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Bombers Heading Back To Playoffs After Trouncing Gibsonburg, 40-21
By: Kent Hutchison
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
GIBSONBURG - The task at hand was simple for the
Edon Bombers; win and clinch a playoff berth or lose
and have their fate dependent upon others. The
Bombers made the long bus ride to Gibsonburg and left
nothing to chance by pounding the Golden Bears 40-21.
The Bombers began the night on offense at their 18
yard line. Immediately Edon headed in the right direc-
tion. Quarterback Kaden Sapp hit his favorite target
Connor Hug for eight yards, then called his own number
for 19 more. Sapp to Hug again for 27 left the ball at the
Gibsonburg 28. Trevor Green gained one yard on his
first carry, then Sapp connected with Brock Thiel to pick
up 12 more. On first down with the ball resting at the
Bears 15 yard line, Sapp missed Hug. Green gained two,
then Sapp added six. Edon faced the first big decision of
the night as it was fourth and two at the Gibsonburg
seven. The Bombers decided to go for the touchdown
instead of the field goal. Sapp rolled right, but was
unable to find anyone and was dropped for a one yard
loss turning the ball over to the Bears.
Gibsonburg started their initial offensive possession
at their eight yard line. In thirteen plays and a little
under five minutes, the Golden Bears clawed their way
92 yards, and added a two point conversion to take the
early lead 8-0 with 4:49 left in the first quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Hug had a nice return
advancing the ball from the twelve to the Bombers 38
yard line. Sapps pass to Landon Bloir was just out of
reach, then Hug gained five on the ground. Facing 3
rd

and 5, Sapp came up short after gaining three. With
another fourth down staring them in the face, Edon
decided to punt this time. Mike Peeples and the rest of
the punt team assumed the formation. As the ball was
snapped Peeples jumped high in the air as the ball
apparently went over his head. Instead like a post
Halloween trick, the snap went directly to Hug who
sprinted right past the Gibsonburg bench for a 22 yard
gain and a Bomber first down to advance the ball to the
Bears 32 yard line. Edon needed just one more play to
add six to the board as Sapp rolled right and hit Hug for
a 32 yard score. Peeples extra point attempt was wide
right and the Bombers had narrowed the deficit to 8-6 as
3:07 remained in the opening period.
The Edon score did little to discourage the determina-
tion of the Bears. Gibsonburg extended their lead to
14-6 as they covered 73 yards in seven plays, in large
part due to the passing arm of quarterback Matt Tille.
Hug fielded the kickoff for the Bombers and returned
the ball to the Edon 29 yard line. The Bombers field
position improved 15 yards after a late hit was assessed
to Gibsonburg. The drive started with Sapp hitting Bloir
for twelve yards. The quarter ended as Sapp raced
through the Bear defense for 29 yards leaving the ball at
the Bears 15. Sapp found Thiel again for nine more as
the ball rested at the Burg 6 yard line. Sapp covered the
remaining distance with his legs to cut the Bears lead to
14-12. It appeared the game was tied as Sapp laid the
ball across the goal line after a designed quarterback
sweep on the conversion attempt. However, the percep-
tion was a mirage when the side judge determined the
signal callers knee was down before the ball crossed into
the end zone.
The Edon defense wasnt on the field for long. On
first down Tyler Seaman tossed Josh Dyer for a one yard
loss. The Bombers regained possession when Hug
stepped in front of a pass from Tille and returned it to
the Edon 36 yard line. Hug got the ball again on offense
and gained four. Green had a nice gain on second down,
but it was for naught when the official walked the ball
back to the Bomber 20 yard line after signaling holding
on Edon. Faced with second and 26, the Bombers
picked up 25 when Sapp hit Thiel. On third and one
Sapp picked up the first down and more when the quar-
terback draw resulted in a 55 yard touchdown scamper.
Peeples boot split the uprights and for the first time of
the night Edon led, 19-14 with 8:54 to go before half-
time.
If the Edon team and fans werent fired up enough
already, they were in a total frenzy after three consecu-
tive pass attempts from Tille fell to the turf. The Bears
punted on fourth down and the ball came to rest with no
return at the Edon 33 yard line.
With lead in hand the Bombers marched back on the
field. Sapp to Hug moved the ball 17 yards to the mid-
field stripe. Consecutive runs by Sapp netted one, then
11 yards. Sapp targeted another aerial in Hugs direc-
tion on first down, but the ball sailed out of bounds.
