(September 29th, 2014): Being inducted into a new club can be difficult at times. Being inducted into a rivalry, that is a different level of intensity altogether.
That intensity was felt by the Wauseon and Archbold Freshmen teams when they faced off for the first time in high school action.
True, these boys have likely faced each other throughout junior high, and maybe even in the younger grades, in several forms of competition. Yet, the border between eighth and ninth grade is separated by a gaping chasm of expectations, and that pressure is amplified ten fold when applied to a rivalry.
Whether or not that pressure played a factor in the 46-16 defeat of the Indians at the hands of the Blue Streaks will likely never be known. But it’s hard to believe that the Archbold Freshmen are simply 30 points better than their counterparts from Wauseon.
Hunter Yackee shined for Wauseon in the loss. Throwing a touchdown pass to Owen Newlove and rushing for another, Yackee had a hand in all 16 Indian points.
The loss dropped the Freshmen Indian record to 3-2 on the season.