Wayne kicks off season vs. Pine-Richland

GIBONIA, PENN. — The Wayne Warriors travel to Gibonia, Pennsylvania to take on an experienced and talented Pine-Richland Rams squad for the opening game of the 2017 football season.

Game coverage will air live on ESPN at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 27.

The Rams are known for their prolific offense and not so much for their defense. They run a pro-style offense that likes to spread you out and play up-tempo. They do a lot of movement and different alignments to get playmakers open in space. The Rams will want to run out to a quick lead and make Wayne one dimensional.

Pine-Richland is led by Notre Dame commit, senior quarterback Phil Jurkovec. Jurkovec’s season was cut short last year by injury, but he still managed to throw for 1,673 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 481 yards and eight scores in only 6 games. He threw to senior Raymond Falcone, who led the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association WPIAL in receptions (65) and receiving yards (1,391) last year.

The offensive line is fortified with three juniors, tackle Andrew Kristofic (6-foot-6, 255 pounds), tackle Michael Katic (6-3, 280) and junior center Michael Durondo, all projected as Division 1 recruits.

The Rams’ running back Jordan Crawford rushed for 727 yards and caught 46 passes for 517 yards and 16 total touchdowns. He will be joined by West Allegheny transfer Kenny White who rushed for 1,313 yards and 19 touchdowns last year.

Wayne’s youth on defense will make this game interesting. This will be an early opportunity for the young Warrior defense to get some experience and find out what it needs to work on. The Rams will stretch Wayne out, take some shots and work the middle, not necessarily in that order. This is a perfect matchup to see what Wayne has going in.

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By Robert Williamson

Contributing Writer

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