Fresh off their win over North Miami last week, the Wabash football team was looking for a second victory in a row Friday over Tippecanoe Valley with things looking good for a half before the Vikings took advantage of some costly Apache mistakes and penalties to out score Wabash 15-0 in the second half to defeat the Apaches 31-20.
The Apaches were forced to punt on their first offensive series and the Vikings responded with a 15 play scoring drive that consumed a majority of the quarter to lead Wabash 8-0 after a two point conversion. On the in suing kick off Ben Dillon would field the kick and race down the left sideline 65 yards to pay dirt, drawing the Apaches to within one at 8-7 after the Owen Yeadon kick.
Valley would strike first in the second quarter with 5:17 left to take a 16-7 lead after two, but again the Apaches wasted no time closing the gap. On their second play after the Valley score Chase Dirig found Trevor Vest cutting across the middle, connecting on a 43 yard scoring strike to make it 16-14 with 4:15 to play. The Wabash defense would hold Valley and give the Apache offense one more shot before the half after a Levi Robinson interception. Wabash had the ball on the Valley 40 and eventually had to try a 46yd field goal with 7.3 on the clock that fell short with Valley leading 16-14 at the half.
Valley would own the third quarter, scoring with 7:00 left then doing it again with 2:58 remaining to lead 31-14 and Wabash driving at the end of the quarter.
Two plays in to the fourth quarter Chase Dirig connected with his brother Grant for a 21 yard pass play for a score as Wabash closed the gap to 31-20. The Wabash defense would back Valley up on their next possession and force the Vikings to punt, but the offense couldn’t manufacture another score as the Apaches fell 31-20.
Chase Dirig was 8 of 20 for 115yds, 2TD. Dirig had 7 carries for 27yds. Luke Proctor added 6 for 26yds. Trevor Vest had 3 receptions for 65yds, 1TD. Grant Dirig added 2 for 32yds, 1TD, Luke Proctor 2 for 10yds, Noah Cole 1 for 8yds.