Sidney’s move to MVL forces Chiefs to drop Wapak opener

Bellefontaine’s non-league football schedule has been pretty stable for the last two decades, but a major change is coming down the line.


Bellefontaine’s Dezmin Lyburtus finds a hole to run through in last season’s game against Wapakoneta. The Chiefs and Redskins will no longer face each other beginning in 2020. With Sidney moving into a new conference that will play a nine-game league schedule, the Yellow Jackets and Chiefs will move up their typical Week 2 matchup to the opening week in two years. (EXAMINER PHOTO | TONY BARRETT)

The Chieftains have played Wapakoneta in the season opener for over 20 straight years, but the Redskins will not be on the schedule beginning in 2020.

The change comes as a result of Sidney leaving the Greater Western Ohio Conference and entering the Miami Valley League.

The Miami Valley League will play a nine-game league schedule starting in 2020, giving league members only one nonconference contest.

Bellefontaine has been playing Sidney in Week 2 of the season, so for the two schools to keep their historic series intact, they had to move their meeting to Week 1.

“Wapakoneta has been a great season opener for us,” said Bellefontaine athletic director Matt Comstock. “It has been a good measuring stick for us to see where we are at. However, with the exception of a few years, we have played Sidney every year since 1919. Our coaching staff and myself felt it was important for us to continue our series with Sidney.”

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