ELIDA – Elida’s defense was good. Wapakoneta’s was a hammer.
The Redskins’ defensive road show put on its best performance yet, shutting out host Elida 17-0 in a Western Buckeye League showdown Friday.
Wapakoneta, which has opened the season with three straight road wins, is 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the WBL. Elida falls to 1-2, 1-1.
Wapakoneta shut down Elida’s versatile offense as quarterback Logan Alexander accounted for all of his team’s 81 total yards, with 30 rushing and 51 passing. The Bulldogs mustered just three first downs.
“I can’t say enough about (the defensive) effort,” Wapakoneta coach Travis Moyer said. “Elida’s offense really puts you in a bind horizontally and vertically. It was a great job of our coaches game-planning and our kids executing.”
Wapakoneta’s offense finished with 299 rushing yards and 108 passing and had a huge edge in the time of possession, with long sustained drives all night.
However, some of those drives fizzled or ended in turnovers as Elida’s defense also came up with big plays regularly. The Bulldogs forced three fumbles and kept Wapakoneta out of the end zone until late in the third quarter.
“Our defense put us in a position to win,” Elida coach Jason Carpenter said. “But you can’t expect your defense to be out there 80-90 plays and continue to get stops.”
Wapakoneta’s only score in the first half was a 35-yard field goal off the foot of Tristan Meyer with 26 seconds to go before halftime.
But midway through the third, Wapakoneta’s rushing attack wore down the Bulldogs. Beginning at the 6:44 mark of the third, Wapak began a 11-play, 66-yard march that ended in a Jared Cockerell 3-yard touchdown. Meyer’s kick put Wapak up 10-0.
Two plays from scrimmage later, Lauck picked off Alexander to give Wapak the ball at their 32. That set the stage for a 13-play, 68-yard drive that started with 26 seconds left in the third and ended at the 5:29 mark when Lauck scored on a 3-yard dive, effectively ending the game.
Wapakoneta quarterback Kodi Morgan turned in an impressive effort with 106 rushing yards on 17 carries while passing for 108 yards on 8-of-13 passes.