Wayne routs Springfield 38-14


By Robert Williamson II

Contributing Writer



Demetrius Ross (21) pursues Springfield reciever Niko Jones.


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Fred Pitts jukes to make defender Quincy Scott miss while running the ball during the game between the Wayne Warriors and the Springfield Wildcats.


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DeWayne Morris (3) keeps his focus on Springfield quarterback Leonard Taylor.


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Rashad McKee looks downfield for an open receiver.


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Wendell Wheeler (95) celebrates after a sack during the game between the Wayne Warriors and the Springfield Wildcats at Springfield Stadium.


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SPRINGFIELD — The Wayne Warriors wore down the Springfield Wildcats and rolled to a 38-14 victory at Evans stadium in Springfield.

The condition of the field was not ideal; the grass field had been rained on over the last 36 hours and had plenty of slick spots. The slow track had an affect on the speed of both teams. The slow field conditions took away some of the big plays the speedy players both Springfield and Wayne have on offense.

“This is one of the worse conditions I think we’ve played in, so the only thing that would have been worse is if it would have been raining. Both teams had to play on it, but …I think it took a little drama out of this kind of game with all the athletes on the field,” said Wayne Coach Jay Minton.

One thing for sure is that Fred Pitts was not slowed by the conditions. He performed like what NFL pundits call a mudder, or a running back, usually large in size that performs well in muddy conditions because he’s hard to bring down.

The Warriors came out with a lot of energy, but as a whole the team was not hitting on all cylinders. There was a slight lack of intensity. Wayne went into the half up 14-7, but had just given up a long drive capped off by a 5-yard touchdown run by Shane Ramey with 27 seconds left.

Wayne did not want to get into a dogfight with the Wildcats. Springfield has enough weapons that the Wildcats can be dangerous in a close game because they have some real athletes on their team that can score from anywhere on the field.

“We had to get out in front of them, that’s the big thing and make them pass the ball.” added Coach Minton. “If you let Danny Davis and number eight… if you let those guys stay back there and run the ball on ya, you may be in trouble and their going to run some big ones. We had to get out in front of them and make them throw to win.”

Wayne came out in the second half with a lot of intensity. Warriors set the tone for the second half by coming out and playing smash mouth football. Wayne’s first play of the half was a pad popping power run by Fred Pitts, right into the heart of the Springfield defense. Wayne’s offensive line knocked the Springfield defensive line off of the ball and Pitts shot through a huge gap to steamroll a few tacklers at the second level that required three or four tacklers to bring him down.

For a few weeks now there have been some rumblings about why Fred Pitts was not being utilized as much lately. One reason that comes to mind is defenses are going to sell out to stop the run and force Wayne quarterback Rashad McKee to beat them.

If that happens in the playoffs you don’t want a quarterback that is used to just handing the ball off. Since teams have been doing that, McKee has had to learn on the fly. He has done well at times and has left some opportunities on the field at others. He is working on his reads and trusting what the coaches teach him during the week. While he is still a work in progress, he grows every week and does well at rebounding from his mistakes.

Tonight, Fred Pitts was given the football a lot and it paid off. He finished the night with 210 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns. Josh Foster contributed with 63 yards on eight carries and one touchdown.

The other two scores were a 5 yard touchdown run by Matt Wilcox and a dazzling 46 yard run by lightening fast Kevin Wright. Wright took a jet sweet and ran past the Wildcats like they were standing still, then crossed the goal line like a sprinter crossing the finish line.

On defense Wayne dominated Springfield except for two drives. The first drive was near the end of the half and the Wildcats were still close enough to stick with their power running game. The second drive was in the fourth quarter and brought the score to 24-14, but Wayne’s offense was moving the ball well on Springfield by then.

Big 6-foot, 2-inch 220 pound Springfield senior running back Shane Ramey had some big runs in that drive, including the 5 yard touchdown run he pushed into the end zone to cut the Wayne lead to seven with 27 seconds left in the half. The other Springfield touchdown was a keeper from a yard out by 6-foot, 6-inch, 240 pound quarterback/defensive end Leonard Taylor.

The Warrior defense held Springfield to 179 yards total and only yielded 79 yards on the ground. Taylor only completed 6 of 19 passes and was intercepted by sophomore corner back Justin Harris. Mazon Walker led the team with 8 tackles and Wendell Wheeler had the only Wayne sack.

This is another one of those games that the score does not tell you the story.

As Coach Minton put it, “Each game is kind of unique in that each had it’s little challenges. You know Fairmont, people don’t believe this, but Fairmont challenged us. We were up 14-0 at the halftime. So there have been some challenges each week. And you know [we are] overcoming some injuries. It’s big for us. So we held on until this.”

This is another hard fought and well-deserved victory by the Wayne Warriors, but Wayne cannot rest on this victory. A short week and a much-anticipated showdown with the Trotwood Rams Thursday night at Wayne is ahead for the Warriors.

With the win today Wayne had assured itself a home playoff game in the first round. If Wayne wins Thursday, there is a possibility it will leapfrog into the top spot in Region 3.

Trotwood is coming in 8-1, having run off eight straight wins since their opening game 10-6 loss to Troy. Trotwood would love nothing more than to upset Wayne and solidify its home playoff game in Region 12 of Level III.

Demetrius Ross (21) pursues Springfield reciever Niko Jones.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/10/web1_Wayne1.jpgDemetrius Ross (21) pursues Springfield reciever Niko Jones. Photo by Adam Lacy | Image Jock

Fred Pitts jukes to make defender Quincy Scott miss while running the ball during the game between the Wayne Warriors and the Springfield Wildcats.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/10/web1_Wayne2.jpgFred Pitts jukes to make defender Quincy Scott miss while running the ball during the game between the Wayne Warriors and the Springfield Wildcats. Photo by Adam Lacy | Image Jock

DeWayne Morris (3) keeps his focus on Springfield quarterback Leonard Taylor.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/10/web1_Wayne3.jpgDeWayne Morris (3) keeps his focus on Springfield quarterback Leonard Taylor. Photo by Adam Lacy | Image Jock

Rashad McKee looks downfield for an open receiver.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/10/web1_Wayne4.jpgRashad McKee looks downfield for an open receiver. Photo by Adam Lacy | Image Jock

Wendell Wheeler (95) celebrates after a sack during the game between the Wayne Warriors and the Springfield Wildcats at Springfield Stadium.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/10/web1_Wayne5.jpgWendell Wheeler (95) celebrates after a sack during the game between the Wayne Warriors and the Springfield Wildcats at Springfield Stadium. Photo by Adam Lacy | Image Jock

By Robert Williamson II

Contributing Writer

Reach Robert Williamson II via email at: RobertWilliamsonII@gmail.com

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