WAYNE — It was not the ending Scott Head Coach Shane Griffith hoped for. The beginning actually looked good — for all of eight minutes before Wayne took charge..
Wayne’s number one ranked Class AA football team simply dominated visiting Scott Friday evening to claim a 55-10 Cardinal Conference win.
The loss dropped the Skyhawks to 3-4 on the season and set up a scenario in which they must win their final three games to have a real shot at the playoffs. Wayne is now 6-0 and appears headed for another Wheeling Island appearance this December.
But, as noted, Scott did get off early, putting Wayne in an unfamiliar position in the opening minutes. The Pioneers actually fell behind, something they had not done in over two years.
The running of Bo Jeffrey and Cameron Loftus highlighted the early offense for Scott.
With 7:10 showing on the first quarter clock, a 32-yard field goal by Dezmond Cordero-Lopez gave the Hawks a 3-0 advantage.
It didn’t take long for Wayne to get its offense in gear, however. With 3:42 flashing, Steven Perry dived in from four yards out to put the Pioneers ahead, 6-3. The extra-point kick was good.
A little over two minutes later, Nathan Spurlock took the pigskin in for Wayne from 11 yards out. The extra-point kick made it 14-3.
Scott did not roll over, though. On the ensuing kick-off, Garrett Roberts, the Lincoln County native who plays for Scott, took the ball 90 yards for a score and it was 14-9. Cordero-Lopez’s kick brought the margin to four with 1:21 showing.
Scott held Wayne for seven minutes before the romp began. With 6:34 on the second period clock, Mason Hodge ran one in from 25 yards out to make it 20-10. The kick was good, lengthening the lead to 11.
Less than three minutes later, Hodge ran another touchdown in, this time from 15 yards out, and it was 27-10. The kick made it 28-10.
With 1:18 on the first half clock, Grant Ferguson completed a 35-yard touchdown pass to Cody Stiltner and it was 34-10. The extra-point kick added another tally.
At the 5:47 spot of the third period, Stiltner ran in from 21 yards out and it was 41-10. The extra-point brought it to 42-10.
Wayne added its other two scores in the fourth period.
With 10:14 to go in the game, Spurlock ran in from a yard out. The extra-point kick was good.
Then, exactly ten minutes later, Josh Mitts ran in from nine yards away. The team kneeled on the extra-points try and ended the game with their 55-10 victory in hand.
On the evening, Wayne gained 551 yards to just 154 for Scott. Of that total, 91 Scott yards came through passing with 63 on the ground. Wayne picked up 439 on the ground and 112 through the air.
There was a large crowd on hand for homecoming night at Wayne.
Hodge ran for 159 yards and his two touchdowns to spark Wayne. The yardage came on just 12 carries.
It was the 29th consecutive win for Wayne.
“I thought our offensive line did a nice job,” Wayne Head Coach Tom Harmon said. “I thought those guys did a good job getting a push.”
Scott’s lead over Wayne early was a bit familiar since the Skyhawks were the last team to lead the Pioneers on October 7, 2011.
“I’m so thankful that they kicked a field goal there and didn’t go for it and not get it,” the Wayne coach said. “Anybody that expects us to be ahead in every game every week has unrealistic expectations on high school kids. We took the ball right back down the field and scored. It really wasn’t that big a deal. We just want to win.”
Crone led the Scott rushing, with 38 yards on seven carries. Loftus added 29 on 14; and Jeffrey, four on 13 tries.
In the passing department, Jeffrey was ten-of-18 for 91 yards. Ferguson for Wayne was four-of-13 with two interceptions. Jeffrey threw one stray pass to Wayne.
The Skyhawks hope to right their ship this Friday evening when they host Tolsia at Scott Field. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
After that, the team closes out the season with two road games, one at Robert C. Byrd and the finale at Logan.