Hug added one on the ground, then Sapp had a nice run
negated by a holding penalty. The infraction sent the
ball back to the Edon 44 yard line. Thiel hauled in
another toss for eight yard, but the Bombers wisely
decided to punt on fourth down and 18 from the
Gibsonburg 46. Peeples first punt of the night was fair
caught at the Bears 13 yard line.
Gibsonburg was able to pick up one first down on the
possession, but thereafter the Bomber defense tightened
forcing another punt. This time Hug returned the ball to
the Edon 31 yard line.
The Bombers were stymied once again as Sapp was
unable to connect with Thiel on first down. Sapp hit Hug
for eight, but lost two on third down. This time Peeples
kick sailed out of bounds at the Gibsonburg 40 yard line.
Following an incompletion from Tille, Sapp shifted
the momentum back in the favor of Edon when he
stepped in the path of a Tille pass. The pick gave Edon
the ball back on the Burg 40 yard line.
With only 1:05 to go before halftime, the Bombers
shifted gears to full hurry up mode. Sapp directed
another toss in Hugs direction and the senior leaped
high above two defenders to grab the ball. However,
three consecutive incompletions left Edon facing fourth
and 10 from the Gibsonburg 33 with just over 30 sec-
onds remaining. Sapp rolled right, but was unable to
find an open receiver. He raced all the way back across
the field left only to find a wide open Peeples for an
apparent Bomber score with just 22 seconds left in the
half. However, after a brief meeting between the officials
it was determined Sapp was beyond the line of scrim-
mage on the pass and the ball was turned over on downs
to Gibsonburg at the Bears 38 yard line.
With little time left, Hayward gained 17 for the Bears.
However, Gibsonburg gave the ball right back to Edon
when Tille hit Thiel instead of another Bear at the Burg
45 yard line.
With just 4.9 seconds left on the clock Sapp pitched
to Hug, who in turn threw back to Sapp. The play
resulted in just a short gain as the clock ticked to zero
with Edon leading 19-14 at intermission.
Edon lined up to kick
off to start the second half.
As Hug was set to boot the
ball deep, instead he
caught the entire
Gibsonburg return team
off guard with a perfect
onside kick that was cov-
ered by Jordan Whittaker
at the Bears 45 yard line.
The kick brought the visi-
tors sideline and stands to
life as the offense burst
back out on the field. Hug
got another shot and
gained five, then Green
added 12 yards and anoth-
er first down. The next
play resulted in a seven
yard loss as the shotgun
snap was high and rico-
cheted from Sapps hands
into Hugs. A strike from
Sapp to Hug gained 10
back, but on third and
seven the combo were
unable to connect. It was
decision time once again
for Edon on fourth and
seven from the Bears 25.
This time the choice paid
dividends as Sapp followed
his line through the middle
for just enough for the first
down. With the ball at the
Bears 18, Sapp gained six on first down, then Green
gained three before being held to no gain on third. There
was no doubt the Bombers were going for it once again
with fourth down and one at the nine yard line. Sapp
sprinted all the way across the field left, then back right.
The quarterback stopped just enough to set his feet and
find Hug wide open in the back corner of the endzone.
When Peeples boot was spot on once again, Edon was in
control 26-14 with 8:04 left in the third quarter.
If the score hadnt done enough to fire up the
Bombers even more, the next defensive series did. A hold
sent the Bears back to their 26 yard line and an incom-
pletion followed. Consecutive sacks by Whittaker and
Green led to a fourth down punt from the Gibsonburg 20
yard line. The punt was shanked out of bounds and
marked at the Bears 43 yard line.
Sensing the win and impending playoff berth associ-
ated with it, Edon kicked it into high gear. Sapp hit
Peeples for nine and ran for another ten to move the ball
to the Bears 24. Green added seven, but a false start
moved the ball back five yards. Undaunted, Sapp found
Hug again to cover the 22 yards needed for another
touchdown. The Peeples kick was true to move Edon
comfortably ahead 33-14 with 3:36 still left in the third
quarter.
A short kick return gave the beaten down Bears the
ball at their 28 yard line. A second down screen pass led
to a first down, but an incompletion and a Heath Brown
tackle led to a three yard loss. Now in desperation mode
facing third and 13, Gibsonburg resorted to a trick of
their own. A toss sweep to Heyward was a designed
pass. However, the toss hung in the air for what seemed
to be an eternity before falling into Browns hands for
Edons fourth interception of the night.
