Wauseon drops opener to Fairview


Missed opportunities doom Indians

By Max Householder - [email protected]



Junior Martinez of Wauseon runs through defenders for a first down in the opening quarter of Friday’s game against Fairview. Martinez led the Indians with 189 yards rushing.

Junior Martinez of Wauseon runs through defenders for a first down in the opening quarter of Friday’s game against Fairview. Martinez led the Indians with 189 yards rushing.


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Wauseon’s Chase Reynolds (64) brings down Fairview running back Timmy Timbrook during Friday’s season opener.


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Wauseon’s Brendan Britsch is wrestled to the ground after a catch and run of 25 yards in the second quarter Friday night.


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A sluggish start to the game, plus a slew of missed opportunities were too much for the Wauseon football team to overcome as they fell at home in the season opener against Fairview Friday night, 21-15.

“First half, you know we made some mistakes offensively but I think defensively we were on our heels and just kind of out of things a little bit,” said Wauseon coach Travis Cooper. “And then, second half we sured some things up and our defense gave us every chance to win the football game. But our offense didn’t hold up their end of the bargain.

The Indians did not allow a point to the Apaches after halftime, but 21 in the first half, which included a hail mary touchdown with only seconds to go, put them down 21-7 at the break.

On second down from the Wauseon 37 yard line, backup signal caller Jackson Hart heaved a ball to the end zone where it was hauled in by Austin Meyer for the score.

“We’ve got a freshman that is playing in the secondary (on that play) and he is gonna make those mistakes,” said Cooper of the defensive miscue. “He was playing eighth grade football last year. And we had him out there because we didn’t have anybody else who had stepped up. He didn’t hang his head, and he played a good rest of the game.”

It would take a little bit, but the Indians struck first in the second half with time winding down in the third period.

The running of tailback Everett Bueter who had carries of six and seven yards on the drive, and quarterback Brendan Wilson who had a pair of carries for a total of 33 yards put Wauseon at Fairview’s six yard line.

That is where Wilson proceeded to fumble the snap on a second down play, however, he recovered the ball and found Dawson Rupp open for a TD. Wilson added the two-point conversion to pull the Indians within 21-15 with 1:25 left in the third.

It seemed as if momentum was swinging Wauseon’s way as Wilson stepped in front of a Luke Breininger pass on Fairview’s next possession, returning it all the way down to the Apache seven.

But, after Junior Martinez carried for five yards on first and goal for the Indians, holding was called on what would have been a TD run for Wilson on second down to set them back. The Indian offense continued to go backward from there and would eventually turn it over on downs to keep Fairview in front with around 10 minutes left to play.

“They were giving us a tremendous number of opportunities,” said Cooper. “We give up a touchdown right before the half that ends up being the difference. You get the ball on the one yardline (and if) you score to go up, then I think that it’s over. I think that we had them on their heels. And we get a key penalty and we end up not scoring.”

The Indians could barely cross midfield on their next two possessions as Fairview held on for the victory.

“One loss doesn’t make or break a season. We’ve got young guys that are inexperienced and hopefully they learn from it,” concluded Cooper. “The true test will be how we come out and practice this week to see if we bounce back. If we can shrug it off.”

The Apaches came out strong out of the gate, orchestrating an 11-play, 68 yard drive which was capped by Breininger’s two-yard QB keeper for a TD to make it 6-0.

They then added another touchdown just seven seconds into the second quarter when Breininger pitched the ball to Zach Hess who found Ian Groves for the score. Thomas Hall snagged a quick slant for the two-point conversion, making the advantage 14-0.

Wauseon scored on the first play of their second possession of the quarter as Martinez bounced a run to the outside and went 93 yards up the right sideline to slice their deficit in half, 14-7.

Martinez paced the Wauseon rushing attack, carrying it nine times for 189 yards and a TD. Breininger rushed for 107 yards on 24 carries and a score to lead the Apaches.

The Indians outgained Fairview 293-278, but through the air, they only completed three passes for 35 yards.

Wauseon remains home this Friday when they welcome Fostoria.

Junior Martinez of Wauseon runs through defenders for a first down in the opening quarter of Friday’s game against Fairview. Martinez led the Indians with 189 yards rushing.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/08/web1_Martinez-first-down.jpgJunior Martinez of Wauseon runs through defenders for a first down in the opening quarter of Friday’s game against Fairview. Martinez led the Indians with 189 yards rushing. Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

Wauseon’s Chase Reynolds (64) brings down Fairview running back Timmy Timbrook during Friday’s season opener.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/08/web1_Reynolds-takedown.jpgWauseon’s Chase Reynolds (64) brings down Fairview running back Timmy Timbrook during Friday’s season opener. Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

Wauseon’s Brendan Britsch is wrestled to the ground after a catch and run of 25 yards in the second quarter Friday night.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/08/web1_Britsch-reception.jpgWauseon’s Brendan Britsch is wrestled to the ground after a catch and run of 25 yards in the second quarter Friday night. Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor
Missed opportunities doom Indians

By Max Householder

[email protected]

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010