WAUSEON-October 17, 2014 – The question flying around Wauseon during the week was “Will we be ready for Bryan (5-3, 4-2) after a huge win over Delta the week before?” It is thought that a 61-0 pounding of the Golden Bears answered the question.
The answer really came on the Indians (6-0, 8-0) first possession. Bryan was manhandled the entire game by the Wauseon defense. The Golden Bears first possession gave them a taste of what their night would hold. Bryan ran three plays that netted 0 yards.
Enter the steam rolling Wauseon offense. After an incomplete pass, Nate Suntken took the handoff from Zac Robinson and rumbled down the southern sideline for a 63 yard scoring jaunt. Josh Whitcomb split the uprights and the Indians were 7-0 leaders with 10:19 remaining in the first quarter.
After a great kickoff by Whitcomb, the Golden Bears were forced to set up shop on their own seven yard line.
After two straight runs by Brandon Dean, who came into the game leading the league with 917 yards rushing, lost two yards. Add insult to injury, the Bryan punt travelled just eight yards.
Again it took the potent Indians offense very little time to find pay dirt. After an eight-yard run by Robinson, Jacob Flory got six with a five yard burst and with that the Tribe was up 14-0 with still 8:15 to play in the quarter.
The Indians defense smelled blood by this point. The strong play of familiar names like Jacob Raabe, Noah Castle, Anthony Werder, Jacob Flory and company took over the complexity of the game. Bryan had yet another three-and-out and were again forced to punt. The confident Wauseon offensive eleven came back on the field to again land an uppercut to the Golden Bears.
Wauseon took possession on their own 29-yard line. Between Robinson, Suntken and throw in a 12-yard run by Mason Creager, the Tribe were in the end zone for the third time of the opening 12 minutes. Robinson finished the 12-play 71 yard drive with a two yard plunge. A kick from Whitcomb and the Indians built a 21-0 lead with still 1:45 left.
As not to slow down their assault, Wauseon would rack up 27 more points during the second quarter. Robinson delivered the ball on runs of three and 18 yards, then found a well covered Jacob Newlove with just three ticks remaining in the half. Nate Suntken scored his second six-pointer of the game with a one yard plunge. The only thing that bothered Bryan, as the half came to an end, was the fact that they would have to endure 24 more minutes of this beating. Wauseon went to the locker room a 48-0 leader.
“Our group of seniors remembered all week about our contest against Bryan last season,” coach Travis Cooper commented. Last year, on a questionable extra point call, Bryan ended the Indians hope for a league title and undefeated season falling to the Golden Bears 28-27.
Wauseon added 13 more points the second half. Scoring for the Indians were Robinson on his fourth TD of the night with a one-yard sneak, and a score by reserve running back Dakota Valdez from 11 yards out.
Statistically Robinson led all runners carrying the ball 17 times for 145 yards. Suntken also went over the century mark with 114 yards on nine carries.
Meanwhile, Bryan certainly felt the wrath of the league’s top defense gaining just 148 total yards including just nine yards on 24 rushing attempts.
Liberty Center and Evergreen stand between Wauseon from an unbeaten season (first since 1994) and the NWOAL championship (first since 2007).