Powerful Wayne rolls again
WAYNE -- Fast starts, big leads and few snaps. It's become the story of Wayne's first halves so far this season
The Pioneers raced to a 53-6 lead at the break and cruised to a 53-14 win Friday over visiting Mingo Central on Homecoming at Pioneer Field.
Toree Wallace was named as the 65th Miss Pioneer at halftime.
Wayne (5-0) was never challenged. The Pioneers rolled up 443 yards in the first half while holding the visiting Miners to minus-11 yards in the first half.
The clock ran continuously in the second half.
"I told the kids after the game we don't have to apologize for putting your foot to the floorboard in the beginning of it," Wayne coach Tom Harmon said after the Pioneers' 14th consecutive win. "We were playing a young team that got a little shell-shocked."
That shell-shock set in from the opening kickoff. Mingo Central's Alex Lee was attempting to cut into the middle of the field when Wayne sophomore Mason Hodge delivered a blow that sent Lee into the air and three yards backward.
By the time the onslaught ensued, Brandon Spurlock had three touchdown runs and 100 yards while Hodge added 82 yards on two carries and a score. James Egnor had 62 yards and a touchdown, and Nathan Spurlock added 70 yards on just four attempts.
For good measure, Grant Ferguson connected with Zach Cassidy for a pair of touchdown passes, the latter covering 44 yards.
The Miners' (3-2) lone score of the half came when Lee returned a kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown.
Wayne, ranked No. 2 in Class AA, racked up 519 yards of total offense. Mingo Central, which entered ranked No. 7, had its three-game winning streak snapped.
The Pioneers will travel to No. 1 Scott next week. The Skyhawks (6-0) beat Westside, 37-12.
"Our guys understand that there are some battles ahead. Our task is to make sure we're ready when that happens," Harmon said. "In the meantime we need to keep sharpening, keep getting better. We'll take that (blowout win) all year but we're not stupid. We think there could be some battles ahead, probably one next week."
MINGO CENTRAL 6 0 0 8 -- 14
WAYNE 28 25 0 0 -- 53
W -- Spurlock 31 run (Stamper kick)
W -- Hodge 64 run (Stamper kick)
W -- Spurlock 42 run (Stamper kick)
MC -- Lee 76 kick return (pass failed)
W -- Egnor 1 run (Stamper kick)
W -- Spurlock 1 run (kick failed)
W -- Cassidy 13 pass from Ferguson (Stamper kick)
W -- Cassidy 44 pass from Ferguson (kneel down)
W -- Fry 12 run (kneel down)
MC -- Joplin 10 run (Prater run)
First Downs 4 21
Rushes-yards 33-101 37-465
Passing 1-5-0 3-7-0
Passing yards Minus 1 54
Total offense 100 519
Fumbles-lost 3-1 0-0
Penalties 7-43 4-30
Punts 6-19.0 0-0.0
RUSHING -- MC: May 10-18, C. Lester 6-55, Hammond 2-(-7), M. Lester 4-(-20), Team 2-(-10), Justice 3-19, Joplin 5-43, Prater 1-3. WAY: B. Spurlock 7-100, Egnor 3-62, Hodge 2-82, Ferguson 1-37, N. Spurlock 3-70, Lunsford 6-37, Fry 5-58, Perry 3-(-1), Queen 3-19, Stiltner 2-4, Tomblin 2-(-3).
PASSING -- MC: M. Lester 1-5-0, minus-1 yard. WAY: Ferguson 3-7-0, 54 yards.
RECEIVING -- MC: May 1-minus 1. WAY: Cassidy 2-57, Hodge 1-(-3).