TROTWOOD — Wayne dropped its last game of the season 14-7 on a cold, rain-soaked field to the Trotwood Rams Friday night.
Trotwood opened the game by receiving the ball, but the Warriors defense came out strong and forced Trotwood to punt. Wayne started its drive inside its 30 yard line, but it ended quickly as Wayne fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Trotwood. Five plays later Raveion Hargrove ran the ball in on 3rd and goal from the Wayne seven yard line to give the Rams a 7-0 lead.
On Wayne’s next drive the offense could not get it going. Rashad McKee had trouble controlling his passes in the rain and the Wayne receivers could not hang on to the ball when he could get the passes to them.
Wayne punted the ball back to Trotwood and Trotwood mounted a drive to the Warriors’ 35 yard line. Markell Stephens-Peppers dropped back and lofted a pass into the end zone, which was picked off by Wayne senior safety Demetrius Ross and returned out of the end zone to the Wayne15 yard line.
Wayne’s offense showed signs of life, as it was able to get the running game going. Wayne was able to establish a drive and get the ball to the Trotwood 12 yard line by getting a few long runs by Trace Kennel. McKee then called Kinnel’s number again and he carried up the middle and into the end zone to tie the game up at 7-7.
Trotwood and Wayne traded punts the rest of the half, until Trotwood got the ball at midfield with 2 minutes left. Wayne was able to limit the running of Hargrove on this drive, leaving Trotwood with a 3rd down and seven at the Wayne 43 with less than two minutes in the half.
Trotwood ran an empty set, with Hargrove lined up in the slot. Hargrove streaked down the middle of the field and Markell Stephens-Peppers connected with Hargrove with a 32 yards pass at the 11-yard line. Two plays later Stephens-Peppers hit Dallas Daniels in the end zone for the lead 14-7, which would be the final score.
Wayne had a chance late; it had the ball inside the Trotwood 30-yard line with over 3 minutes left. Penalties and incomplete passes ended the drive with Wayne turning it over on downs.
Trotwood completes its undefeated 10-0 season and will have a home playoff game next week. Wayne finishes at 7-3 and awaits the official final rankings to see if it held on for a home playoff game or where it will go for its opening game in the playoffs. At the time of this writing the unofficial rankings give Wayne a slight chance at holding on to its 4th ranking in the region.
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