WAYNE – The #7/#9 Wayne High Blue Devil football team was back at home for the second week in a row, this time hosting a non-ranked team.
Looking to avenge their third loss from 2016, when WHS started 0-3, the Blue Devils hosted the Arlington Eagles.
Arlington opened with possession and marched down the field before their drive stalled due to multiple penalties and were held to a turnover on downs.
During Wayne High’s first possession they didn’t pick up first and went three-and-out.
It was a back-and-forth battle in the first half as Arlington punted four consecutive times in the half while Wayne had two punts and two turnovers on down possessions.
Finally, late in the fourth quarter the Blue Devils put together a scoring drive in which senior quarterback Beau Bowers dove in from two yards out for a touchdown. Following the made PAT by junior Juan Vergara, Wayne High led 7-0 at the half.
Then in the third quarter scoring came early and often. Senior Ryan Jaixen moved into the all-time leader in receiving yards on one play. Bowers hooked up with Jaixen for a 70-yard touchdown to put WHS up 14-0.
Arlington would answer back on the next drive when senior running back Jackson Borgmann walked in from six-yards out. The Eagles failed to convert the two-point play and trailed 14-6.
Wayne didn’t let off the gas halfway through the third when Bowers found senior wide out Mason Lee for a 28-yard touchdown. Wayne went back up 21-6 and then, following a 25-yard field goal from Juan Vergara, up 24-6 entering the fourth.
Each team scored one more time in the fourth quarter as Arlington cut into the deficit when Borgmann dove in for a two-yard touchdown to make the score 24-12.
Wayne’s last score started with an interception in the end zone from junior Marcus Fertig. Senior fullback, Brennen O’Reilly scored from 16 yards out and following a missed PAT, Wayne won 30-12.
#7/#9 WHS improves to 3-0 on the season while Arlington falls back to 1-2 overall.
WHS will next visit David City while Arlington hosts Pierce on Friday, September 15.
Friday area scores:
Battle Creek 28, Central City 7
Bloomfield 48, Randolph 12
Boone Central/Newman Grove 42, O’Neill 0
Creighton 74, Boyd County 0
Emerson-Hubbard 39, Scribner-Snyder 0
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 60, Plainview 26
Hartington Cedar Catholic 61, Twin River 6
Humphrey St. Francis 22, Wynot 20
Lutheran High Northeast 52, Shelby-Rising City 6
Johnson Brock 64, Winnebago 28
Norfolk Catholic 24, Wahoo 19
Pierce 63, Columbus Scotus 32
Ponca 34, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons Decatur 14
Oakland-Craig 41, Crofton 7
Stanton 18, Cross County 6
Wakefield 54, Hartington-Newcastle 16
West Point-Beemer 54, Wisner-Pilger 0