Wauseon outlasts Archbold


Indians start 2-0 in NWOAL play

By Max Householder - [email protected]



Wauseon’s Everett Bueter catches a screen pass and breaks outside for a first down on a fourth down play Friday at Archbold. Bueter added 61 yards on the ground and defensively he picked off two passes as the Indians defeated the Blue Streaks, 7-0.

Wauseon’s Everett Bueter catches a screen pass and breaks outside for a first down on a fourth down play Friday at Archbold. Bueter added 61 yards on the ground and defensively he picked off two passes as the Indians defeated the Blue Streaks, 7-0.


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Archbold quarterback Gabe Petersen hits receiver Isaiah Esquibel for a first down during Friday’s game against Wauseon.


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Wauseon’s Noah Tester, left, and Owen Newlove combine for a tackle after a catch by Nic Rodriguez of Archbold.


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There was only one score Friday night in the annual rivalry game between Archbold and Wauseon at Archbold. It belonged to the Indians, as Brendan Wilson connected with freshman Sean Brock for a 30 yard touchdown with 4:47 left for the 7-0 win.

“It was what we expected. We knew it was gonna come down to the end. It always does in this game,” said Wauseon coach Travis Cooper on the win. “I told those guys at the half, I said ‘in games like this, and in this history and the tradition of this game, there’s always somebody that makes a play that people talk about. And who is gonna be that guy that makes that play.’ Little did we know it was gonna be a freshman that is playing varsity for us.”

The score was set up by an interception from Wauseon’s Everett Bueter, one of three Blue Streak turnovers on the night.

“You come into this game (and) you know it’s gonna be a four quarter battle,” explained Archbold coach David Dominique. “Throw the records out the window. With two great defenses going at it. Offenses who struggled all night until the end.

“It is just the turnovers came back to bite us in the butt towards the end.”

Archbold had opportunities in the second half, however, the Wauseon defense would often bend but not break.

In the third quarter, the Streaks and quarterback Gabe Petersen found Toby Walker near the sideline on third-and-6 where he took it to their own 43 for a gain of 20. Two plays later, Gabe Petersen hit Isaiah Esquibel on a slant for 15 yards down to the Wauseon 40 yardline.

After a loss of one, Gabe Petersen picked up eight yards on the ground, then found Nic Rodriguez on a slant for a first down at the 21.

“We couldn’t run the ball which that definitely hurt us. We need to be a balanced attack. So, we were able to start picking away at them throwing the ball, but we still couldn’t get running lanes open in the second half,” said Dominique on his team having some success passing the ball in the second half.

However, on first-and-10 with the Indian defense reeling, Chase Reynolds tipped Petersen’s pass and Brendan Britsch picked it off stopping the drive with just under two minutes left in the third.

“Three of those balls they were tipped balls,” said Dominique of the interceptions. “It is just that type of game. A game of inches. The ball rolled the wrong way.”

The Streaks got the ball back to start the fourth period where they moved into Wauseon territory after a 16 yard completion to Gavin Grime which put the ball at the 38. Sam Petersen followed that up with a five yard carry, then the Streaks got another yard on the ground to set up a third down.

However, the drive stalled when Wauseon’s Jacob Raabe sacked Gabe Petersen back to the 39 for a loss of six.

“It was by far Jacob Raabe’s best game,” stated Cooper.

Wauseon began the ensuing drive from their own 18 as Bueter took a handoff around the end on the first play and sprinted all the way down to Archbold’s 39 yardline. Junior Martinez picked up nine on the next play.

“I told (Bueter) and Junior (Martinez) off to the side, I need one of you guys to make a play,” said Cooper. “You’re not sophomores anymore, you are a junior. I said we are gonna give you the ball, and one of you has got to find a way to get something done and make something happen. And (Bueter) did.

“We have been waiting for those guys to kind of make a play for us. They did tonight in a very big game for us.”

Bueter rushed for 61 yards on eight carries and had one catch for 36 yards, while Martinez caught three balls for 46 yards.

But, on second-and-one from the Archbold 30, the Indians mishandled the handoff exchange and the Streaks took over. However, their drive ended on its second play after Bueter picked off a Gabe Petersen pass, setting up the Wauseon touchdown drive.

Wilson was 10 of 15 passing with 160 yards and a TD. Gabe Petersen went 16 for 28 with 187 yards for the Streaks. But as Dominique noted, they struggled running the ball, only rushing for a total of 13 yards.

Wauseon (2-3, 2-0 NWOAL) stays on the road this Friday when they visit Bryan. Archbold (2-3, 0-2) is at 5-0 Patrick Henry.

Wauseon’s Everett Bueter catches a screen pass and breaks outside for a first down on a fourth down play Friday at Archbold. Bueter added 61 yards on the ground and defensively he picked off two passes as the Indians defeated the Blue Streaks, 7-0.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/09/web1_Bueter-picks-up-4th-down.jpgWauseon’s Everett Bueter catches a screen pass and breaks outside for a first down on a fourth down play Friday at Archbold. Bueter added 61 yards on the ground and defensively he picked off two passes as the Indians defeated the Blue Streaks, 7-0. Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

Archbold quarterback Gabe Petersen hits receiver Isaiah Esquibel for a first down during Friday’s game against Wauseon.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/09/web1_hits-Esquibel.jpgArchbold quarterback Gabe Petersen hits receiver Isaiah Esquibel for a first down during Friday’s game against Wauseon. Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

Wauseon’s Noah Tester, left, and Owen Newlove combine for a tackle after a catch by Nic Rodriguez of Archbold.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/09/web1_Tester-Newlove-tackle.jpgWauseon’s Noah Tester, left, and Owen Newlove combine for a tackle after a catch by Nic Rodriguez of Archbold. Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor
Indians start 2-0 in NWOAL play

By Max Householder

[email protected]

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010