MIAMISBURG — The Warriors ran off 28 unanswered points from late third quarter until the end of the game to pull away from Miamisburg and hand the Vikings their first loss of the season 45-12.
The final score is not representative of the nature of this game. Even with an hour and fifteen minutes weather delay, Miamisburg and the Viking crowd were energized from the time they hit their seats
“It was a big win. You know they really have a lot of juice out here now. I think it’s going to be a really special place for them (Holland Field) here in Miamisburg for many, many years to come,” said Wayne Coach Jay Minton.
Miamisburg came out and drove the ball deep into Wayne territory but the drive failed, ending with a field goal attempt that sailed wide right. Wayne responded with an 80-yard drive, culminating with a Fred Pitts 19 yard touchdown run and Garrett Russell conversion for a 7-0 Wayne lead. Pitts had 175 hard earned yards on 25 carries in the game with two touchdowns.
Quarterback Rashad McKee protected the ball and made plays to finish the game 12 of 18 for 194 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Josh Foster contributed 66 yards rushing on six carries and two touchdowns. Kevin Wright had one catch, but it was huge. With Wayne clinging to a 12 point lead in the fourth, Wright took a short pass from McKee and zipped past Viking defenders 41 yards to all but put the game away with 8:19 remaining in the game.
Up until the closing minutes of the first half it was all Warriors. Wayne ran out to a 17-0 lead after scoring on all three of its first half possessions. In addition to the Pitts 19 yard run, McKee hit L’Christian Smith with a 39 yard touchdown pass and the final points of the half for Wayne was a Garrett Russell 22 yard field goal with 4:25 left. Miamisburg’s defense stopped Wayne inside the 5-yard line making them settle for three points.
Energized by the stop, the Viking offense but together a scoring drive of their own, keyed by a 43-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Tate Vongsy to junior receiver Tyler Johnson, deep into Wayne territory. Vikings’ junior running back Tony Clark topped off the drive with a summersault over the Wayne defense into the end zone with 27 seconds left in the half for their first score of the night. The kick failed so Wayne still led 17-6.
Miamisburg successfully executed an onside kick but their drive ended with the clock running out on them
Wayne received the ball first in the second half but they could not get the momentum back.and had to punt to the Vikings for the first time in the game. Miamisburg mounted a another drive, facilitated by another long pass from Vongsy to Johnson. Seconds later Tony Clark ran through a large hole in the middle of the Wayne line for a touchdown. The two-point conversion (a quarterback draw) failed, so Wayne’s lead was only cut to 17-12.
Up until this point, Miamisburg had been as physical as Wayne. Tony Clark had a lot of success running behind Ohio State recruit, 6 ‘6”, 310 lb senior tackle Josh Myers. He ended the day with 142 yards rushing, yet Miamisburg ended the game with 129 total rushing yards as a team.
Wayne now sets it’s sights on the Northmont Thunderbolts next Friday at Wayne.
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