Apaches grab sole possession of the south

Three Wabash defenders converge on a Maconaquah runner. Photo by Gary Andrews

By Gary Andrews

BUNKER HILL -- The Wabash football team had a big date at Maconaquah on Friday as the Apaches took a perfect 3-0 record into the game. The Braves also boasted a 3-0 record with both teams being in the south division of the TRC.

It would be a match up of the Braves offensive line size against the Apache defensive speed, with speed overcoming size as Wabash moved to 4-0 for the first time since 1966 in a 24-7 and take sole possession of the south division.

The Apaches would try to catch the Braves off guard to start the game with an onside kick that was touched to soon, giving Maconaquah the ball. The Braves would mount a small drive before the Apache defense dug in to force a punt. The Wabash offense would stall with an Owen Yeadon punt putting the Braves deep in their own territory.

The Apache defense would come up big again, forcing a fumble with Skylar Hall recovering on the 26. After a long Yeadon run to the 4, Luke Proctor put the first points on the board for a 7-0 lead with 3:59 left in the quarter. Maconaquah would even the score late in the quarter when quarterback Luke Hann broke five tackles before finding Keron Hullum on a 43 yard scoring strike with 33.8 left to tie the score at 7.

Neither team could break through in the second quarter as several drives ended with turnovers or punts and the game was still tied at 7 at the half.

The Apaches did all the scoring in the second half. In the third quarter Owen Yeadon would give the Apaches a 10-7 lead on a 20 yard field goal with 3:42 remaining after the Apache defense forced another Brave fumble. After giving the offense great field position for a score, the Wabash defense did some scoring on it’s own when Noah Cressell blocked a punt with Reece McDonald picking it up and racing 44 yards for a score and a 17-7 lead.

Wabash would tack on one more score with 2:24 left in the game when Proctor scored from 2 yards to secure the win.

Passing : Hipskind 6 of 12, 64 yards

Rushing : Proctor 21 for 76 yards : Yeadon 8 for 68 yards : Hipskind 9 for 2 yards

Receiving : Proctor 1 for 34 yards : Dillon 2 for 20 yards : Weber 2 for 6 yards : Yeadon 1 for 4 yards

The Wabash defense held Maconaquah to 143 yards of offense

Posted on 2015 Sep 15