SISSONVILLE, W.VA. - Sissonville knew entering its game against Wayne that its had its hands full Friday night.
After all, the Pioneers are the defending Class AA champions, and were coming off a school-record 84 points last week in a big win over Ravenswood.
To make matters worse, Indians standout running back Trent Stowers didn't play in the contest due to an ankle injury. The Sissonville senior dressed in the first half but was in shorts coming outside of the locker room at halftime.
It all added up to a long night for the Indians as the Wayne (4-0) remained undefeated, shutting out Sissonville 42-0 on the road at Joe Sawyers Field. The closest margin of victory this season for the Pioneers is 39 in a victory over Herbert Hoover.
"We are playing at a really high level," Wayne Coach Tom Harmon said. "It's one of those things you can't expect to score all those points or shut teams out every week. What you've done in the past don't amount to anything when it comes to the next game."
Both coaches knew the importance of Sissonville (2-2) having to play without one of their top players in Stowers, the Indians' leading rusher and second-leading receiver.
"They have a good back for them that didn't get to play," Harmon said. "That didn't help. They are getting their program going. They are taking steps in the right direction and are going to be a force to be reckon with."
"He has a sprained ankle," Sissonville Coach Eddie Smolder said. "He tried to practice but the trainers decided not to play him. If he could go, he could go, but they said he couldn't. Trent is a good player but when someone can't go, someone else has to step up. That's the bottom line."
Wayne took full advantage with Stowers out of the lineup, holding Sissonville to just 45 yards rushing on 40 carries in earning the shutout. The Pioneer defense also sacked Indian quarterback Austin Crawford five times and intercepted three passes.
Meanwhile, the Wayne offense continued to roll along, leading 35-0 at halftime before calling off the dogs early in the second half as they have in all four of their big margined victories this season.
Senior Brandon Spurlock made the most of his opportunities in the first half and first series of the second half, running for 157 yards on 14 carries, including four touchdown runs of 3, 33, 5, and 39.
WAYNE 42, SISSONVILLE 0
First downs 15 15
Total yards 365 211
Rushes-yards 35-241 40-45
Passing 124 166
Comp-Att-Int 7-11-0 18-35-3
Punts-Avg 1-50 2-28
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 0-0