O’NEILL – A pair of Class C1-5 District football opponents competed on a chilly Friday night during week eight of the high school season.
O’Neill welcomed in the Wayne High football team as the Blue Devils were looking to build momentum late in the regular season like they did during last year’s state semifinal appearance.
After O’Neill pulled with a touchdown late in the second quarter, Wayne High took control in the third quarter scoring 28 straight points on four touchdowns and extra-points to win 42-7. WHS improved to 6-2 while the Eagles dropped their sixth straight to now sit 1-7.
After forcing an early first quarter O’Neill punt, Wayne High took their opening drive down the field and scored thanks to a four-yard rushing touchdown from senior Reid Korth. The extra-point was missed as WHS led 6-0 with 6:17 remaining in the quarter. The Blue Devils also scored in the second when junior Tanner Walling connected with senior Victor Kniesche on a 22-yard score. Walling converted the two points to put Wayne out front 14-0 with 7:27 left in the first half.
Following a Walling interception, O’Neill put a late second quarter drive together as senior Mason Walsh found sophomore Landon Classen on a 25-yard score. The extra-point was good as WHS held onto a 14-7 halftime lead.
The Blue Devils then dominated the third quarter. Following a near 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from sophomore Alex Phelps, Korth scored from eight-yards. After junior Yair Alcantara made both PAT’s, WHS led 28-7 with eight minutes left in the third. Other third quarter scoring came from junior Brandon Bartos on a six-yard score and Korth for the third time with a 52-yard run. O’Neill was forced to punt three times in the third as Kniesche recorded an INT.
Final again favored Wayne High 42-7 with the running clock taking up most of the time in the final quarter.
The Wayne High football team will close out their regular season on Friday, October 23 where the top two teams in the Class C1-5 District will compete for the automatic spot in the postseason.
Friday area results:
Allen 53, Emerson-Hubbard 6
Pender 49, Homer 20
Pierce 70, Battle Creek 12
Hartington Cedar Catholic 46, Ponca 14
Wakefield 64, Hartington-Newcastle 41
Wisner-Pilger 62, Madison 14
Wynot 46, Winside 24