With great field position once again the Bombers
looked poised to leave no doubt in the outcome of the
game. Green galloped for 16 yards to give Edon first and
goal at the five yard line. Green moved the Bombers two
yards closer on first down, but Thiel lost two on second.
On third and goal at the five Sapp sent another pass to
Hug. Unfortunately Hug slipped on the moist turf dur-
ing his cut and the ball landed in the hands of the
Gibsonburg cornerback who fell to the ground at the ten.
The Bomber defense rose to the occasion once again
forcing a three and out with 11:21 remaining in the
game. The Bears punter booted the ball to the Edon 42
where it was downed.
With the game well in hand Coach Scott Staten
decided to milk the clock and go almost exclusively to
the ground game burning 7:40 seconds off in thirteen
plays. Sapp for three, then Hug for a loss of one pro-
ceeded an eight yard scamper by Sapp which resulted in
a first down. Green gained four, then five on two succes-
sive carries, but Sapp lost one. In the only pass of the
series Sapp hit Thiel for a big 19 yard gain. Green for
another four, then Sapp added one then nine to move
the chains to the Gibsonburg seven yard line. Hug
moved the ball to the one yard line with another run,
then Sapp left no doubt the Bombers were heading back
to the playoffs when he plunged in for the score. Peeples
hit his fourth straight PAT for the 40-14 advantage.
The Golden Bears added a score in their last posses-
sion as the Bombers substituted freely on defense. Edon
got the ball back with 2:13 left and continued to run out
the clock. As the scoreboard ticked to zero the Bomber
players, coaches, cheerleaders and fans erupted onto the
field to take part in the celebration.
Kaden Sapp had another huge night for Edon. The
junior signal caller finished 16-25 passing for 259 yards
with three touchdown passes and one interception. He
also was the leading rusher for the Bombers with 22 car-
ries for 172 yards and three more scores. Hug had an
exceptional night as well hauling in 9 catches for 165
yards and 3 TDs. For the second week in a row Hug
lined up more frequently in the backfield as the senior
had 8 totes for 36 yards. After just two first half carries,
Green picked up the majority of the workload in the sec-
ond half and ended with 14 totes for 55 yards. Other
receptions included Thiel who had 5 catches for 73
yards, Bloir hauled in one pass for 12 yards and Peeples
had one catch for nine yards.
Following the game Coach Staten shared his feelings
on the win. Im super excited for our kids, for our
seniors, our community and everyone who has rallied
behind us. When asked how the team has responded
the last two weeks to falling behind early and coming
back to dominate the game the coach replied, We talked
about it before the game and halftime that hard work
and dedication pays off. Our kids have worked their tails
off, especially in the off season, to get to this point. The
overall resiliency of our kids is amazing. They fight real
hard and have exceptional mental toughness. We talk
all the time about mental toughness and being able to
handle adversity. Our kids continue to fight like crazy
and never get rattled. Im very proud of them for that.
Now that the Bombers are guaranteed to be in the play-
offs Coach Staten was asked about potential matchups.
The projections prior to the game indicated we would
play Tiffin Calvert at Tiffin if we both won tonight. Three
out of the four times we have made the playoffs it has
been against Calvert at Tiffin. Whatever ...
CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
PHOTOS BY KENT HUTCHISON, STAFF
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prepared as possible and see where it
takes us. The coaches prediction was
spot on as the 8-2 Bombers ended up
fifth in Division VII Region 24 and will
once again travel to Tiffin to take on
Calvert. The Senecas come in at 6-4 and
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Bombers Heading Back To Playoffs ...
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Danbury Holds Off A Furious Hilltop Rally
To Win A TAAC Slobberknocker, 38-35
LAKESIDE MARBLE-
HEAD - The Hilltop Cadets
have been affiliated with
the Toledo Area Athletic
Conference since 2005.
After eight years, the
Danbury Lakers of the
TAAC have a streak run-
ning against the Cadet
Cadre. In eight games,
Danbury had yet to crack
the win column against the
running red.
On November 1, Hilltop
made the arduous trek to
the Lake Erie shores of
Ottawa County for their
annual tilt with the Lakers.
