WAHOO – For the second season, Wayne High opened with Wahoo which marked the third straight season the two teams have met.
From Wahoo, the Warriors topped Wayne in the 2017 second round playoffs and in last year’s season opener (16-0). Wayne High held Wahoo scoreless in the opening quarter thanks to a long first drive and had a couple chances to score in the red zone but it was the C1 semifinalist team of Wahoo doing their damage in the final three quarters to win 47-0. Wahoo wins their 16th season opener out of their past 17 to open their 2019 campaign at 1-0 while Wayne fell to 0-1.
The Blue Devils started strong forcing an early punt from Wahoo who was preseason picked #2 and #3. Wayne used up most of the first quarter clock as they drove deep into Warrior territory before missing a 25-yard field goal. Wayne High’s junior linebacker Reid Korth recovered a fumble a couple defensive plays later where Wayne then was forced to a short punt.
At the end of the first quarter, both teams were scoreless. Wahoo then started off the second quarter with a 51-yard rushing touchdown from senior running back Trevin Luben. His first of three scores on the night.
Luben then returned a 35-yard punt return for a touchdown and had an interception in the second quarter. The final first half points came from senior kicker Jesus Zaragoza from 39-yards out with 3:07 left in the second who was also 6-for-6 from extra ponts. At the half, Wahoo led Wayne 17-0.
Wayne High started the third quarter off with their second turnover from a fumble which led to the first passing touchdown for Wahoo. Senior quarterback Thomas Waido hooked up with senior wide receiver Peyten Walling from 22-yards out. Later in the quarter, Wahoo added a four-yard rushing touchdown from Luben to lead 31-0.
In the fourth, Wahoo would score twice more from a 49-yard passing touchdown between Waido and Walling and a seven-yard rushing touchdown from sophomore running back Colin Ludvik with a safety in-between.
Wayne High will next host O’Neill during their homecoming game at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 6 while Wahoo will visit Nebraska City.
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