HUBER HEIGHTS — Wayne handed Miamisburg its first loss of the season and extended its winning streak to three straight with a hard-fought 56-28 win at Good Samaritan Field / Heidkamp Stadium on Friday night. The lopsided score does not tell the story as Wayne didn’t pull away until late.
“There’s not too many better than Steve Channell when it comes to controlling the game with the Wing-T offense, so he’s been proven about it, we knew what we were up against coming in,” said Wayne Coach Jay Minton. “They’ve been rolling up big numbers and I don’t care who you’re playing against, those big numbers don’t lie.”
Wayne wasted no time going on the attack. On the first play of the game, quarterback Rashad McKee aired one out along the sideline to L’Christian Smith, which he caught at its high point over the defensive back. The ball would be jarred from his hands though as he fell to the turf after the attempted catch. Two plays later McKee hit Steven Victoria in stride and he streaked down the middle of the Viking defense for a 75 yard touchdown. The Garret Russell point after made it 7-0 Wayne.
Miamisburg’s next drive stalled. After the Viking punt Wayne went back to work, backed up inside of its own 10-yard line. McKee opened up this drive with another deep strike, this time he hit freshman Austin Mullins streaking downfield. Mullins was caught from behind at the 4-yard line, setting up first and goal. After a false start penalty, McKee called his own number and darted untouched into the end zone for a 14-0 lead.
The quick scores looked great on the scoreboard, but because the first two drives took a total of a minute and 14 seconds, the defense was out on the field for a long time. Miamisburg started to have some success moving the ball after Wayne’s second score. Tate Vongsy engineered a five play, 81-yard drive that ended with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Vongsy to Tyler Johnson to make it 14-7 Wayne.
Miamisburg stopped Wayne on a fourth down try at the Viking 32-yard line and went back to work. The Vikings gashed the Wayne defense with runs up the middle, methodically moving down the field. Vongsy pulled the Wayne defense in with play action, then pulled up and hit senior running back Jay Vinson down the seam. Vinson ran it all the way inside the Wayne 10 yard line. Two plays later Vongsy hit senior tight end Quinn Kuehnie for another touchdown and Miamisburg drew even 14-14.
Wayne continued its struggles and went three and out. After a Miamisburg fair catch at its own 25-yard line, the Vikings went back to work. This time Miamisburg played ball control and marched right down the field on the Wayne defense in 11 plays, capped off by a Jon Yerkins five-yard run into the end zone to put Miamisburg up 21-14 with a minute and 22 seconds left on the clock.
On Wayne’s ensuing drive, Miamisburg continued to bottle up the Wayne running backs. Wayne was held to 15 yards rushing in the first half on 11 carries, but Rashad McKee didn’t blink in the face of adversity. After getting the first down, McKee launched a ball 45 yards downfield toward Steven Victoria, who hauled it in at the Miamisburg 25 yard line, despite tight coverage. McKee completed another pass to Victoria, who was taken down at the one. One play later McKee once again called his own number and leaped over defenders into the end zone with 21 seconds left in the half. The point after was good and Wayne went into the locker room tied 21-21.
Miamisburg received the second half kickoff, but Wayne’s defense must have taken the first half personally. They came out with a lot more intensity. Wayne stopped Miamisburg on its next three drives and scored 21 unanswered points to double up Miamisburg 42-21. The three touchdowns were a McKee to L’Christian Smith 20 yard touchdown, Rashad McKee 24-yard keeper for a touchdown and a 56-yard McKee to Victoria touchdown pass.
Miamisburg would not go away quietly though. Its next drive Miamisburg drove 73-yards on 12 plays, topping the drive with a Tony Clark run for a touchdown making it 42-28. The Vikings were able to have some resemblance of a running game again and were able to complete some key passes on third and fourth down to keep the drive alive.
The Vikings would get no closer though; Wayne tacked on two late touchdowns on long runs. The first was a 47-yard touchdown run from Trace Kinnel and the second was a 51-yard touchdown run by Devin Nelson with 10 seconds left in the game to finish all scoring.
Rashad McKee continues to show that he has matured enough to carry the offense. McKee ended up 10 of 18 with 335 yards and three touchdowns passing. He also had 13 carries for 57 yards with three touchdowns on the ground. He’s starting to trust his receivers and they are delivering. Steven Victoria had a career night. Victoria had 210 yards receiving with two touchdowns. The longest touchdown was the 75-yard catch and run, but he also had a 56-yard touchdown.
The Wayne running game was almost nonexistent in the first half with 15 yards, but it came out inspired in the second half. Wayne ended up with 224 yards rushing, 209 in the second half. Wayne’s offense rolled up 579 yards total offense on the Miamisburg defense.
When asked about sticking with the run when the running game was stalled and the passing game was working, coach Minton said, “We just had to take what they were giving us. You can’t throw the ball 50 or 60 times a game and win games like that. So you have to at some point in the game crease them with the run and that started to open up cut back lanes and things like that. So we started to take advantage of that. We busted a few, and of course when you bust a few like that it opens the passing game too.”
Wayne’s road doesn’t get any easier. It has to travel to Clayton to take on a red-hot Northmont Thunderbolts team. Northmont pretty much had its way with Butler Thursday night. The Thunderbolt receivers overmatched the Butler secondary and the Thunderbolt defense controlled the tempo from start to finish. Miamisburg will head back for a home game against Troy, which dismantled Fairborn 38-6 Friday night.
Reach Robert Williamson II by email: RobertWilliamsonII@hotmail.com