Looking to win back-to-
back games for the first
time this season, the
Cadets once again dug
themselves into a deep hole
early. This time around,
Danbury was able to hold
off a late Hilltop charge, as
the Lakers got their first
ever win over the Cadets,
38-35.
By the time that Quinn
Smith hit Chad Champion
with a 38-yard touchdown
pass with 6:34 left in the
first half, the Lakers were
already up by two touch-
downs. Danbury scored
again with 3:36 left in the
half to take a 21-7 lead into
the intermission.
The Lakers added two
third period touchdowns to
open a 35-7 lead. The
hometown faithful might
have sensed a blowout in
the making, but the Cadets
saw something different...
the Lakers were dropping
anchor way too soon.
The Cadet salvos began
to hit home just prior to the
end of the third period as
Smith and Champion con-
nected on a touchdown
pass to bring Hilltop to
within three touchdowns at
35-14. The final frame had
the Lakers fan base look-
ing for their Maalox.
Smith found Austin
Batt for a 13-yard strike
with 10:59 left in the game
to close the deficit to two
touchdowns. Two minutes
later Smith and Champion
hooked up again to bring
Hilltop to within a touch-
down at 35-28. All that was
needed was for the Cadet
defense to shut down the
Lakers, but they were not
up to the task.
What proved to be the
insurance points came
from the foot of James
Dorko, as he connected on
a 20-yard field goal with
4:20 left in the game to
reestablish Danburys dou-
ble-digit lead at 38-28.
With 2:12 left in the con-
test, Hilltop drew closer
when Smith called his own
number and ran six yards
for a touchdown. Trailing
by three with all three time-
outs and better than two
minutes to play, the Cadets
tried to get the ball back
via the onside kick.
Danbury was ready though,
and they smothered the
ball to retain possession
and run out the clock.
Smith had the most
prolific night of his young
career, going 12 of 30 for
168 yards, four scores and
a pick. Miklo Abner com-
pleted his only pass for 18
yards.
Champion hauled in 7
passes for 111 yards and 3
touchdowns; Smith caught
one for 18, and Logan
Brooker grabbed one for 16
yards. Abner caught a pass
for 14 yards, Zack VanDyke
had 2 for 14, and Batt
snared a pass for 13 yards
and a score.
Abner ran the ball 7
times for 52 yards, Smith
gained the same amount
and a score on 11 tries,
and Champion went twice
for 5 yards. Champion had
17 stops on defense,
including 1.5 for loss.
Abner had 2.5 hits for loss
with a sack, Brooker got
six stops, three for a loss,
and Mikel Burlew had a
pickoff for the Cadets who
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paign with a 2-8 / 1-6
mark.
Locomotives Out Muscled By Delta
To Close Out The Season, 47-7
By: Mark Mercer
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
DELTA - The Montpelier Locomotives
traveled to Delta on Friday, November 1
in the season finale, and when the final
gun sounded to close out the season,
the Locos dropped another hard fought
game to a tough Delta squad 47-7. The
loss drops the Locomotives to 2-8 on the
season and 1-7 in NWOAL action.
Delta opened up the scoring on the
evening at 5:54 in the 1
st
quarter when
the Panthers connected on a 42 yard
scoring strike and following the extra
point, Delta moved to a 7-0 lead. The
Locomotive defense stood solid through-
out the 1
st
, but Deltas powerful ground
attack took control and kept the Loco
offense off the field. Delta added anoth-
er score with 31 seconds remaining in
the quarter on a 49 TD run to make the
score 14-0 at the end of the 1
st
.
Each team traded possessions in the
opening minutes of the second quarter,
but once again, the powerful Panther
ground attack took control and at 8:04
punched the ball into the end zone to
move to a 21-0 lead following the extra
point. Delta added another scoring run
at the 4:51 mark with a 5 yard run,
closing out the half at 28-0.
To open the 3
rd
quarter, the
Locomotive ground game got a feisty
Locomotive squad on the scoreboard
when Quarterback Keegan Hitzeman
plunged into the end zone from 1 yard
out, and following the successful extra
point, the Locos closed the gap to 28-7.
But as the Locomotives found some
success on the ground, the Panther
defense stood tall and shut down any
come back the Locos had in mind,
while adding to their lead on a 8 yard
power run at the 5:54 mark in the quar-
ter, bringing the score to 34-7 and clos-
ing out the quarter.
