SHELBY – For a brief moment, the Wauseon Indians had hope. They weathered a bad start and pulled within 21-6 when Hunter Yackee scored from two yards out just a minute and 20 seconds into the second quarter.
From there, everything else belonged to the Whippets of Shelby, as the fifth-ranked and second-seeded champions of the Bay Division of the Sandusky Bay Conference handled Wauseon 50-13 in a Division IV football regional quarterfinal Friday night.
Shelby needed just two minutes to match the Wauseon touchdown. Starting out with chunk plays of 24 yards on a pass to Carter Brooks and a 20-yard run by quarterback Brennan Armstrong, the Whippets moved the ball to the Wauseon 28.
Two more big plays helped Shelby get into the end zone. Armstrong scrambled enough to move the chains on a third-and-13, and two plays after that he hit Brooks with a 14-yard scoring strike. The extra point put the Whippets ahead 28-6.
They pulled away from there, eventually leading to a running clock.
The Whippets had 240 yards on the ground, with Shorty Brooks going for 173 yards on 15 carries. Armstrong was 13 of 22 passing for 224 yards.
Wauseon finished with 118 yards rushing and 81 passing. Thanks to the late score, Rupp led the Indians on the ground with 62 yards.
The Indians finished the season at 8-3.
Despite an injury to quarterback Gabe Petersen, Archbold defeated Indian Lake 23-14 in Division V football on Friday.
The Blue Streaks will now move onto the Region 18 semifinal where they will head to Findlay’s Donnell Stadium this Friday to take on Marion Pleasant. The Spartans won handily over Genoa Friday, 48-21.
Gabe Petersen ran for one score and threw for another for a 14-0 Archbold lead at the half. He was injured in the second half and replaced at quarterback by his brother who scored a touchdown and the led the Streaks on a drive that ended in a field goal after Indian Lake had cut it to 20-14.