CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Wayne junior quarterback Grant Ferguson had one of the coldest nights he'd experienced in some time Friday at Herbert Hoover.
That will happen when a player stands on the sideline the entire second half after burning up the field in the first two quarters.
Ferguson completed 10 of 13 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns, adding touchdown runs of 1 and 36 yards as the top-ranked and two-time defending Class AA state champion Pioneers (7-0) ran away early from the host Huskies (2-5) and won 52-20.
"You go the whole first half as hard as possible and you're just covered in sweat. You're just drenched." a shaking Ferguson said after the win. "You walk back out for the second half and it's just a cold chill."
Wayne's starters did not play a snap of the second half, having put 41 points on the board by halftime. The Pioneers led 41-6 at the break.
The dominance began with the game's opening drive. After an 11-yard pass from Ferguson to sophomore Cody Stiltner, the Pioneers kept the ball on the ground to cap off a six-play, 56-yard drive with a 10-yard run by junior Mason Hodge.
Wayne forced a three-and-out on Hoover's ensuing possession, then started its second drive with a 24-yard hook-up from Ferguson to Taylor Maynard. Again, the Pioneers followed the completion with a running game that was less flashy than it was punishing.
Hodge burst into the end zone from 1 yard out to make it 14-0, and the rout was on.