Into the 4
th
quarter, the Panther
defense continued to stymie the
Locomotive attack with an athletic and
fast group of defenders. Delta punched
the ball into the end zone with another
scoring strike from 24 yards out on a
catch and determined run through the
Loco defense, bringing the score to
40-7. The Panthers then rounded out
the scoring for the evening when at the
4:05 mark, the Panther offensive line
paved the way for a powerful 90 yard
burst though the Montpelier defense,
bringing the score to 47-7 and closing
out a tough season for the young
Locomotives.
On the night for the Locomotives,
Hitzeman gained 67 yards through the
air, going 4-20 with 1 interception.
Receiving for the Locos, Alex Zuver
hauled in 2 catches for 20 yards, while
Cody Caudill snagged 2 catches for 47
yards.
On the ground, Jordan Birdsall led
the Locos with 58 yards on 15 carries,
Levi Croft added 9 yards on 5 carries.
Wyatt Beck toughed out 5 yards on 9
carries and QB Hitzeman added 4 yards.
Defensively for the Locomotives,
Birdsall led all defenders with 11.5
stops on the night while Nate McCord
chipped in 4 tackles. Caudill added 3.5
hits along with Simon Wang, Jared
Sargent, and Nathan Buehrer who con-
tributed 2.5 take downs. Max Hulbert
and Zuver had 2 stops with Hitzeman
adding 1.5 tackles. Morrissey was cred-
ited with 1 stop and Ivan Moore along
with Austin Cook rounded out the
defensive effort with .5 tackles credited
on the night.
Also for the Locomotives, Caudill
chipped in an extra point on the evening
and punter Hulbert kicked 8 times for
188 yards averaging 23.5 yards per
punt.
In closing out what was a brutal
schedule on the season, the Locomotives
showed toughness and promise for next
season, and with 20 letterman return-
ing for the Locomotives next year, opti-
mism abounds throughout the pro-
gram. The experience gained against
what is arguably the toughest schedule
in the area this year will provide valu-
able game time knowledge next year as
the Locos open a new campaign.

Mark Mercer can be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com
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Taylor Vernot Of Wauseon Runs To The
D-II State Individual Championship
COLUMBUS - The Wauseon Indians
finished sixth at the D-II Girls Cross
Country State Finals on November 2.
Facing their toughest test of the
2013 season, the Lady Indians were in
the field facing 15 state-ranked teams.
The October 31 OATCCC poll found the
Lady Indians finally getting some
respect as they moved up to #7 in the
polls. The top five teams all finished
ahead of the Tribe in Columbus, but
the Lady Lumberjacks of Oakwood,
ranked #6 and led by defending D-II
State Champion Mary Kate Vaughn, fell
to the eighth place team finish. Vaughn
and Wauseons own Taylor Vernot were
involved in a battle for the front of the
pack for the entire race. At the end
though, when the time came to shift it
into high gear, Vaughn found herself
with clutch problems. Vernot found her
overdrive though, overtook Vaughn,
and captured the D-II Individual
Championship by 5.3 seconds over
Vaughn, and 16.9 seconds over the
third place finisher.
At the end of the first mile, Vaughn
had a 0.4 second lead over Allison
Sinning of Tippecanoe for first place,
with Hannah Campbell of Caledonia
River Valley in third by 0.1 seconds,
and Vernot in fourth, 0.2 seconds
behind Campbell. The conditioning of
Vernot began to come to the fore in the
second mile as Vernot overtook
Campbell for third place, 0.9 seconds
behind first place Vaughn, and 0.6 sec-
onds in back of Sinning.
In the final mile, Vernot found her
overdrive with a third mile time of
5:49.1, her best one-mile timing since
she clocked 5:41.6 in mile one. Sinning
fell off the mark by 4.2 seconds com-
pared to her mile two timing. Sinning
fell into third place, leaving Vaughn
and Vernot vying for the gold. After
posting a 5:40.9 in the first mile and
5:50.0 in the second, Vaughn could not
maintain the pace of Vernot who grew
stronger as the race neared its end. At
the finish line, Vernot was the only
member of the top four finishers that
was able to regain a speed of under
5:50. The conditioning, determination
and skill of Taylor Vernot was the key
to her finally passing Vaughn in the
final leg of the race, never looking back
on her way to becoming the new
Division-II State Champion. Her final
time of 18:04.40 was the fastest regis-
tered by any girl, Divisions I, II or III, at
the 2013 State Finals.
