Redmen shut out Wauseon, 18-0


Offense struggles in Indians’ season-ending loss to Bellevue

By Max Householder - [email protected]



Wauseon running back Jac Flory fights through a tackle attempt by a Bellevue defender in Saturday night’s opening round playoff game at Harmon Field. The Indians were defeated by the Redmen, 18-0, ending their season.

Wauseon running back Jac Flory fights through a tackle attempt by a Bellevue defender in Saturday night’s opening round playoff game at Harmon Field. The Indians were defeated by the Redmen, 18-0, ending their season.


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Wauseon defensive backs Brendan Wilson (15) and Everett Bueter (20) knock away a pass in the end zone intended for Bellevue’s Seth Linder Saturday night.


Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

Wauseon football allowed three fourth quarter touchdowns to Bellevue, while their offense never got into a groove as they fell to the Redmen, 18-0, ending their season in the first round of the Division IV, Region 12 playoffs Saturday night at Harmon Field.

The Indians had many injuries heading into the game, including senior quarterback J.J. Kauffman who re-injured his shoulder in the final week of the regular season. They were also without two-way starter on the line, Jacob Raabe.

“The team that we put on the field there, there is a lot of guys that hadn’t got many reps. They were able to hang with them, we just couldn’t get anything going offensively,” said Wauseon coach Travis Cooper on the game. “We didn’t play well. Practice this week it was a lot of the same thing. So I was pretty concerned coming into the game.”

Bellevue began the fourth quarter with a goal to go situation. Holding was called on third-and-goal at the one to move the ball back to the 11, and after an incomplete pass, Redmen QB Alec Foos hit Dakota McPeak on a fade route for a touchdown on fourth down.

A failed two-point conversion put Bellevue ahead 6-0 with 11:14 remaining in the contest.

The Indians mishandled the ensuing kickoff, giving the ball right back to the Redmen at the Wauseon 26 yard line. A pair of penalties on Wauseon, first a personal foul and then a chop block called on the defensive line, moved the ball to the four.

Two plays later Foos ran off-guard for a one yard score, but a pass on the two-point fell incomplete and the advantage was 12-0 with 10:02 left.

An interception by the Redmen that was returned to the Indian four set up the third TD for Bellevue. Foos got the ball into the end zone on two carries, and another failed two-point try made it 18-0 with 4:31 remaining.

Wauseon, led by reserve QB Brendan Wilson, moved across midfield on their final possession but the drive stalled and the Indians’ season was over.

“I told our seniors it is a great, great season,” said Cooper on the successes of his team. “When you can (win) back-to-back league (titles) with a target on your back, losing the guys from last year’s team that we did. For our team to rise to the challenge this year and still have a great year, I am very proud of them.”

Wauseon’s longest drive in the first half was a six-play drive midway through the second quarter. Wilson kept the drive going with a 10 yard run on third-and-three at their own 21.

Wilson then picked up a yard on the next play, however, a chop block penalty on second down set them back. He looked for wide receiver Luke Rychener on third down but the pass was knocked away by Bellevue.

The Redmen could not dent the scoreboard either and the two teams went into halftime tied at 0-0.

Wauseon finishes the season 9-2 with a share of the NWOAL title. It was also their third straight trip to the playoffs.

Wauseon running back Jac Flory fights through a tackle attempt by a Bellevue defender in Saturday night’s opening round playoff game at Harmon Field. The Indians were defeated by the Redmen, 18-0, ending their season.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2015/11/web1_Flory-run.jpgWauseon running back Jac Flory fights through a tackle attempt by a Bellevue defender in Saturday night’s opening round playoff game at Harmon Field. The Indians were defeated by the Redmen, 18-0, ending their season. Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

Wauseon defensive backs Brendan Wilson (15) and Everett Bueter (20) knock away a pass in the end zone intended for Bellevue’s Seth Linder Saturday night.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2015/11/web1_Pass-deflection.jpgWauseon defensive backs Brendan Wilson (15) and Everett Bueter (20) knock away a pass in the end zone intended for Bellevue’s Seth Linder Saturday night. Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor
Offense struggles in Indians’ season-ending loss to Bellevue

By Max Householder

[email protected]

Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010

Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010