HUBER HEIGHTS — The Wayne Warriors wasted no time putting the Beavercreek Beavers away Friday night in front of a festive homecoming crowd at Good Samaritan Athletic Field at Heidkamp Stadium to cruise to a 59-7 win.
Wayne’s defense forced five fumbles (recovered 4) and made an interception by Matt Wilcox in the first half and the Warriors scored on seven of their eight first half possessions to head into halftime up 46-0.
“Their misfortune was our fortune. Five turnovers in the first half will kind of come with a lopsided score like that so I was glad how our guys took advantage of that….real proud of how our defense got after it too,” said Wayne Coach Jay Minton. “We did some things last week that are unlike us. We weren’t consistent…now I think we are getting more toward that consistency.”
The storyline coming into this game was, “How would Wayne’s offensive and defensive lines hold up against Beavercreek’s line?” Especially Beavercreek’s offensive line, which boasted the best running game in the GWOC. Wayne held the Beavers to eight first half rushing yards, so that pretty much told the story. The Beavers ended up with 30 rushing yards for the whole game. That’s 311.5 less than their season average per game.
“To beat a team like that you have to take control of the offensive line and the defensive line,” Minton said. “I like how they came out with a focus and a mindset…because Beavercreek is a good team, don’t let this fool ya. They’re pretty good. I know the score doesn’t indicate that, but again a lot of that has to do with their misfortune on turnovers.”
Coming into the season, the big question mark over the Warriors season was “Who will be the quarterback and will he be able to handle the pressure of leading last year’s state runner-up?” Sophomore Rashad McKee has made all of those questions a distant memory.
McKee had another solid outing, completing 10 of 11 passes for 227 yards and 4 touchdowns. He did all of this while only playing a little over a quarter and a half.
McKee targeted Trew Davis three times for a total of 122 yards and two touchdowns. One of those touchdowns was a short pass to Davis that he turned up field and took it 87 yards into the end zone, topped off by a quick cutback near the goal line that left a Beavercreek player on his back grasping at air.
McKee completed one pass to L’Christian Smith, a 43-yard touchdown. L’Christian Smith also caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from Trew Davis, who received the ball on a lateral from McKee. The matchups on the outside were just too much for the Beavercreek secondary. They were severely over matched and it showed.
The Wayne backups started being subbed in by mid-second quarter. Tyler Carter came in for McKee and engineered a 27-yard drive that he capped off with a 9 yard run. It would be his last play of the game, as he was targeted by a helmet-to-helmet hit from a Beavercreek player (who was flagged) and was taken out for precautions.
Kevin Wright took over at quarterback from that point and had a dominating performance. Wright only completed one of his two passes but he gashed the Beaver defense for 116 yards on 7 carries and added a 32 yard touchdown run that reminded Wayne fans of Braxton Miller.
Overall this was a good team win. Wayne came out focused and ready to play. We have seen glimpses of the team putting a good game together, but the inconsistencies were a concern. This was a great effort against a very good team. Next the Warriors prepare for another conference opponent, the Fairmont Firebirds. The Beavers will return home to face the Springfield Wildcats in another conference showdown.
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