I still cant believe it, said the
newly crowned champ. Coming into
the race this year, I felt more confident
since this was my third trip down, and
I knew exactly what to expect. I knew
one of the most important things to do
in order to have a good shot at placing
in the top few was to get out fast right
away, and stick on the lead pack for as
long as possible, and I think I did just
that. My start was the best start Ive
had at the state meet, and right away I
was side by side with the leaders.
Our little pack stuck pretty close
together through the two-mile mark,
Vernot continued, ..and then it started
to get tough. One by one the other girls
drifted off, but I was still fairly close to
Mary Kate Vaughn in front of me, the
defending state champion. With about
half a mile to go, I was right up next to
her, and I began to try to pass her, but
she wasnt going down without a fight.
We hit the long home stretch and I was
even closer yet to her. At that point I
thought to myself, This is the closest
chance I will ever have to win a state
title; I have to do this.
It felt like I was sprinting faster
than Id ever gone before, but I felt
strong, she recalled. The finish line
was approaching quickly, and I made
my move around Mary Kate, still sur-
prised that she hadnt begun her own
kick to the finish. When I passed her,
and she didnt respond and I heard the
screaming crowd, it was then that I
realized I was going to win it. I gave it
all that I had, and the feeling when I
crossed the line first was unbelievable.
I never, ever thought that I would win
the state meet, but I know that all of my
hard work paid off in that moment.
This is truly a blessing, and I am so
thankful for everybody that had a part
of it. Not many people can say theyve
ran at the state meet, but then to win
it? Thats something I will never forget.
Neither will Wauseon High School,
Taylor...not by a long shot.
The following Wauseon finishes were
recorded by place and time...
6 - WAUSeON - 179
1 - Taylor Vernot - 18:04.40
* Ohio D-II Girls State Champion *
53 - Seneca Wyse - 19:55.60
61 - Aneesa Volkman - 20:04.20
65 - Kylie Archibeque - 20:07.60
76 - Lindsey Archibeque - 20:20.90
103 - Megan Beck - 20:51.30
125 - Aleea Volkman - 21:39.60
Varsity Cross Country Action
THE HOMETOWN HUDDLE
PHOTO BY MICHAEL NOFZIGER, STAFF
ALL SMILeS ... Assistant coach Tom Vernot, Taylor Vernot and coach Joe Allen pose for
a championship picture as Taylor won the Division II state cross country title Saturday
in Columbus.
By: Bill Bray
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
The Wauseon Indians helped themselves
to an extended football season Friday night
with a 35-14 NWOAL victory over Patrick
Henry.
Patrick Henry was looking to advance to
their 12th consecutive playoff appearance
under coach Bill Inselmann. The Wauseon
Indians playoff drought dates back to 1999
and they had not beaten the Patriots since
2007.
The frst quarter was a test of wills as nei-
ther team could 'get off the ground' grinding
out short yardage and seeing drives stall for
almost the entire quarter.
With 11 seconds remaining in the open-
ing stanza, and the Indians on their own
nine-yard line, the sea parted and through it
ran Kris Boysel. Boysel had received a 'pitch
and catch' reception from his quarterback
Ty Suntken. Boysel gathered the ball on the
12 yard line. From there the talented senior
receiver galloped 91 yards for the game's
frst score. Suntken found Axel Bueter in
the front corner of the end zone for the extra
points and the Indians were up 8-0.
Bueter, valuable on both sides of the line,
intercepted a pass on Patrick Henry's next
drive and returned the ball to the Wauseon
36. On the frst play from scrimmage it was
Bueter again, this time receiving the ball
from Suntken and sprinting 53 yards down
to the Patriot's 11. From there it was Zac
Robinson for a fve yard gain, an incomplete
Suntken pass, then a six-yard Suntken to
Noah Castle pass that put the Indians up
14-0 with 7:34 left in the frst half. Josh
Whitcomb added the kick and Wauseon had
a suprising 15-0 lead.
Patrick Henry suffered much of the frst
half with ball control. Quarterback Derek
Kolpien fumbled numerous snaps from his
center. The same was true on the Patriot's
next possession. Two straight center ex-
change fumbles were recovered by Patrick
Henry, the second on a fourth and one that
turned the ball back over to the Indians at
the Wauseon 44.
