WAYNE – A northeast Nebraska Class C1 district high school outing took place Friday evening.
From Bob Cunningham Field on the campus of Wayne State College, Wayne High entertained #2 Pierce.
With a running clock intact to begin the second half, the Pierce Bluejays secured a 58-6 road victory at Wayne to improve to 5-0. WHS fell to 1-4.
Scoring began on the opening drive for Pierce when senior quarterback Abram Scholting found senior tight end Ben Brahmer on a 21-yard passing touchdown just over a minute into the game. The extra-point was missed which saw Pierce lead 6-0.
After Wayne was forced to a three-and-out punt, Scholting for Pierce would connect with senior wideout Jackson Wachholtz on a one-play, 50-yard strike. The two-point conversion was failed as the score was 12-0 with less than nine minutes to play in the opening quarter.
WHS would take advantage on their second possession as sophomore quarterback Kaden Keller hooked up with senior wide receiver Alex Phelps during a 73-yard pitch and catch with 7:21 left in the first quarter. Wayne would have their PAT blocked and trailed 12-6.
The Bluejays would go back to work offensively which led to the third straight passing touchdown for Scholting finding Brahmer for a second time at the under three-minute mark. Junior running back Kennan Valverde scored the two-point conversion to put Pierce up 20-6.
Moving into the second quarter, Pierce would score four more touchdowns.
Scholting ran in from 11 yards out (11:10 remaining) as two-point conversion was failed to go up 26-6; Valverde rushed in from a yard out (9:05 left) as the two-point conversion was failed to lead 32-6; Scholting recorded a nearly 50-yard pick six (7:55 left) PAT was good to put Pierce up 39-6 and right before half Scholting added a fourth passing touchdown (sixth total TD) finding senior Addison Croghan on a 10-yard score with 15 seconds remaining. The PAT was no good which favored Pierce 46-6 at the break.
Wayne was held to four first half punts and had a turnover on downs. Pierce was also held to one turnover on downs.
With the running clock intact in the second half, possessions were at a minimum. Following an early third quarter punt for Wayne, Pierce would utilize a 57-yard passing touchdown from Scholting (seventh total TD/fifth passing) to Croghan with under four minutes to play. The two-point conversion was failed as Pierce led 52-6.
After Wayne was forced to turn the ball over on downs, the Bluejays would score once more when senior running back Karter Wolfe scored from a yard out with 10:16 to play. The PAT was no good which favored Pierce 58-6.
Wayne had once last chance to score on a fourth and goal from the Pierce nine but were stopped as the final seconds ran off the clock.
Final favored Pierce, 58-6.
Pierce will next host O’Neill while the Wayne High football team will next visit top 10 Boone Central on Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m.
Area Friday games:
@ Homer: TCNE (Tri County Northeast) VS Homer
Pender 68, Guardian Angels Central Catholic 22
Hartington-Newcastle 36, Wakefield 32
Oakland-Craig 21, Cedar Catholic 19
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 22, Crofton 0
Lutheran High Northeast 63, North Central 12
Omaha Westside 48, Norfolk 0
Norfolk Catholic 55, West Holt 6
Bloomfield 76, Randolph 20
Boone Central 42, West Point-Beemer 0
Humphrey St. Francis 56, Winside 6
Bancroft-Rosalie 37, Wisner-Pilger 36
@ Battle Creek: Ponca VS Battle Creek – canceled