Wayne falls to Pickerington Central


By Robert Williamson II - Contributing Writer



Wayne Warrior Jordan Hardrick (31) pursues Pickering Central Tiger Morgan Ellison (4) close to the end zone during the game between the Pickerington Central Tigers and the Wayne Warriors at Bowlus Field, London.


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Wayne’s L’Christian Smith (9) runs the ball in the open field against Pickerington Central.


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Wayne Warrior Matt Wilcox (1) carries the ball to the 5 yard line while Pickering Central Tiger Xavier Henderson (3) defends.


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Wayne quarterback Rashad McKee (13) scrambles for yardage against Pickerington Central.


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Trew Davis (7) runs the ball while Pickering Central Tiger Terry Simuel (6) pulls on his jersey to make a tackle.


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LONDON — The Wayne Warriors couldn’t overcome inopportune penalties, and turnovers in a 17-14 loss to Pickerington Central. Throughout the first quarter Wayne could not get out of the shadow of its own end zone because it kept getting backed up by penalties and having to punt.

The Wayne defense held its own by keeping the Tigers off of the scoreboard in the first quarter even though they had a short field to work with on all their possessions.

Wayne was finally able to flip the field by crossing the 50 yard line in the second quarter. Wayne finally put the ball in the end zone with 6:00 left in the half.

After Wayne stopped Central with a little over 3:00 left in the half Wayne received the ball inside the 20-yard line, up 7-0. About a minute later McKee dropped back to pass and was stripped from behind. Pickerington Central recovered with less than 2 minutes left in the half.

On a third and long play from the 23 Darius Coker dropped back under pressure from Alex Reigelsperger, but Coker got off a screen pass to his big tight end Trenton Gillison who took the ball down the sidelines to tie the game at 7.

Wayne had 45 seconds to try to mount a drive, but the drive stalled at the Tigers’ 27-yard line. Wayne attempted a 44-yard Garrett Russell field goal to end the half; the kick had the distance but sailed wide left.

The rest of the scoring all happened in the last 8 minutes of the game. After a Trew Davis punt return of 81 yards to the Central 1 yard line, Fred Pitts ran the ball in for a 14-7 lead.

Wayne stopped Central on its next possession and forced them into a punting situation. Central quick snapped and executed its second successful fake punt of the night. Central capped the drive off with a one-yard dive over the top from Morgan Ellison to tie the game with just over 5 minutes left.

Wayne’s ensuing drive stalled out and it had to punt the ball back to Central. Coker dropped back and ran a delayed draw up the middle and slipped through the Wayne defense, running all the way down inside the 5-yard line. Wayne’s defense stuffed Central on three plays, and Central let the clock run down to 3 seconds.

Central then lined up for a game winning field goal from 20 yards out. The kick was true and Pickerington Central pulled off the upset.

Wayne had three turnovers in the game and numerous big plays were called back for penalties. Central ran two fake punts that worked in its favor and it uncharacteristically played a clean game.

Pickerington Central, which improves to 12-1, will now go on to play St. Xavier in the state semifinals. Wayne ends its season at 11-1 overall.

Wayne Warrior Jordan Hardrick (31) pursues Pickering Central Tiger Morgan Ellison (4) close to the end zone during the game between the Pickerington Central Tigers and the Wayne Warriors at Bowlus Field, London.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/11/web1_JordanHardrick.jpgWayne Warrior Jordan Hardrick (31) pursues Pickering Central Tiger Morgan Ellison (4) close to the end zone during the game between the Pickerington Central Tigers and the Wayne Warriors at Bowlus Field, London. Photo by Adam Lacy / Image Jock

Wayne’s L’Christian Smith (9) runs the ball in the open field against Pickerington Central.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/11/web1_L_Smith.jpgWayne’s L’Christian Smith (9) runs the ball in the open field against Pickerington Central. Photo by Adam Lacy / Image Jock

Wayne Warrior Matt Wilcox (1) carries the ball to the 5 yard line while Pickering Central Tiger Xavier Henderson (3) defends.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/11/web1_MattWilcox-1.jpgWayne Warrior Matt Wilcox (1) carries the ball to the 5 yard line while Pickering Central Tiger Xavier Henderson (3) defends. Photo by Adam Lacy / Image Jock

Wayne quarterback Rashad McKee (13) scrambles for yardage against Pickerington Central.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/11/web1_RashadMcKee-1.jpgWayne quarterback Rashad McKee (13) scrambles for yardage against Pickerington Central. Photo by Adam Lacy / Image Jock

Trew Davis (7) runs the ball while Pickering Central Tiger Terry Simuel (6) pulls on his jersey to make a tackle.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/11/web1_TrewDavis2.jpgTrew Davis (7) runs the ball while Pickering Central Tiger Terry Simuel (6) pulls on his jersey to make a tackle. Photo by Adam Lacy / Image Jock

By Robert Williamson II

Contributing Writer

Reach Robert Williamson II by email at: RobertWilliamsonII@hotmail.com

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