WAYNE – After splitting a pair of road games the past two weeks, the Wayne High football team geared up for the final three weeks of the season during their homecoming game Friday night.
From Bob Cunningham Field on the campus of Wayne State College, #10 in the Lincoln Journal Star and #9 in the Omaha World Herald Wayne High hosted Boone Central.
After Wayne High took an early six-point lead, both teams traded the lead a handful of times as the Blue Devils edged Boone Central, 38-27. WHS improves to 5-2 while the Cardinals fell to 2-3.
Senior running back Reid Korth scored four times on the night and started with a seven-yard score during the opening drive of the game but the extra point was blocked. Wayne led 6-0 and after forced a three-and-out punt on the next possession but the Blue Devils had their own punt blocked.
Junior quarterback Braden Benes scored on the very next play from four-yards out. The point-after from senior Ryan Kramer was good as Boone Central led 7-6 with 4:25 left in the opening quarter.
Then both teams would score each possession in the second trading leads.
Korth rain in from seven-yards out as did senior Layne Evans with 9:26 and :48 seconds until half. Benes found junior wideout Dustin Andreasen during a 14-yard strike. Wayne failed both their two-point conversions as the Cardinals made the extra-point but it was WHS leading 18-14 at the break.
Boone Central then scored on their first possession in the third quarter when Benes found the endzone on a 30-yard score. The Cardinals led for the last time at 21-18 following Kramer’s extra-point.
Korth found the endzone again this time from four-yards (PAT good) with 6:06 left in the game and after a bad snap on a Boone Central Punt, junior Tanner Walling recorded the team’s first passing touchdown of the season. Korth caught a five-yard score as junior Yair Alcantara made the point-after to go up 32-21.
Benes scored once more from 18-yards out (5:22 left in fourth) but it was Walling putting the game away with 2:12 left in the game with his legs on a five-yard score (point-after no good) as Wayne High went onto win 38-27.
The Wayne High football team will next visit O’Neill on Friday, October 16 at 7 p.m.
Area Friday results:
Allen 81, Walthill 12
Clarkson/Leigh 22, Wisner-Pilger 20
Elkhorn Valley 46 Hartington-Newcastle 18
Wakefield 30, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 24
Oakland-Craig 52, Hartington Cedar Catholic 14
Pender 71 Emerson-Hubbard 12
Pierce 45, West Point-Beemer 8
Homer 58, Randolph 20
Winside 48, Wausa 22