WAYNE – Friday night homecoming high school football was put to the test for Wayne High hosting West Point-Beemer.
From Bob Cunningham Field on the campus of Wayne State College, the Blue Devils hosted their second Class C1 opponent in back-to-back weeks.
After giving up an opening drive touchdown, Wayne High countered with three straight scoring drives to secure Friday night’s homecoming victory of 40-20. WHS improves to 2-0 while the Cadets fell to 0-2.
Scoring opened on a fourth down conversation when West Point-Beemer’s senior quarterback Riley Penrose ran in for a 45-yard score with 9:08 to play in the first quarter. The Cadet two-point conversion was failed as West Point-Beemer led 6-0.
WHS then used scoring drives that were capped off by senior Tanner Walling connecting with junior wide receiver Alex Phelps from 49-yards (7:18 in first); senior running back Brandon Bartos walked in from six yards out (1:04 in first) and Walling found senior wide receiver Yair Alcantara on a 33-yard strike (7:55 in second). Alcantara made two of three extra points to put WHS up 20-6 at the break.
Senior Mason Frevert recovered a first half fumble.
The Blue Devils then started the second half with more points as junior running back Eli Barner rushed on a five-yard score. The PAT was blocked which made the score 26-6 with 9:42 left in the third quarter.
After West Point-Beemer had their punter tackled before he punted the ball, WHS missed a 21-yard field goal but then used a Bartos pick six from about 30 yards out to lead 33-6 after Alcantara made the PAT with 3:26 left in the third.
Wayne’s final score came on Walling’s third of the night being a 20-yard rushing touchdown with 10:02 left in the game. Alcantara made the PAT to put Wayne ahead 40-6.
The Cadets scored on their final two drives when sophomore running back Juan Garcia ran in from 31-yards out (2 pt. conversion failed) and junior running back Keaton Persson scored from a yard out (Penrose 2 pt. conversion).
Final favored Wayne High, 40-20.
WHS vs. West Point-Beemer:
1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:
6 0 6 0 14 20 – West Point-Beemer
14 6 20 13 7 40 – Wayne High
The Wayne High football team will next go on the road for back-to-back Friday’s. WHS will visit Columbus Lakeview on September 10 and play at Ashland-Greenwood on September 17; both at 7 p.m.
Friday area results:
Mead 38, Allen 26
Battle Creek 24, Hartington Cedar Catholic 7
@ Emerson-Hubbard: Humphrey St. Francis VS Emerson-Hubbard
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 64, Hartington-Newcastle 26
Stanton 11, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 8
Lourdes Central Catholic 69, Guardian Angels Central Catholic 32
Norfolk Catholic 27, Bishop Neumann 24
Pierce 28, Columbus Lakeview 27
Ponca 28, Tekamah-Herman 7
Wisner-Pilger 64, Wakefield 22 – 104.9 FM
Lutheran High Northeast 30, West Holt 26