WEST POINT – With a pair of home games coming up for Wayne High, the Blue Devils took to the road for the second straight week in search of a 2-0 start.
From West Point, #2 OWH/#3 LJS Wayne High visited #9 LJS West Point-Beemer Friday night.
After trading leads early in the first, Wayne High strung together four straight scoring drives spanning from two minutes left in the second quarter into the nine-minute mark of the fourth to win 35-19. WHS improves to 2-0 while the Cadets are now 1-1.
Following a series of punts and turnovers in the opening quarter, West Point-Beemer’s senior Jesus Barragan found junior Keegan Doggett on a 16-yard score with under a minute left in the first quarter. The Cadets missed the extra point to lead 6-0. Wayne High then answered on their next possession thanks to a 12-yard score from senior Victor Kniesche and following a PAT, led 7-6 early in the second.
West Point-Beemer then regained the lead with five minutes left in the first half when Doggett ran in from 17-yards out. The Cadets failed the two-point try to lead 12-7.
WHS closed out the first half with back-to-back scores from senior Reid Korth from two yards out and then on a 59-yard score late in the quarter. Wayne High took a 21-12 lead into half.
The Blue Devils then put together a 10+, near six-minute drive capped off by another Korth touchdown (12-yards) with 6:27 left in the third. Korth scored once more with nine minutes left in the game (two-yards). Junior Yair Alcantara was perfect on extra points going 5-for-5 with Wayne leading 35-12.
Senior Alejandro Edeza ended the game on a 90-yard rushing touchdown. Final, again favored Wayne 35-19.
Wayne defensive takeaways came from senior Mike Leatherdale on a fumble recovery and junior Brandon Bartos with an interception.
Wayne High will next welcome in Columbus Lakeview and Ashland-Greenwood the next two Friday’s.
The other game that was carried on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 favored Wakefield over Wisner-Pilger, 56-20. The Trojans are now 2-0 on the season while the Gators fell to 0-2. Wakefield is rated #8 in the Omaha World Herald and #9 in the Lincoln Journal Star.
Allen 32, Mead 22
Hartington Cedar Catholic 24, Battle Creek 21 (OT)
Humphrey St. Francis 68, Emerson-Hubbard 0
Pender 63, Randolph 0
Pierce 41, Columbus Lakeview 21
Stanton 46, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 16
Winside 56, Cedar Bluffs 20