WAPAKONETA – Shawnee’s defense continues to deliver.
The Indians recorded two big interceptions, both by Luke Cowan in the second half to help Shawnee edge the Wapakoneta 9-7 in Western Buckeye League action Friday night.
Shawnee improves to 3-1 on the season and Wapakoneta falls to 0-4.
In Shawnee’s last three games, the Indians have given up 13 points.
Shawnee head coach Jerry Cooper said it was not the prettiest of wins but said his team gutted it out to secure the victory.
“I think our defense played well,” Cooper said. “Give our kids credit. They played real hard and our defense played hard.
Cooper added that they are not a great football team but they keep getting better and keep notching wins.
“We’ve got to correct some things about our game but our kids are with us and working hard and playing hard and we are happy to get out of here with a win and get ready for St. Marys.”
A big turnover on special teams in the third quarter led to what would turn out to be the winning field goal when the Redskins fumbled a punt at their own 17 yard line that was quickly recovered by Shawnee.
Despite the Redskins defense turning back Shawnee on three straight plays, the Indians got a 30-year field goal from kicker Dylan Ramsdail that split the uprights to give Shawnee a 9-7 lead with 4:42 left in the third quarter.
That field goal proved to be the difference because the Indians’ defense came up with the two big interceptions in the fourth quarter.
Wapakoneta’s Travis Moyer, who has dealt with injuries and the coronavirus, said his team simply can’t get over the hump. This is the third game, the Redskins have lost by seven points or less this season.
“We are just are not consistent enough in all three areas,” Moyer said. “We have just got to shore that up. It is just one of those years where we can’t get our of our ways sometimes and the difference in the game was we just turned the ball over in the second half. We had way too many turnovers.”
Wapakoneta has had to start players that weren’t penciled in at the beginning of the season and despite their efforts, the Redskins have not found the right chemistry to produce a win.
“We just did not have enough plays for us to win a football game,” Moyer said. “You can look at the offense. You can look at the defense and you can look at a player that could have been the difference in the game and that is just where we are at right now.”
Redskin running back Jace Mullins provided some big runs for Wapakoneta and finished with 120 yards on 19 carries.
In a first half dictated by defense, Wapakoneta owned a 7-6 lead going into halftime.
After a scoreless first quarter, Shawnee finally got on the scoreboard when Cowen slipped into the end zone from two yards out on a quick pitch to put the Indians in the end zone. A missed two-point conversion gave Shawnee a 6-0 advantage with 9:33 left in the first half.
Shawnee’s scoring drive, which began with a 27 yard pass from Tyler Windau to Keaton Cooper, went six plays and 56 yards.
Wapakoneta took the lead with just under three minutes when the Redskins drove 51 yards in nine yards when Jace Mullen scooted into the end zone on a pitch to record the six points. After the successful extra point, Wapakoneta led 7-6 with 2:42 left in the first half.
Wapakoneta had a chance to add more points on the board as the first half was closing. With 1:50 left in the first half, the Redskins manufactured a drive that saw Wapakoneta bring it to the eight yard line.
With four seconds the Redskins attempted a 25 yard field goal but it was partially blocked.
Redskins had 94 yards rushing and 37 yards passing and Shawnee had 55 yards through the air and 42 yards rushing
Wapakoneta recorded two interceptions in the first half.
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