BEAVERCREEK — The Wayne Warriors bounced back from last week’s upset loss to Centerville with a well-executed 42-14 victory over the Beavercreek Beavers at Frank Zink Stadium in Beavercreek Friday night.
Coach Minton challenged his team this week to focus not on what happened to them, but how they will react. He said, “…I think they reacted pretty good. I’m pretty proud of them.”
Wayne was able to make some key stops early in the game to keep the Beavers off of the scoreboard and run out to a 14-0 lead. Beavercreek received the opening kick and used nearly half of the first quarter in its first drive, but the drive ended with a punt.
After the Beavercreek punt Wayne drove from deep in its own territory all the way down to the Beavercreek 8-yard line, where Rashad McKee called his own number and ran it in for a 8-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 Warrior lead.
After a Beavercreek three and out, the Beavers punted the ball back to Wayne, which returned the ball to the Beavercreek 45-yard line. The Warriors would waste no time, as they took a shot downfield on the first play. McKee connected on a long pass to L’Christian Smith, with a defender draped over him at the five-yard line. Smith then dragged the defender five yards into the end zone for a Wayne 14-0 lead.
Beavercreek has some success on the ground against Wayne, but Wayne was able to make plays to end the Beavers’ drives. However the next drive Beavercreek was able to exploit a few cracks in the Wayne defense. The Beavers used a ball control running game to slowly drive the ball from around its own 20, all the way down the the Wayne 44-yard line. That’s when Beavercreek senior fullback Kaden Wenger took a quick inside handoff and sprinted up the middle 44 yards to put the Beavers on the board for the first time at the 10 minute mark of the second quarter; 14-7 Wayne.
Wayne’s running game had some success in spots and its next possession was an example of that. Wayne used a combination of McKee and junior running back Trace Kinnel runs to get inside the Beavercreek 20, then capped it off with a Mckee to Steven Victoria 12 yard touchdown pass to extend the lead back to 14 points at 21-7.
Wayne would add another touchdown on a McKee 4-yard touchdown run with 3:50 left on the clock until the half. The score would stay 28-7 Wayne going into the half and Wayne due to receive the second half kick.
Beavercreek started the second half with an onside kick that appeared to hit a Beavercreek player at 7-yards, but the officials ruled that the kick went 10 yards and was recovered by the Beavers. That drive ended with a four and out, but Wayne could not do anything with it and had to punt the ball back to the Beavers.
Beavercreek drove deep into Wayne territory again with a mix of misdirection and quick-hitting runs. Facing a fourth down and 5 at the Wayne 18, senior Beavercreek quarterback Cody Hocker ran play action and dropped back to throw. He launched a pass toward the end zone that seemed to be thrown away. The Wayne defender even stopped because he seemed to feel like the ball was overthrown. However junior running back Sabastian Rendon did not give up on the pass. He streaked past the Wayne defender and laid out to snag the pass just before it hit ground in the end zone. The touchdown pass drew the Beavers to within two touchdowns at 28-14.
Even though Wayne started substituting and Beavercreek kept its starters in, it was all Wayne from that point. Wayne ended the game with 14 unanswered points. The last two touchdowns were a 33-yard Trace Kinnel touchdown run and 4-yard touchdown by senior running back Justin Williams to cap off the scoring.
Trace Kinnel had a good game running the ball, ending up with 110-yards on 7 carries and a touchdown. Steven Victoria led all receivers with 3 receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown.
Beavercreek’s running game racked up 288 yards and possessed the ball 35 minutes and 5 seconds to Wayne’s 12 minutes and 55 seconds.
Coach Minton explains, “We knew that the stats [yardage and Time of possession would be skewed], we just wanted to stay a two or three scores ahead of them. They have some good looking backs. Their offense isn’t steered to come back.”
Wayne will now turn its sights on next Friday’s against a scrappy Fairmont Firebirds team in Kettering. The Firebirds are coming off of a 62-0 dismantling of the West Carrollton Pirates in West Carrollton, but also beat Miamisburg 28-26 the week before. The only loss Fairmont has this year is a 14-3 loss to Beavercreek. The Beavers will travel to Springfield to take on the Springfield Wildcats.