Wauseon wasted little time again as
Bueter skirted for 33 yards to the Patrick
Henry 24 then Boysel hauled in a Suntken
pass for the remainder of the distance and
with 5:01 left in the half Wauseon was pull-
ing away 21-0.
With Patrick Henry running three times
as many offensive plays as Wauseon, the
stats would say that the Patriot's were domi-
nating. But big plays were part of Wauseon's
offense over three quarters of the game.
Their fourth score was no different. Taking
over on their own 27, Suntken found Buet-
er with a screen pass that turned into a 73
yard touchdown run to start the third quar-
ter. Whitcomb added the extra point and at
the 7:28 mark the Tribe continued to pull
away 28-0.
To that point the four Indians score
drives read like this. One play, 91 yards.
Four plays, 64 yards. Four plays, 56 yards.
One play, 73 yards.
The Patriots, behind the running of their
workhorse, Tobey Hernandez, were able to
put six points on the board as the fourth
quarter started. On the 14 play, 74 yard
drive, Hernandez carried seven times. Josh
Peterson's fve yard run put the Patriot's into
the scoring column as the score read 28-7
with 10:27 remaining in the contest.
Wauseon, again wasted little time in
answering back with a three play, 58 yard
drive. After a short four-yard pass to Zac
Robinson, Suntken found a hole on the right
side and rambled 57 yards to the Patriot's
two. There he was hit hard and fumbled the
ball forward. An alert Zach Johnson dove
onto the ball giving the Indians their ffth
and fnal tally of the game at the 9:03 mark.
Whitcomb's kick was good and the lopsided
score read 35-7.
A Peterson to Hoops pass supplied Pat-
rick Henry with a consolation touchdown
at the 6:04 mark as the fnal score ended
Wauseon 35, Patrick Henry 14.
"Our seniors were phenomenal tonight,"
coach Travis Cooper said. "Our defense has
been superb all season long. We just weren't
able to run the football very well on them.
They are good up front. All those big plays
we made tonight is what sticks out to me."
Ty Suntken, who now has one more
chance to gain 1,000 yards rushing for his
second straight season from his quarter-
back position, continued to escape ques-
tions about himself and his well being. "I'm
not thinking about myself at this point. I am
just so happy that we can now represent our
community in the playoffs for the frst time
in 14 years. I feel very blessed that I have
been able to come back and play for coach
Cooper and all the coaches and my team-
mates."
Wauseon's defensive coordinator, J.D.
Schnitkey was a member of the 1999 team,
the last Indians team to make the playoffs. "I
think both teams are similar in the way that
we play as a team," Schnitkey said. "You
can tell that the players on our team are not
only teammates but they are friends. This
is how we were in '99. When players want
the 'w' more for the person beside them than
themselves you can achieve great things as
a team."
The season continues on for the Indi-
ans as they will make the trec to Wooster to
take on the Triway Titans Friday. Triway is
a member of the Principals Athletic Confer-
ence and fnished their regular season rated
third in Region 12 of Division IV. They sport
an 8-2 record.
Bill Bray may be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com
Wauseons 14 Year Playoff Hiatus Comes
To An End With 35-14 Win Over P.H.
PHOTOS BY BILL BRAY, STAFF
ON THe LOOSe ... Wauseons Zac Robinson flled in for Ty Suntken for one play Fri-
day night and ripped off a 36 yard sprint down to the Patrick Henry 15 yard line.
PLAYING LIKe ITS 1999 ... With his expe-
rience at playing in Wauseons last playoff
game in 1999, perhaps coach J.D. Schnit-
key is giving Noah Castle advice on how to
handle it.
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freshman is quite an
accomplishment, and a
potentially overwhelming
one at that for someone
in their first year of
Varsity competition.
If there was any over-
whelming done on
November 2 though,
Alexa Leppelmeier of
Pettisville was the one
doing it.
Leppelmeier finished
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competition with a time of
19:58.09. She was the
sixth freshman to cross
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story goes well beyond
the number. Of the five
frosh finishing ahead of
her, four of them did not
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Quintin Reiser Of Wauseon Takes To
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COLUMBUS - With a final time of
16:27.18, Quintin Reiser of Wauseon fin-
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Boys Cross Country Finals on November
2. Reiser earned his place in the final field
by taking the D-II Tiffin Regional
Championship on October 26.
