Around the WBL: Kenton-Wapak have a Week 10 showdown set
Combined WBL Record: 48-42 (.533)
WBL Teams Currently in Playoff Spots: 4
Kenton (9-0, 8-0 WBL) at Wapakoneta (9-0, 8-0 WBL)
2010 Game: Kenton 46, Wapakoneta 15
Perhaps the premier game in the state of Ohio, the unbeaten Kenton Wildcats travel to the unblemished Wapak Redskins for what is essentially a WBL football championship game at Harmon Field.
“I don’t believe either team will keep anything in the barn for the playoffs,” Wapak head coach Doug Frye said.
Maty Mauk and Kenton have gone unchallenged the past three weeks and the Wildcat offense that averages 46.4 points per game will play a Wapakoneta defense giving up just 13.3 points per game.
Mauk has thrown for 3,403 yards, 43 touchdowns and a 67 percent completion rate while has rushed for 1,037 yards and 12 scores on 139 carries.
“His scrambling ability is the X-factor,” Wapak head coach Doug Frye said. “Obviously you know he has a great arm and he has very good receivers and they’re going to make plays.”
Frye has faced Mike Mauk’s all-out spread attack 12 times in his head-coaching career, both at St. Marys and Wapak, and will draw on that experience Friday night.
“There are things we’ve done right and things we’ve done wrong,” Frye said. “And there are things we’ve done right and still haven’t been successful.
“We’ll have multiple strategies on defense,” Frye said.
The Redskins can score out of its Wing N’ Fling offense, itself. The Redskins are putting up 39.3 points per game.
Wapak ran for 220 yards against Shawnee, with Connor Pickens rushing for Pickens finished the night with 117 rushing yards on 20 carries with four touchdowns.
Celina (1-8, 1-7 WBL) at Bath (4-5, 3-5)
2010 Game: Celina 26, Bath 20
Notes: Celina’s long season ends with a trip to Bath. Celina has collapsed defensively in the second half of the season. The Bulldogs are giving up 43 points per game and over the past three weeks have surrendered 63 points per game over the last three weeks.
Bath’s slim playoff hopes were completely dashed last week with a 35-18 loss to Ottawa-Glandorf.
Bath running back Aaron Smith is out for the season with a broken jaw.
Defiance (4-5, 3-5) at Elida (6-3, 5-3 WBL)
2010 Game: Elida 35, Defiance 13
Notes: Elida tries to clinch a home playoff game as it sits in fifth in the Division III, Region 10 standings with a 6-3 record.
Elida’s three losses have come to teams with combined records of 25-2 (Wapak, Kenton and O-G). Elida’s lone win over a team with an above .500 record is Detroit Henry Ford, which made the playoffs in Michigan this year.
O-G (7-2, 6-2 WBL) at Van Wert (0-9, 0-8 WBL)
2010 Game: O-G 42, Van Wert 15
Notes: While O-G sits in seventh in the playoff standings in Division IV, Region 14, its game with Van Wert won’t do the Titans much good when it comes to getting a first-round home game in the postseason. Van Wert still is winless. The Titans have already clinched a playoff spot and sit in sixth in their region. Now it’s a matter of who they play.
With a victory, O-G will have won seven or more games in the regular season in five of the last seven seasons under Ken Schriner.
Van Wert played St. Marys to tie last week for a half before the Rider running game wore down the thin Cougar roster.
Van Wert already has clinched its worst season since 2006, when the Cougars went 1-9.
(Wapakoneta Daily News Sports Editor John S. Hullinger contributed to this story.)