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Redskins run away from Chiefs in season opener

Bellefontaine hung around with Wapakoneta for 2 1/2 quarters Friday, but the visiting Redskins used their punishing ground game to pull away for a 49-13 victory in the season opener at Dodd Stadium.

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ABOVE: Bellefontaine’s Jordan Baughman looks for running room during the Chiefs’ game against Wapakoneta on Friday. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Bellefontaine’s Gauge Hayman escapes a Wapakoneta defender during Friday’s season-opening game at Dodd Stadium. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MATT HAMMOND)

The Chiefs trailed 28-7 at halftime, but pulled to within two touchdowns early in the second half.

Wapakoneta did not let Bellefontaine get any closer. The Redskins scored three unanswered touchdowns over the final 16 minutes of the game.

It was the third straight win for the Redskins in the series. Wapakoneta has outscored the Chiefs 139-23 in those victories.

“I am proud of how our kids fought,” said BHS head coach Chris Schmidt. “It will be easy for people to look at the scoreboard and say this game must have been the same as last year, but I don’t think it was. We fought tooth and nail the whole way. Our lack of depth did hurt us in the second half, but Wapakoneta is a really good football team.”

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