WAYNE – With a pair of road contests taking over the end of September and early October, the Wayne High football team enjoyed their second straight Friday night home game.
From the confines of Bob Cunningham Field/Memorial Stadium on the campus of Wayne State College, #1/#4 Wayne hosted #3/#6 Ashland-Greenwood during a pivotal Class C1 game.
Even through WHS blocked an extra point to keep the game tied and secured an end-of-regulation interception, it was the Bluejays scoring early in their overtime drive to win 28-20. Ashland-Greenwood avenged their loss from last year’s playoff to now sit 4-0 while Wayne High fell to 3-1.
Ashland-Greenwood punted twice early as Wayne High was held to turnover on downs from the Bluejay one and Wayne High’s 29. Thanks to a strip fumble recovery deep in Wayne’s territory the game was kept scoreless through a quarter of play.
Then, early in the second WHS got things going thanks to a one-yard score from senior Victor Kniesche with 10:29 to play in the quarter and then senior Reid Korth used a 52-yard rushing touchdown. Wayne High missed the extra point and then failed their two-point conversion to lead 12-0 with 5:33 until half. Following a Blue Devil punt, Ashland-Greenwood’s sophomore Nick Carroll found senior Lane Zimmerman for an eight-yard score. The Bluejays made the PAT to trail 12-7 going into the halftime break.
Wayne High was forced to punt on their first drive in the third quarter and then Ashland-Greenwood found the ground game. Senior Matthew Schuster found the endzone from 31-yards out (PAT good) to take a 14-12 lead with 3:03 left in the third. Both teams then ended the quarter with turnover on downs.
Korth scored for the second time from nine-yards and then crossed the goal line for the Wayne High two-point conversion taking a 20-14 lead with 7:04 remaining in the game. Ashland-Greenwood also answered with their own rushing score being Schuster on a 27-yard score but the PAT was then blocked as the score remained 20-20 with 3:58 left in the game. Wayne High was forced to punt and then senior Layne Evans recorded an interception to force OT.
In overtime, Schuster ran in from four-yards out for Ashland-Greenwood and then scored the two-point conversion before the Bluejays picked off sophomore back-up quarterback Andrew Jones. Jones started a few possessions in the second quarter and the entire second half in place of junior Tanner Walling due to injury.
Wayne High will next visit Battle Creek while Ashland-Greenwood will play at Raymond Central on September 25.
Join Sports Director, Aaron Scheffler again on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and online at waynedailynews.com Saturday as #5/#7 Wakefield visits #8 Lutheran High Northeast. Pregame coverage is set for 12:40 p.m. with kickoff at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 1 p.m. in Norfolk.
Friday area schedule:
Allen 50, Homer 13
Pierce 56, Arlington 13
Bloomfield 28, Pender 24
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 34, Elkhorn Valley 14
Ponca 49, Twin River 18
Wynot 70, Randolph 16
Walthill 50, Emerson-Hubbard 32
Howells-Dodge 40, Wisner-Pilger 22