HUBER HEIGHTS — The Wayne season opener Friday against Canadian Prep Academy turned out to be a cakewalk, a 38-0 whitewashing over the visiting Raiders from Kingston, Ontario.
Controlling the line of scrimmage from the first series of the game, the Warriors scored on a 57-yard drive at 3:48. The 11-play drive was culminated by a 10-yard sweep to the left corner of the end zone by Daryl McCleskey.
Kicker Nate Strong’s PAT, his first of four for the night, gave the home team a 7-0 lead. Strong also connected on a 38-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Warrior quarterback Messiah DeWeaver, who completed 12 of 22 passes for 168 yards, tossed a 51-yard touchdown score to sophomore receiver L’Christian Smith near the end of the first period.
DeWeaver used his legs to good advantage in the second quarter by weaving his way against the Raider defense for a 7-yard score that gave the Warriors a 24-0 bulge.
Running back Fred Pitts put the first half punctuation mark on the lead with a 5-yard score, making the halftime margin 31-0.
The only score in second half was a fumble recovery by Wayne defensive back Trey McFadgen that he ran in for a 42-yard TD.
The Wayne defense limited the Raider offense to 31 yards. Meanwhile, the Warriors gained 156 passing yards and 124 rushing yards. Fred Pitts rushed 10 times for 68 yards.
Coach Jay Minton said he was glad to get “this game under our belt.”
The team needs “better execution and more consistency,” he said.
DeWeaver said the Warriors “cannot overlook any team on the schedule.” He agreed with Minton by saying the offense needs to “smooth things out.”
Defensive back Tobias Gilliam said he felt “pretty good” about the outcome of the first game.
“I knew going in that we had to have a nice focus to make a statement throughout Ohio,” said Gilliam. “We made plays and played fast and we got the job done, so I’m happy.”
The second game of the season against Moeller is one of the biggest of the year, according to DeWeaver.
“We know how good they are,” he said.
On Monday, DeWeaver was asked how much he is looking forward to Moeller.
“I’m just excited, ready to get out there; a lot of people will be there,” he said. “So it should be a fun time and just ready to work hard in practice this week.”
Wayne travels to Moeller on Sunday, Sept. 6, for a 4 p.m. game that will be televised on ESPNU.
Score by quarters:
Canada Prep Academy 0 0 0 0—0
Wayne Warriors 14 17 7 0 — 38