SHELBY – For a brief moment, the Wauseon Indians had hope. They weathered a bad start and pulled within 21-6 when Hunter Yackee scored from two yards out just a minute and 20 seconds into the second quarter.
From there, everything else belonged to the Whippets of Shelby, as the fifth-ranked and second-seeded champions of the Bay Division of the Sandusky Bay Conference handled Wauseon 50-13 in a Division IV football regional quarterfinal Friday night.
Shelby needed just two minutes to match the Wauseon touchdown. Starting out with chunk plays of 24 yards on a pass to Carter Brooks and a 20-yard run by quarterback Brennan Armstrong, the Whippets moved the ball to the Wauseon 28.
Two more big plays helped Shelby get into the end zone. Armstrong scrambled enough to move the chains on a third-and-13, and two plays after that he hit Brooks with a 14-yard scoring strike. The extra point put the Whippets ahead 28-6.
The teams traded a couple of punts before a late score set up a quick-moving second half. Armstrong dropped in a pass of 28 yards to Uriah Schwemley, and two plays later Armstrong found Brooks for a six-yard score. Shorty Brooks caught the two-point try, which put Shelby ahead by the 30 needed to have the second half played with a running clock.
Armstong had a 13-yard scoring run in the third and Shorty Brooks scored from nine yards out with 9:28 left to play to finish the Shelby scoring. Dawson Rupp closed the Wauseon scoring when he busted out a 54-yard run one play after the Indians recovered a fumbled Shelby punt.
Shorty Brooks set the tone early with a couple big plays. The Whippets needed just one minute and 22 seconds to score the game’s first touchdown. After a 29-yard connection to Brady Hill gave Shelby a first down at the Wauseon 35, Brooks took a screen pass and moved down the sideline the rest of the way for the score.
Wauseon lost the ball on downs at the Shelby 36 on its initial possession, and Brooks did most of the work. After a first down, Brooks broke through the line, then cut against the grain for a 52-yard scoring run. The extra point was missed, but the Whippets led 13-0 with 8:03 left in the first quarter.
Shelby also put together a sustained drive. Eventually converting a second-and-20 from the Wauseon 30 when a holding call set them back, the Whippets finished a 10-play, 71 yard drive with a two-yard run by Brooks. The drive took 4:21 off the clock and it gave the hosts a 21-0 lead.
The Whippets had 240 yards on the ground, with Shorty Brooks going for 173 yards on 15 carries. Armstrong was 13 of 22 passing for 224 yards.
Wauseon finished with 118 yards rushing and 81 passing. Thanks to the late score, Rupp led the Indians on the ground with 62 yards.
The Indians finished the season at 8-3.