NAPOLEON — In a neck-and-neck battle that went to overtime, Wauseon’s Bryson Stump scored the go-ahead touchdown from a yard out in the extra session and the Indians were able to turn Napoleon over on downs to hold on for a 20-14 win at Buckenmeyer Stadium Friday.
Wauseon began the game with a bang when Sam Smith took the opening kickoff 92 yards for a score and Tyson Rodriguez added the point after. Later they made it 14-6 on a 27-yard connection from Elijah McLeod to Jude Armstrong at the 6:15 mark of the third quarter.
The Wildcats tied it with 5:14 remaining thanks to a 13-yard TD reception by Caleb Stoner and Tanner Rubinstein’s two-point conversion catch.
However, it was the Indians who would prevail.
Wauseon outgained Napoleon 266-173 on the night.
McLeod completed 24-34 for 264 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Stump had eight carries for 31 yards and the go-ahead TD.
Overall, the Indians had just two yards on the ground as a result of -37 yards for McLeod and -9 for Rodriguez.
Jonas Tester caught 10 receptions for 133 yards, Rodriguez five for 68, and Armstrong seven for 55 and a score.
Wauseon (2-1) is at Liberty Center (2-1) to begin Northwest Ohio Athletic League play this Friday.