Head Wayne High Football Coach Excited About Season, Focus On ‘Us’ Mentality

WAYNE – With the start of the season just over two weeks away, the Wayne High football team will be made up of almost an entirely new coaching staff and several players filling in new roles this fall.

The Blue Devil football team was completing their final weights sessions with morning practices lasting roughly an hour and a half and full pads coming on at the end of this week.

First year head Wayne High football coach Hayden DeLano said the focus this season will be on themselves.

“We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, we’re trying to keep it simple,” said DeLano. “With a new staff and a lot of new players playing new roles, we’re really trying to slow down and install and focus on the fundamentals.”

Returning coaches are Brendan Dorcey and Aaron Carlson while new coaches joining Hayden DeLano will be Jamison Urkoski, Schuyler Schweers and Jason Trautman leading the roughly 40-man roster.

A big focus for the coaching staff is recruiting kids and building the numbers in their program with ideally 50 – 60 players a year.

Coming from coaching eight-man the past few seasons at Cross County High School, coach DeLano added it’s been a discussion point the past five months.

“Football is just football, so you got to adjust a little bit, your scheme changes a little bit,” DeLano added. “But I think it opens up a little bit more, you can do more now, you have more options, especially defensively. I’m excited for it, it’ll be good, it’s a good challenge. We’re going to play in a phenomenal district against some of the state’s best talent. I take pride in that and I’m excited to get after it.”

The Blue Devil football team is coming off a 5-5 season in 2021. WHS suffered a 42-35 loss at Boone Central in the first round of the Class C1 playoffs.

With the previous team having a talented graduating class, Wayne High will be returning four to five starters on each side of the ball this season.

Top impact and returning players will be senior Eli Barner as the teams leading tackler, three-year starter at tight end and defensive end senior Daniel Judd; senior Bo Armstrong on the offensive and defensive line as well as senior Alex Phelps coming off a solid junior campaign as a wide receiver.

Coach DeLano also stated other names to watch out for is sophomores Gavin Redden and Kaden Keller; junior Garrett Schultz as well as senior Sedjro Agoumba.

The nine-game schedule will open on Friday, August 26 at 7 p.m. visiting Omaha Roncalli Catholic. All Blue Devil football games will be carried on either The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 or Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 as well as waynedailynews.com.

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Coach DeLano mentioned Roncalli will be a good opening test for Wayne High.

“They return eight starters on both sides of the ball if I’m not mistaken and they got a junior quarterback that’s about 6’3, 215 lbs. and can sling it everywhere,” DeLano mentioned. They’re good, it’ll be a tough opponent. They’re probably one of the top teams in the state in Class C1. I’m excited, we’ll find out what we’re about real quick.”

The home opener for Wayne High will be on Friday, September 2 at 7 p.m. hosting Douglas County West from Bob Cunningham Field on the campus of Wayne State College.