WAPAKONETA — Wapakoneta head coach Doug Frye put the ball and his trust in the hands of a first-time starting sophomore quarterback in the St. Marys game.
Aaron Huffman looked quite comfortable running the Redskin Wing-T attack in his varsity debut with a player like Keaton Metz catching his passes and a hulking fullback like Zach Schmerge bowling over Roughrider defenders.
Wapakoneta romped 49-14 over the Roughriders at Harmon Field on Friday night to continue its success against their Augalize County rival since Frye arrived.
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With starting junior quarterback Kodi Morgan out with an injury, the Redskins’ main weapons helped out the young Huffman, who went 6-of-11 passing for 160 yards with two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown.
“I’m so proud of Aaron Huffman,” Frye, the fourth-year Wapak coach, said. “He played a JV game on Monday. We thought Kodi was going to be able to go and then we got the word on Tuesday that he wasn’t going to go, so all of sudden Aaron was thrown to the wolves. There’s things he needs to get better on, but I was impressed by his poise.”
St. Marys (0-8, 0-7 WBL) tried to make Huffman beat them.
“We tried to load up in the box and stop the run and he made a couple throws,” St. Marys head coach Greg Phillips said. “I wouldn’t call them good throws or bad throws, but he got the job done. But what are you going to do? We’re not going to sit back and play the pass against the offensive line that they’ve got with a rookie quarterback under center.”
Huffman had help.
Metz rushed for 106 yards and caught touchdown passes of 44, 32 and 62 yards for his 138 yards receiving from Huffman, who lofted the ball up in the air and let the skilled Metz adjust to the ball and fly into the end zone on the Harmon Field carpet.
“If I could clone him, I would,” Frye said about Metz, laughing. “With Aaron we just concentrated on him getting the ball where it needed to be and letting our guys make plays.”
Schmerge softened up the St. Marys center of the defense by rushing for 148 yards on 18 carries, including a 64-yard first quarter touchdown run that gave Wapakoneta a 13-0 lead. Wapak scored after receiving the opening kick-off and driving 54 yards in eight plays to go up 7-0.
Wapakoneta hasn’t lost to St. Marys in the four seasons since Doug Frye arrived as the Redskins’ head coach. Frye, who spent 11 seasons as the Roughrider head coach, has turned Wapakoneta into a perennial playoff contender. The Redskins entered the game in first place in the computer point standings in Division III’s Region 10.
“There were some special times for me in that community and I still live there. I love the community,” Frye said. “They’re struggling, but their kids play hard and play with character.”
Trent Slife led St. Marys with 110 yards rushing and Patrick Obringer ran for 100 yards on the night. St. Marys rushed for 242 yards.
St. Marys’ losing streak has reached 19 games dating back to Week 9 of the 2011 season. The Roughriders travel to Ottawa-Glandorf next Friday. The Titans shut out Elida 10-0 on Friday.