Prep football: Wayne wins 15th straight in rout of Scott
MADISON, W.Va. - There was a definite postseason atmosphere surrounding Friday evening's Class AA football matchup between host Scott and defending state champion Wayne.
From the 20-minute traffic deadlock entering the stadium to the early arriving crowd that had most of the stadium seats occupied 80 minutes before kickoff, the Skyhawk faithful were ready to celebrate homecoming on a perfect evening for high school football.
Unfortunately for the faithful, Wayne was in no mood to celebrate as it crashed the party with a 47-6 win in front of a standing room only crowd that included former Marshall and NFL standout quarterback Chad Pennington.
Wayne won its state-best 15th straight game in moving to 6-0, while Scott dropped to 6-1.
Wayne started the evening quickly as sophomore Mason Hodge took a handoff on the game's second play and rumbled 80 yards for the game's first score with just 54 seconds off the clock.
The Pioneers extended their lead to 16-0 when James Egnor picked off a Cody Brown pass and returned it 36 yards for the score.
"We knew there would be an energy-charged environment here," said Wayne Coach Tom Harmon. "They've got a good program and their kids play hard, so the earlier you take away that energy, the better off you're going to be.
"I think the big play early kind of established that we were here to play. We didn't play perfectly, but we played well enough to get out of here with a win."
Wayne finished the evening with 367 rushing yards, while sophomore quarterback Grant Ferguson finished 8-of-13 for 113 more yards and a pair of touchdown passes.
Senior Brandon Spurlock led the Pioneers with 115 yards on 10 carries, while Hodge finished with 103 on three totes.
James Egnor added 62 yards on seven carries for Wayne.
Scott Coach Shane Griffith was impressed with the Pioneers' dominant play.
"Wayne has an unreal program and it starts with their community," said Griffith. "The expectations of the community and the program...you could see there in the second half when they started bringing some replacement players in they were still playing at the same level and you realize what that practice environment is like and how that program gets built.
"They jumped on us early. We wanted to control the ball and slow the game down and we never could get into that moment to create that atmosphere."
That's because the Pioneers' physical and quick defense was as equally impressive as the offense.
The Pioneers defense, which made wholesale changes with more than 5 minutes remaining in the third quarter, limited the Skyhawks' normally potent offense to just 182 total yards (143 rushing, 39 passing) on 66 plays.
The Pioneers' defenders also forced three turnovers, with a fumble recovery and a pair of interceptions.
"They're very aggressive to the ball and they swarm you," said Griffith of the Wayne defense. "We just couldn't really get our offense going."
Meanwhile, the Pioneers' offense was clicking on all cylinders.
Spurlock extended the Wayne lead to three touchdowns with a 54 yard TD run in the second quarter, followed by Egnor's second score, on a 17 yard run just before the half, that gave the Pioneers a 32-0 halftime advantage.
The second half started much like the first as Wayne scored on its first play of the third quarter.
After forcing a quick three and out, Wayne's Dustin Hatfield blocked Dezmond Cordero-Lopez's punt and Egnor pounced on the loose ball at the Skyhawks' 2-yard line.
On the Pioneers' first play of the half, Ferguson found Zack Cassidy on a two-yard scoring toss to extend the lead to 40-0.
Scott got on the board with 11:21 left when Robert Bias connected with Dylan Dehart on a 32 yard halfback option pass to make it 40-6.
Wayne closed out the scoring on Ferguson's second TD pass, this one a 15 yard strike to Hatfield with 8:59 left.
WAYNE 47, SCOTT 6
First downs 23 10
Total yards 480 182
Rushes-yards 40-367 51-143
Passing yards 113 39
Comp-Att-Int 8-13-0 4-15-2
Fumbles-lost 7-4 1-1
Punts-Avg. 0-0.0 7-31.0
Penalties-yards 5-37 5-45
Wayne 16 16 8 7 -- 47
Scott 0 0 0 6 -- 6
W - Mason Hodge 80 run (Brandon Spurlock run) 11:06
W - James Egnor 36 interception return (Spurlock run) 1:05
W - B. Spurlock 54 run (Hodge run) 9:49
W - Egnor 17 run (Zack Cassidy pass from Grant Ferguson) 1:46
W - Cassidy 2 pass from Ferguson (Hodge pass from Ferguson) 10:32
S - Dylan Dehart 32 pass from Robert Bias (kick blocked) 11:21
W - Dustin Hatfield 15 pass from Ferguson (Andrew Stamper kick) 3:59
Rushing: Wayne - Brandon Spurlock 10-115, Mason Hodge 3-103, James Egnor 7-62, Nathan Spurlock 4-46, Brody Lunsford 4-26, Chris Darby 1-17, Grant Ferguson 1-3, Logan Queen 1-2, Michael Perry 1-(-3), Kurt Arthur 1-(-4); Scott - Cameron Loftus 10-40, Jesse Lackey 7-33, Cody Brown 7-24, Robert Bias 14-22, Tyler Jude 4-17, Triston Crone 7-5, Elijah Price 1-4, Willie Kimler 1-(-2).
Passing: Wayne - Ferguson 8-13-0, 113 yards. Scott - Cody Brown 3-11-1, 18; Bias 1-2-1, 21; Tyler Jude 0-2-0.
Receiving: Wayne - Zack Cassidy 3-37, Kurt Arthur 1-25, Hodge 1-16, Austin Pyles 1-11, Brian Robertson 1-9. Scott - Dylan Dehart 1-21, Hunter Bradley 1-17, Payton Hager 1-3, Crone 1-(-2).