Wayne High Limits Scoring Opportunities From Crimson Pride In Second Half, Record Costly Turnovers

OMAHA – After being stopped at the goal line in the final second of the first half and then turning the ball over on downs late in the game, turnovers played a factor during a season-opening loss for the Wayne High football team.

From Rummel Stadium in Omaha, #5 (Omaha World Herald)/#9 (Lincoln Journal Star) preseason rated Omaha Roncalli Catholic welcomed in Wayne High during a Class C1 showdown on Friday.

Both teams started the game neck-and-neck with back-to-back punts.

Then, following a Roncalli Catholic interception, the Crimson Pride knocked through a 33-yard field goal from Brady McGill with 2:03 remaining in the opening quarter to make the score 3-0.

Roncalli Catholic then scored on their next three following possessions when McGill connected with Brent Heller from 17-yards out (8:48 left in second quarter); following a Wayne fumble McGill found Grant Ryan in the endzone from 19-yards out (6:54 left) and then a one-play 67-yard passing score from McGill to Tanner Post made the score 24-0 with 4:59 left in the opening half.

Wayne High did fumble the ball a second time inside the Crimson Pride 20 and then were held to no points on a final play with one second in the first half at the goal line.

Score the half favored Omaha Roncalli Catholic, 24-0.

The Blue Devil defense came alive early in the second half when senior Sedjro Agoumba recorded an interception. Wayne High on the offensive side then turned the ball over twice in Roncalli Catholic territory off a fumble and interception.

In-between those possessions, McGill picked up a bobbled field goal attempt snap and ran in for a 20-yard rushing touchdown. The extra-point was no good as the score favored Roncalli, 30-0 with 4:37 left in the third quarter.

In the fourth, Wayne High would turn the ball over on downs inside the Roncalli Catholic five yard line and then fumble once later in the game for their seventh turnover.

The Wayne High football team will next host Douglas County West on Friday, September 2 at 7 p.m. from Bob Cunningham Field on the campus of Wayne State College.


Friday area games:

Plainview 30, Wakefield 28 – Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9

TCNE (Tri County Northeast) 42, Lyons-Decatur Northeast 0

Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 46, Guardian Angels Central Catholic 25

Wynot 28, Hartington-Newcastle 20

Cedar Catholic 50, Tekamah-Herman 8

Wisner-Pilger 52, Lutheran High Northeast 18

Norfolk Catholic 37, Oakland-Craig 12

Norfolk 38, Columbus 7

Pender 42, Elkhorn Valley 8

Pierce 38, Wahoo 7

Ponca 29, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS) 25

Randolph 58, Walthill 0

Douglas County West 26, West Point-Beemer 7

Bloomfield 52, Winside 16