Wayne prepares for Canadian Prep Academy

By Greg Smart - gsmart@civitasmedia.com

By Greg Smart


HUBER HEIGHTS — The Wayne football team opens week one at home against Canadian Prep Academy with the Back Yard Bash, hosted by the Sports Image Group that puts on the Flyin’ To The Hoop basketball tournament, headed up by Eric Horstman. Last year the event was held at Centerville. Minton said that in the future, this could be a double or triple-header on Saturday with spectators being cleared out of the stands between games and possibly one game played on Friday.

“I think it will be great…,” said Minton. “Hopefully, it works out and will continue for several years and we’ll be able to bring a lot into our community.”

Canadian Prep Academy played St. Edward, St. Ignatius and Steubenville last season. They lost all three contests, by fell to Steubenville by two points. Minton said it is his understanding that Canadian Prep has four players who will be

playing at the Division I college level. He said he expects this to be a “lot better game” than the two previous Canadian opponents Wayne has hosted.

“Our guys have to be ready,” said Minton.

Minton said that Wayne reserve ticket holders will get their seats for this game. The Wayne game was originally to be played at 8:30 p.m., but has been moved up to 6 p.m. in order to guarantee these seats. Wayne fans will also have closer parking than they might if the game was the second contest of the evening. They will also be able to stay for the second game if they wish which pits Trotwood against Pickerington Central.

Ticket prices at the gate will be $10. Minton said that 6500 tickets have been printed for this event.

In week two, Wayne will travel to Archbishop Moeller High School to play in a nationally televised game as part of the GEICO and ESPN High School Showcase which will be broadcasted on ESPNU at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6 at Moeller’s home field in Lockland. This game will be a rematch of the Division I state semifinal game in which the Warriors defeated Moeller 29-22 at Masson Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium. This year, Wayne was ranked second in the state Division I pre-season poll behind top ranked Moeller.

Minton said the USPNU coverage provides great exposure for the student athletes and for the community.

“It’s going to be tough, Moeller’s really good this year. They’ve got a lot returning.”

Moeller players to watch include tight end Jake Hausmann, who has committed to The Ohio State University and quarterback Thomas MacVittie, who has made a verbal commitment with Pittsburgh. Senior lineman Ryan Smith has committed to Indiana.

“They’ve got some big time guys as Moeller usually does,” said Minton.

At the state semi-final game last year, then junior kicker Matt Coghlin, who has committed to Michigan State, recorded Moeller’s first five scores against Wayne on field goals of 45, 54, 25, 29 and 34-yards.

Fans at Wayne home games will see a new scoreboard this year.

Season tickets for the season can be purchased at the main office at Wayne between 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Friday.

Reach Greg Smart at 937-236-4990, ext. 2542 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com


By Greg Smart


Reach Greg Smart at 937-236-4990, ext. 2542 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com

Reach Greg Smart at 937-236-4990, ext. 2542 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com