Wayne shut out by Pine Richland


By Robert Williamson

Contributing Writer

GIBSONIA, Penn. — The Wayne Warriors fumbled away opportunities and were outplayed by a veteran Pine-Richland Rams team en route to a 41-0 loss in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania on Sunday. The Rams pretty much had their way on both offense and defense against the Warriors.

The Rams offense was a well-oiled machine powered by senior Notre Dame recruit, Phil Jurkovec. Jurkovec had over 300 total yards early of offense by the mid-third quarter. He was able to use his arm to carve up the Wayne defense for 250 yards and three touchdowns and use his feet to tuck the ball and slash the Wayne defense for 106 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Jurkovec’s performance was impressive enough to make Coach Jay Minton say, “By far he’s the best quarterback I’ve ever gone against — bar none. He would give Braxton a run, He has the kind of arm that Braxton has. He might not have quite the quickness of Braxton, but he has that elusiveness. He’s got everything that makes a guy special. Some of the things he can do … I mean, my gosh, one time he was running hard to his left and threw the ball back across 50 yards in the air.”

Wayne’s offense was able to move the ball early in the game, but shot itself in the foot with costly turnovers in the red zone, and other miscues that killed drives. Wayne finished the game with four turnovers.

This isn’t a time to panic for Wayne though. This was a very big task for Wayne this early in the season. Pine-Richland played like a team that is in mid-season form. Part of the reason is Pine-Richland returns nine starters on both sides of the ball. Wayne has some positions that are being filled by first year starters and are somewhat still in a state of flux.

There is no reason at this point to look at this game as anything other than just a loss. This will only show up as One in the “L” column. Last year St. Xavier started their season with a 34-0 loss and even started 0-2, because of a difficult start to their 2016 campaign. St. X was able to use those tough loses to pave the way to a state championship.

The Warriors don’t have time to lament over this loss, they will have to clean up their game and face another stiff challenge this Friday at the 2016 Region 2 champion Olentangy Liberty Patriots. The Patriots are coming off of a 49-14 domination of Canadian football team, Football North from Ontario.

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August 27th 2017: Wayne Warrior Zarik Brown rushes the ball through the gap during the 2017 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcaseʰlayed at Pine Richland Stadium in Gibsonia, PA. Adam Lacy/Huber Heights Courier
http://www.hhcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2017/08/web1_ZarikBrown_web-1.jpgAugust 27th 2017: Wayne Warrior Zarik Brown rushes the ball through the gap during the 2017 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcaseʰlayed at Pine Richland Stadium in Gibsonia, PA. Adam Lacy/Huber Heights Courier

August 27th 2017: Wayne Warrior Justin Harris runs the balll on a kickoff return during the 2017 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcaseʰlayed at Pine Richland Stadium in Gibsonia, PA. Adam Lacy/Huber Heights Courier
http://www.hhcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2017/08/web1_JustinHarris_web.jpgAugust 27th 2017: Wayne Warrior Justin Harris runs the balll on a kickoff return during the 2017 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcaseʰlayed at Pine Richland Stadium in Gibsonia, PA. Adam Lacy/Huber Heights Courier

August 27th 2017: Wayne Warrior quarterback Rashad McKee #7 finds room to run behind Wayne Warrior offensive lineman Jacob Padilla #79 during the 2017 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcaseʰlayed at Pine Richland Stadium in Gibsonia, PA. Adam Lacy/Huber Heights Courier
http://www.hhcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2017/08/web1_RashadMcKee_web.jpgAugust 27th 2017: Wayne Warrior quarterback Rashad McKee #7 finds room to run behind Wayne Warrior offensive lineman Jacob Padilla #79 during the 2017 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcaseʰlayed at Pine Richland Stadium in Gibsonia, PA. Adam Lacy/Huber Heights Courier

August 27th 2017: Wayne Warrior defensive end Brody Lundeen #27 flies high to block a pass from Pine Richland Ram quarterback and Notre Dame commit Philip Jurkovec #15 during the 2017 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcaseʰlayed at Pine Richland Stadium in Gibsonia, PA. Adam Lacy/Huber Heights Courier
http://www.hhcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2017/08/web1_BrodyLundeen_web.jpgAugust 27th 2017: Wayne Warrior defensive end Brody Lundeen #27 flies high to block a pass from Pine Richland Ram quarterback and Notre Dame commit Philip Jurkovec #15 during the 2017 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcaseʰlayed at Pine Richland Stadium in Gibsonia, PA. Adam Lacy/Huber Heights Courier