HUBER HEIGHTS — The Lancaster Golden Gales blew in to Wayne’s Good Samaritan Field Heidkamp Stadium and got blown out by the Wayne Warriors 52-7.
“I’m really proud of these guys. Our seniors, this will be the last time they are on this field. It just says a lot, for when it’s time to play, it’s time to turn it on, how they can play,” said Wayne Coach Jay Minton, ‘I’m really proud. All three phases of the game really. If you look at it offensively and defensively, I was concerned on how they [Lancaster] can keep the ball and keep the clock going. Our defense came to play tonight. And offensively, wow that was just a show. And special teams, kick off team put them in field position. It was just a good night all around.”
Wayne wasted no time getting on the board by putting together an 8-play 60-yard drive capped off with a Fred Pitts 2 yard run and a Garrett Russell kick for a 7-0 lead.
Wayne scored on all six first half possessions and shut down the Lancaster offense, limited the Gales to 73 total yards, all 73 yards on the ground. Lancaster attempted two passes in the first half and only connected one of them, an interception by Wayne defensive back Trew Davis.
Lancaster’s next drive stalled and a horrible punt gave Wayne great field position at the 50-yard line. Wayne scored quickly with a 3-play drive, ending with a 42-yard Rashad McKee QB keeper for 14-0 lead. Lancaster faced with a fourth down close to midfield, decided to try a fake punt. Trew Davis intercepted the pass at the 36-yard line. Wayne drove 64-yards in 5 plays, the last play was a 34 yard touchdown pass from Rashad McKee to L’Christian Smith and Wayne was up 21-0 with 1:38 left in the first quarter.
After another Lancaster punt, Wayne took the ensuing drive 83 yards on 6 plays that completed with a 25-yard McKee to Steven Victoria touchdown pass and a 28-0 lead. Wayne stopped Lancaster again and then drove the ball 70 yards for another score, the second hook up for touchdown from McKee to Smith, a 10-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 35-0 with 4:36 left in the half.
Wayne received the ball deep in its own territory with just over two minutes left in the half. Two plays and 18 seconds later Wayne was in the end zone again. The 75-yard from McKee to Matt Wilcox, put Wayne up 42-0 at the half.
The second half was played with a running clock and many of Wayne’s starters gave way to backups. The Wayne backups outscored the Gales 10-7. Wayne had a drive stall inside the 10-yard line, but Garrett Russell but 3 on the board with a 24-rad field goal, 45-0.
The Gales threatened deep into Wayne territory at the 7-yard line. Lancaster running back Dalton Stumbo took the handoff and sprinted for daylight outside of the right tackle, senior defensive lineman Josh Willis fired shot through a gap and delivered a jarring hit on Stumbo causing the ball to squirt free. Junior defensive back Davontae McKee scooped it up and went untouched 90 yards for another Wayne touchdown and a 52-0 lead with 7:53 left in the game.
Lancaster running back Shea Goss would finally find the end zone for the Gales with a 2-yard plunge to make it 52-7. The drive covered 71 yards in 4 plays and took 2:57 off of the clock. The key play in the drive was a 63-yard Goss run to the Wayne 2-yard line to set up the touchdown run.
Rashad McKee continues to get the job done, making Wayne fans forget that he’s just a sophomore in his first year as a starting quarterback. McKee only played in the first half, but he made his presence known. Wayne had 396 total yards and McKee accounted for 371 of them. McKee completed 12 of his 14 pass attempts for 235 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also had 6 carries for 136 yards rushing.
“He’s had that ability [to run], but we just haven’t had to do that because he’s just had to hand it off to Freddie [Pitts] and then carrying out his fakes,” Minton said. “We kind of knew that teams are going to try to close down on Freddie and when they did, Rashad there’s going to be a time you’ll have to keep it and this was the night that he’d have to do that and he did it and did it well.”
Matt Wilcox led all receivers with 96 yards receiving on 5 receptions, all in the first half. Pitts had a hard time finding daylight because the Gales loaded the box and sold out to stop him. The Gales found out like many other teams this year, that Wayne is no one trick pony and when teams force McKee to beat them he is able to get the ball to his weapons.
Next Friday night, Wayne will play a familiar playoff opponent, Dublin Coffman, which is coming off of a dominant 24-3 victory over a very good Hilliard Davidson team that beat them 7-6 in the regular season.
Wayne Warrior Alex Reigelsperger (30) tackles Lancaster Golden Gale Noah Dryden (1) during the first round of the OHSAA Division 1 regional tournament.
Wayne Warrior L’Christian Smith (9) dives and scores a touchdown during the first round of the OHSAA Division 1 regional tournament between the Wayne Warriors and the Lancaster Golden Gales at Heidkamp Stadium in Huber Heights.
Wayne Warrior Matt Wilcox (1) runs the ball for a touchdown while Lancaster Golden Gale Chris Meszaros (15) misses a tackle.
Wayne Warrior Mazon Walker (99) sacks Lancaster Golden Gale quarterback Noah Dryden.
Wayne Warrior head coach Jay Minton congratulates Wayne Warrior Mazon Walker on a good play during the first round of the OHSAA Division 1 regional tournament between the Wayne Warriors and the Lancaster Golden Gales.
Wayne Warrior Rashad McKee (13) jukes to make Lancaster Golden Gale Tyler Woodruff (4) miss a tackle during the first round of the OHSAA Division 1 regional tournament.
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