter, when Mullen crossed the goal line with an 8-yard run at the 11:54 mark. An Ambos PAT gave WHS a two-score lead.
Wapakoneta led 20-0 in the second quarter after Mullen crossed the goal line with his longest run from scrimmage (32 yards) as 8:33 remained in the first half. He added a 9-yard TD run late in second quarter as the Redskins went ahead 27-0 on an Ambos extra-point kick with 4:17 showing before halftime.
Meckstroth used a 1-yard touchdown run at the 6:42 mark in the third quarter to expand the WHS lead to 34-0 and begin a running clock against Celina.
Knous, who entered the game as Wapakoneta made late-game substitutions, busted through the line and outran the Bulldogs defense during a 54-yard touchdown run with 7:06 to play.
Celina rallied with 6 seconds remaining to avoid a shutout. Nick Adams tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Nick Newell preceded Carter Altstaestter’s extra-point kick.
Adams finished 13 of 23 for 121 yards.
The Bulldogs, who struggled to run the ball against WHS, were led by Jayden King, who had with 31 yards on nine carries.
Goulet completed 7 of 12 passes to finish with 45 yards for the Redskins.
Rogers caught to passes for 12 yards, while Kaden Siefring hauled in two passes for eight yards.
WAPAKONETA 41, CELINA 7
W—Jace Mullen 11 run (Nikane Ambos kick), 5:08.
W—Jace Mullen 8 run (Nikane Ambos kick), 11:54.
W—Jace Mullen 32 run (Nikane Ambos kick failed), 8:33.
W—Jace Mullen 9 run (Nikane Ambos kick), 4:17.
W—Connor Meckstroth 6 run (Nikane Ambos kick), 6:42.
W—Jace Knous 54 run (Preston Meyer kick), 7:06.
C—Nick Newell 11 pass from Nick Adams (Carter Altstaestter kick), 0:00.
|Total Net Yards||156||333|
|Time of Possession||28:09||19:51|
RUSHING—Celina (Jaden King 6-31, Zander Jones 4-7, Jonathon Lutz 1-4, Karsen Black 1-3, Nick Adams 5-(minus-10)); Wapakoneta (Jace Mullen 15-132, Jace Knous 3-58, Braeden Goulet 5-57, Zach Rogers 4-22, Connor Meckstroth 6-19).
PASSING—Celina (Nick Adams 13-23-1-121); Wapakoneta (Braeden Goulet 7-12-0-45).
RECEIVING—Celina (Aidan Song 3-35, Adam Faber 2-26, Jaden King 2-16, Nick Newell 2-16, Nathan Rammel 2-14, Zander Jones 1-14, Karson Black 1-0); Wapakoneta (Kaleb Walter 1-13, Zach Rogers 2-12, Kaden Siefring 2-8, Jace Mullen 1-8, Connor Meckstroth 1-4).
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
DEFENSE (TKL-SOLO-AST-SACK-TFL-INT)—Celina (Braylon Gabes 10-10-0-0-0-0, Jaden King 5-5-0-0-0-0, Kaleb Fishbaugh 4-4-0-0-0-0, Jack Hassan 4-4-0-0-0-0, Dalton Chilcoat 3½-3-1-0-0-0, Brice Loera 2-1-2-0-0-0, Camron Ofray 2-2-0-0-0-0, Conner Altstaetter 2-2-0-0-0-0, Karsen Black 2-2-0-0-0-0, Caleb Gabes 2-2-0-0-0-0, Samuel Etzler 2-2-0-0-0-0, Landon Wilson 2-2-0-0-0-0, Marshall Perry 2-2-0-0-0-0); Wapakoneta (Mikey Lee 5-1-8-0-1-0, Kaden Ware 3-2-2-2-3-0, Corbin Mitchell 3-2-2-0-0-0, Joey Truesdale 2½-2-1-0-0-1, Connor Meckstroth 2½-1-3-0-0-0, Jacob Schroeder 2-2-0-0-0-0, Jayden Rampulla 2-1-2-0-0-0, Tyler Houser 2-1-2-0-1-0, Kaden Siefring 1½-0-3-0-0-0, Austin Stauffer 1½-1-1-0-0-0, Jeffery Kohler 1½-1-1-0-0-0, Jordan Schneider 1½-1-1-0-0-0, Logan Crow 1½-1-1-0-0-0, Spencer Hurley 1½-1-1-0-0-0, Kyle Huelskamp 1½-1-1-0-0-0, Zach Rogers 1-0-2-0-0-0, Braeden Goulet ½-0-1-0-0-0, Austin Brown ½-0-1-0-0-0, Will Campbell ½-0-1-0-0-0, Braden Fisher ½-0-1-0-0-0, Ryan Sadler ½-0-1-0-0-0).