Badin tops Wapakoneta to advance to regional final

Unbeaten Rams will face Tippecanoe next Friday night

Top-ranked and top-seeded Badin used a rugged running game and a stout defense to advance Friday night in the Division III state playoffs.

The Rams (13-0) rushed for 230 yards and didn’t allow a touchdown on their way to a 16-9 win over fourth-seeded Wapakoneta (11-2) in a Region 12 semifinal at Trotwood-Madison High School.

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Carter Russo rushed for 159 yards on 28 carries to lead the Badin ground game.

Zach Yordy’s 1-yard touchdown run with 7:26 to play in the first quarter put Badin on the board first. Nick Warner’s PAT made it 7-0.

The Rams, ranked No. 1 in Division III in the final Associated Press state poll of the season, upped their lead to 13-0 at the 8:28 mark of the second quarter when Alex Ritzie connected with Carson Cheek for a 31-yard touchdown pass.

Wapakoneta made it 13-3 with 3 seconds left in the first half on Kyle Beach’s 38-yard field goal.

Warner’s 34-yard field goal made it 16-3 with 8:25 to play in the third. Wapak added two more Beach field goals (34 and 41 yards) for the final margin.

Ritzie finished 10-of-15 for 99 yards. Cheek caught six passes and had an interception on defense. Drew Enginger added a pick for the Rams.

Badin will face Tippecanoe (12-1) in the regional finals next Friday at a neutral site. Tipp beat Western Brown, 41-30, Friday.

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