Through the first mile, Reiser was in
the lead pack, running sixth with a time of
5:02.1. The second and third miles saw
the lone Indian beginning to fall back
though. He posted a time of 5:15.9 in the
second mile, falling from sixth to seventh.
The third mile saw his time slip to 5:17.8,
where he finished 0.02 seconds behind
Alex Barrientos of Defiance who fell from
fourth to thirteenth in the final mile.
"I started out at about my average
pace, which kept with the front pack for
the first two miles," Reiser said. "Then I
found myself getting more tired than
usual in the last mile and fell back from
the lead pack as they were pulling away. I
then found myself in a big group of run-
ners and just tried to tough it out until the
end. It was definitely the toughest race I've
ran all year, and the conditions were
pretty tough, but overall I was satisfied
with my race and hopefully I'll have a bet-
ter outcome next year!"
The fourteenth place finish put Reiser
on the podium with the top sixteen finish-
ers after the race. With a postseason push
like he displayed on his way to the capitol
city this year, it will come as little surprise
to anyone if he his name should appear on
the qualifier roster for Columbus in 2014.
PHOTO BY MICHAEL NAFZIGER, STAFF
STATE CONTENDER ... Quintin Reiser is pictured with his coaches, Tom Vernot (left)
and Joe Allen (right) after placing 14th at the Division II State Cross Country meet.
Alexa Leppelmeier Of Pettisville Places
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Donkey Basketball games Held at
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IT'S MINE! ... Chris Lee takes the ball from the announcer to try to fnd a two-legged
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and white-team player Justin Rufenacht enjoy meeting
one of the "other" players during halftime of the game.
RIDING TO THE FINISH LINE ... Pettisville student Evie
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As a fund raising favorite,
the Pettisville Blackbirds la-
dies basketball team sold over
550 tickets to watch local fa-
vorites brave the basketball
court on the backs of feisty
donkeys. As the game between
the orange, gold, black and
white teams carried on, so did
their 4-legged friends.
The evening was hosted
by Buckeye Donkey Ball Llc.
from Mt. Sterling, Ohio.
Team members consisted
of Coach Greg Nafziger, spe-
cial education teacher Sarah
Frankenfield, 30-year bus
driver Diane Nafziger, Pastor
Jeff Kauffman, of Zion Men-
nonite Church, school secre-
tary Christi Miller, Pettisville
alumni Tim Klopfenstein,
Pastor Kent Norr of Pettisville
Missionary Church, "Lunch
Lady Band", accounts re-
ceivable Natalie King, Pastor
Trey Sonnenberg of Archbold
Evangelical Church, Feed Mill
man Ryan Wyse, Mr. Archi-
tect Rick Graber, Tyler Roth,
co-owner of RD Custom Ap-
parel, "broke-college student"
Brady Avina, student Kaitlin
Nofziger, teachers aide Mary
Sauder, teacher Jim Hoops,
teacher Shannon Borton,
teacher Lacee Lovins, Pastor
Jess Engle of West Clinton
Mennonite Church, teacher
Barb Stuckey, teacher Lisa
Aeschliman, teacher Jason
Mansfield, bus driver Tammy
Burkholder, Phil King, Mar-
keting Coordinator at Rupp
Seeds, Justin Rufenacht of
Tri-Flo Propane and Fertil-
izer, teacher Kendra Stahl,
Coach Scott Rupp, "poor col-
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school board member Chris
Lee and Ashlyn Bontrag-
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As the game commenced,
the announcer of Buckeye
Donkey Ball Llc. asked the
audience to "help" the players
by being rowdy. Loud cheers
"help" the donkeys: either for
the players, or against them.
Little did the players know,
the announcer did little to
help the players achieve their
goal. But, it did make for
some fantastic water cooler
talk at work the next day!
Some players had a hard
time staying on their respec-
tive donkey as it seemed that
not all of the donkeys wanted
to play. Some slid off their
back sides, a few were bowed
off of the tops of their heads,
some simply just could not
stay on. And a few just didn't
try to brave the ride. Either
way, fun was had by all,
whether at their expense or
just plain comical relief by the
donkeys that seemed to have
their job down to a science.
With every folly of the bas-
ketball pass, with every roar
of laughter from the crowd, the
event was a supreme success.
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