Wayne spoils Centerville’s homecoming


By Robert Williamson II - Contributing Writer



Ray James (15) evades a tackle during the game between the Wayne Warriors and the Centerville Elks at Centerville Stadium, Centerville.


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Joseph Crain (93) pursues Centerville quarterback Colin Debord.


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Alex Reigelsperger (30) and Wendell Wheeler (95) combine to sack Elks quarterback Colin Debord during the game between the Wayne Warriors and the Centerville Elks.


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Kevin Wright (12) makes an open field tackle against Centerville.


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Fred Pitts (2) scores a rushing touchdown during Wayne’s 45-8 victory over Centerville.


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CENTERVILLE — Centerville invited Wayne to its homecoming and Wayne made itself at home, scoring early and often; both offensively and defensively. The Warriors went up 24-0 in the first, never looked back on the way to a lopsided 45-8 victory. The score says this was a blowout, but Wayne had troubles executing on offense at times and make many mistakes on both sides of the ball.

“We haven’t put together a complete game yet,” said Wayne Coach Jay Minton. “Maybe we’ll have some hard practices this week and get a complete game next week. They [Beavercreek] are going to try to run the ball at us”

Wayne received the opening kickoff and didn’t waste time getting on the scoreboard. The Warriors engineered a two minute and sixteen second, 63 yard drive, capped off by a Josh Foster 5 yard rushing touchdown.

Centerville started out with senior backup quarterback/wide receiver Colin Debord lined up at quarterback, but after taking some hard shots he was replaced by junior Alec Grandin. Typically, Debord is used more as a running threat and Grandin is more of a passer. Wayne was very stingy, giving up only 8 yards to the Elks on the ground.

The leading rusher for the Elks was quarterback, Grandin with 5 yards on 4 carries. Grandin also had 135 yards passing, one touchdown and two interceptions. One of those interceptions was a pick six by Warrior linebacker Kenyon Byrd on a tipped screen pass. Sixty-three of Grandin’s passing yards were on two passes in the fourth quarter, a 30 yard catch by Colin DeBord that set up Centerville’s only touchdown and a 33 yard pass to Donavon Shelton as time expired.

Wayne was again without place kicker Garrett Russell, due to an undisclosed injury. Wayne attempted two point conversions on all extra point plays except for one. Wayne had reserve lineman Adam Hughes kick the extra point after their last touchdown of the game and the Wayne crowd cheered loudly as his kick sail straight through the uprights.

There was never any doubt about who was going to win this game. Wayne was just too much for the Elks on both sides of thee ball. Even though Wayne had its way, it had to uncharacteristically punt 4 times in the game. Centerville didn’t score until 11 minutes left in the game and Wayne had begun to make substitutions.

Rashad McKee had touchdown passes to L’Christian Smith and Ray James and ended the day with 217 yards passing with one interception. The interception was just great play recognition by sophomore linebacker Max Wynn putting him in the right place for the pick.

On the ground Wayne didn’t have their typical success, but it was able to punch it in on the ground whenever they got into the red zone. Fred Pitts ended the game with 31 yards on 9 carries and two touchdowns. Josh Foster had 47 yards on 4 carries and a touchdown. Ray James had 51 yards rushing on 2 carries and Kevin Wright added on 31 yards on 3 carries. Wayne managed 174 yards on the ground against the Elks for the game.

Even though the Warriors won handily, they will need to tighten up when they face a Beavercreek team that has historically given Wayne teams that were much better than them, a difficult time. Cutting down on the mistakes going into the ladder part of this season will go a long way for Wayne in these division/rivalry games rounding out the Warriors’ season.

Ray James (15) evades a tackle during the game between the Wayne Warriors and the Centerville Elks at Centerville Stadium, Centerville.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/10/web1_2MB-5446.jpgRay James (15) evades a tackle during the game between the Wayne Warriors and the Centerville Elks at Centerville Stadium, Centerville. Photo by Adam Lacy | Image Jock

Joseph Crain (93) pursues Centerville quarterback Colin Debord.

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Joseph Crain (93) pursues Centerville quarterback Colin Debord. Photo by Adam Lacy | Image Jock

Alex Reigelsperger (30) and Wendell Wheeler (95) combine to sack Elks quarterback Colin Debord during the game between the Wayne Warriors and the Centerville Elks.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/10/web1_2MB-5599.jpgAlex Reigelsperger (30) and Wendell Wheeler (95) combine to sack Elks quarterback Colin Debord during the game between the Wayne Warriors and the Centerville Elks. Photo by Adam Lacy | Image Jock

Kevin Wright (12) makes an open field tackle against Centerville.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/10/web1_2MB-5663.jpgKevin Wright (12) makes an open field tackle against Centerville. Photo by Adam Lacy | Image Jock

Fred Pitts (2) scores a rushing touchdown during Wayne’s 45-8 victory over Centerville.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/10/web1_2MB-22108.jpgFred Pitts (2) scores a rushing touchdown during Wayne’s 45-8 victory over Centerville. Photo by Adam Lacy | Image Jock

By Robert Williamson II

Contributing Writer

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