The Wabash football team had Whitko on the ropes nearly the entire game Friday before a Wildcat TD interception late in the game would be the decider in a 30-24 loss to the Wildcats.
Whitko would score first in the first quarter and with a two point conversion took an 8-0 lead. Owen Yeadon would draw the Apaches to within five points with a 36yd field goal to make it 8-3 after one.
The Wildcats would get the first score of the second quarter to increase their lead to 16-3 before Chase Dirig connected with his brother Grant on an 84yd pass play for a TD. The two point conversion failed and the Apaches trailed 16-9 at the half.
The Apaches would get the lone score of the third quarter when Dirig found Noah Cole on a 9yd scoring strike. The Yeadon kick was good and Wabash and the score was tied at 16 with a quarter to go.
Whitko would strike first in the fourth on a 9yd rush to go up 24-16, but the Apaches would respond. The Dirig brothers would hook up again on a 13yd scoring strike and after a Trevor Vest reception for two the game was tied once more at 24. With the Wabash defense holding, the offense went to work inching down the field on a go ahead drive when the Wildcats picked off Dirig for an 83yd interception for a touchdown that would be the final score of the game on a 30-24 Whitko win.
Chase Dirig was 19 of 33 for 258yds, 3TD. Dirig rushed 16 times for 97yds. Owen Yeadon added 8 for 8yds. Grant Dirig had 6 receptions for 116yds, 2TD. Owen Yeadon added 6 for 76yds. Noah Cole had 3 for 22yds, Trevor Vest 2 for 18yds, Trevor Gray 1 for 23yds.