PIERCE – District play began Friday night for a pair of ranked northeast Nebraska Class C1 teams.
#9 Wayne High visited #1/#2 Pierce and gave up 35 first half points to begin the second half with a running clock. The Bluejays added another score late in the fourth to win 42-0. Pierce is now 5-0 while Wayne saw their three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 3-2.
Pierce scored on their opening drive when senior full back Brett Tinker walked in from two yards. The extra point was blocked.
WHS then had their opening punt blocked and then Tinker ran in for his second score of the game (six yards) one play later. Pierce converted the two-point score when senior quarterback Carson Oestreich found junior tight end Garret Meier in the back in the end zone to make it 14-0.
The Bluejays then used the legs of Tinker from a yard out for their third straight first quarter score to lead 21-0 coming off a Wayne fumble. In the second quarter Pierce used a half-back pass for a touchdown when freshman backup quarterback Abram Scholting hooked up with senior wideout Jake Edins for six. The Bluejays added one more rushing touchdown from senior I-back Dean Orwig (six-yards) to go up 35-0 at the break. Sophomore defensive back Ritter Oestreich recovered a blocked punt and had an interception in the first half.
Wayne High did recover a fumble called for a backward pass against Pierce late in the second quarter.
Early in the second half, Wayne High was held to a three-and-out but recovered a fumbled punt return and drove into Bluejay territory before turning the ball over on downs late in the third.
Pierce scored once more thanks to a 71-yard rushing touchdown from Tinker. Tinker recorded his 11th rushing score on the season.
Wayne High will next host Logan View/Scribner-Snyder while Pierce hosts Columbus Lakeview on Friday, October 4.
Friday area games:
Bloomfield 42, Allen 26
Emerson-Hubbard 55, Cedar Bluffs 40
Clarkson/Leigh 60, Pender 6
Norfolk Catholic 21, Crofton 20
Hartington Cedar Catholic 34, Ponca 0
Neligh-Oakdale 34, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 24
Howells-Dodge 50, Lutheran High Northeast 27
Wakefield 68, Omaha Nation 8
Riverside 76, Winside 30
Wahoo 54, West Point-Beemer 7
Wisner-Pilger 34, Guardian Angels Central Catholic 14