NAPOLEON – Down for most of the game and by as many as 16 points in the second half, Wauseon rallied to defeat Napoleon 28-23 in the two teams’ first meeting in four years Friday night at Buckenmeyer Stadium.
The run began after the Wildcats made it 23-7 on Brennan Druhot’s four yard touchdown run at the 8:44 mark of the third period.
Wauseon answered 4:31 later on a drive that ended with a one-yard plunge into the end zone from Xavier Torres. With Andrew Gray’s point after tacked on, the Napoleon lead was trimmed to nine at 23-14.
A pair of Everett Bueter TD runs in the fourth quarter helped lift the Indians to victory.
His nine-yard run at the 10:58 mark made it 23-21. Bueter then broke free from 20 yards out, giving the Indians the lead for good with 3:22 remaining.
The Wildcats opened a 9-0 lead in the first half thanks to a Caleb Franz field goal and a 76-yard touchdown pass from Grant Strock to Logan Shepard. The Indians got on the board with a 30-yard scamper by Junior Martinez in the second quarter.
Napoleon’s other score was a one-yard run from Zach Altman just 27 seconds into the third period.
The Indians narrowly outgained the Cats 362-353.
Bueter and Martinez each tallied over 100 yards on the ground as Bueter finished with 126 on 17 carries and Martinez 105, also on 17 totes. Owen Newlove was the Indians’ leading receiver as he had three catches for 47 yards.
Napoleon had a pair of 100 yard rushers as well as Dylan Unverferth finished with 145 yards and Zak Towne 108.
Wauseon (3-0) gets the NWOAL season off with a bang this Friday when they host rival Archbold (2-1).