Indians stomp Rams for second straight win


Wauseon was able to right some of the wrongs from last week on the offensive side, all while establishing their first victory of the season that involved a running clock, in a 38-0 thrashing of Tinora in the football home opener Friday.

“We felt we didn’t do our job last week. We put up points, but it was not crisp at all,” said Wauseon coach Travis Cooper, referring to the week 1 win over Fairview. “So that was our challenge this week, we had to be much better offensively. I thought our guys executed our gameplan really well, especially against a strong front seven that they put out there. They’ve got two really good linebackers and a big, stout (defensive) line.”

The Indians got out to an early lead with a touchdown on their opening possession.

A 47-yard scamper from Xavier Torres up the left sideline on third down set them up at the Tinora nine yard line. They were forced to a third-and-goal later in the drive, but Torres ran it in from seven yards out and an Andrew Gray extra point made it 7-0 with not even three minutes gone in the first quarter.

Gray added a 33-yard field goal in the second quarter, making it a 10-0 advantage with 5:25 left until halftime. However, that is when the Indians’ defense got involved to help extend their lead at the break.

They first hopped on a Tinora fumble at the Ram 24 on the ensuing possession.

Wauseon’s Junior Martinez got his number called on the first play of the drive, where he bounced away from the pile and took it all the way to the end zone to put them up 17-0 with still five minutes remaining.

Hunter Yackee then stepped in front of Tinora quarterback Spencer Giesige’s pass and took it to the Ram 38.

The Indians cashed in later in the drive on third-and-6 from the Ram 11 yard line, as Martinez took a toss around the right end for the score. This put them up 24 points at the half.

“Anytime your defense can give you the ball with a short field, it is such a great feeling,” said Cooper on the two second quarter turnovers his defense forced. “And I think our guys knew that we needed to repay the defense for giving us that ball down there, that we had to punch that one in and make them pay.”

Tinora advanced the ball into Wauseon territory to begin the third quarter, however, the drive stalled at the Indian 43.

The Indians then initiated the running clock with the help of Everett Bueter’s 57-yard touchdown run, extending the lead to 31-0 at the 7:03 mark of the third.

Yackee found an open Dawson Rupp for a 20-yard scoring strike 2:08 into the fourth to equal the final score.

Wauseon outgained Tinora 330-106, and averaged 6.7 yards per play to just 2.4 from the Rams.

Coach Cooper’s squad was able to flip the script on the Rams, who at one point in last year’s game had a running clock going against the Indians before eventually finishing them off 31-6.

“You remember it anytime that you’ve got a running clock against you. It is not a good feeling,” explained Cooper. “And I know that Tinora (has) a small senior class – only six kids. But, we were in that same boat last year. And nobody was gonna feel sorry for us. You play with the hand that you’re dealt, and we’re just fortunate this year that we’ve got 14 seniors. I thought our guys did a great job of just taking care of business on our home field.”

Bueter led a well-balanced rushing attack for the Indians that totaled 210 yards on the ground. The senior carried the rock seven times for 89 yards and a TD. Torres carried six times for 54 yards and a score, while Martinez added 51 yards on 10 carries and a pair of scores.

Yackee hit 50 percent (8 for 16) of his passes for 120 yards and the TD to Rupp. Giesige completed just three of seven for nine yards and an interception for Tinora.

Wauseon (2-0) is at Napoleon this Friday to finish off their non-league schedule.

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Everett Bueter of Wauseon runs for a first down Friday versus Tinora. The Indians shut out the Rams 38-0, improving their record to 2-0 on the young season.
http://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2017/09/web1_Bueter-gets-first-down.jpgEverett Bueter of Wauseon runs for a first down Friday versus Tinora. The Indians shut out the Rams 38-0, improving their record to 2-0 on the young season. Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

Wauseon’s Xavier Torres scampers up the sideline for a 47 yard run in the first quarter Friday night against Tinora. He would punch it in the end zone from seven yards out later in the drive.
http://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2017/09/web1_Torres-up-sideline.jpgWauseon’s Xavier Torres scampers up the sideline for a 47 yard run in the first quarter Friday night against Tinora. He would punch it in the end zone from seven yards out later in the drive. Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

Andrew Gray of Wauseon with a 33-yard field goal to give them a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.
http://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2017/09/web1_Gray-FG.jpgAndrew Gray of Wauseon with a 33-yard field goal to give them a 10-0 lead in the second quarter. Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

By Max Householder

mhouseholder@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010

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