Kicking off Friday night, the game was postponed to Saturday after only a few plays due to thunderstorms. Unfortunately for the Locomotives, things only got worse from there.
Two first half touchdown passes by Indians quarterback Zac Robinson put Montpelier in an early hole. Noah Castle and Derek Rupp made the receptions, for 20 and 12 yards respectively. The only thing to go right for the Locos in the period was when Wauseon kicker Josh Whitcomb missed the extra point on his team’s second touchdown.
Another Robinson touchdown throw, preceeded by a 2 yard touchdown run by Nate Suntken, put Wauseon up by 26 points. Whitcomb missed a second point after attempt after the rushing score. Late into the third quarter, Nate Suntken ran for a much longer touchdown, sprinting 49 yards for the score. With Whitcomb’s kick parting the uprights, the Indians took a 33 point lead.
The fourth quarter was more of the same. Robinson threw for another touchdown, this one to Jacob Flory for 72 yards. T.J. Gype ran 69 yards into the end zone for the last score of the game. Whitcomb nailed both extra points, giving Wauseon a 47-0 victory over home team Montpelier.
At the conclusion of the game, the boys from Wauseon had amassed an impressive 519 yards of total offense, while the Locos only managed to generate 81. The Indians also dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for thirteen minutes longer than Montpelier.
Zac Robinson led the offensive assault against Montpelier. With deadly accuracy, the Wauseon quarterback completed 18 of 22 passes for 287 yards and 4 touchdowns. Rushing wise, the meaningless touchdown run by Gype made him the leading rusher for the Indians. Nate Suntken’s six rushes for 67 yards and 2 touchdowns had a greater impact on the game, however. But it was Robinson himself who took on the majority of the rushing burden, keeping the ball 16 times for 55 yards.
For as rough of a game as this was for the Locomotives, they played a fairly clean game. Taking care of the ball for most of the game, they only fumbled once, though that did lead to the only turnover of the game. Montpelier also committed only a single penalty, which amounted to five yards.
Despite the lack of mental mistakes, the Locos just couldn’t find a rhythm for their offense. Quarterback Dylan Snyder went 4 for 9 passing for 33 yards, also running the ball 7 times for 20 yards. Bryce Cooley was the most productive runner for Montpelier on the afternoon, charging ahead twice for 21 yards.
Montpelier will need to regroup by next week, as they will be hosting Liberty Center. Wauseon travels to Willard for their next contest.