Wayne rolls past Sissionville, 58-19
WAYNE -- Wayne’s Mason Hodge had been a little slow out of the gate offensively through the Pioneers’ first three football games.
The junior made up for it in Wayne’s most anticipated game so far this season.
Hodge ran for 154 yards and four touchdowns on just 11 carries, while quarterback Grant Ferguson added 148 yards on nine attempts as the Pioneers rolled visiting Sissonville, 58-19, at Pioneer Field.
“It all starts in practice,” Hodge said. “From Monday through Friday, we prepare. You know it’s going to be a battle so you just have to play a little harder than them.”
The Sissonville Indians, who came into Friday’s contest rated No. 2 in Class AA, fell victim to a flurry of Pioneer points in the second quarter.
Wayne (4-0), which was tied for fourth in the ratings, scored 31 points in the second period, including a Cody Stiltner 65-yard punt return and a Chandler Fry 43-yard fumble return, as the Pioneers took a 38-0 halftime lead. Sissonville (4-1) had only allowed 42 points through its first four games.
“We’ve got guys that can make plays on our team,” Wayne coach Tom Harmon said. “We need to get ourselves in situations where they can make plays. I thought with a big punt return, a scoop and score, those things win big ball games. You’re really not counting on those going into the game. They’re big bonus points.”
Wayne had not had a 100-yard rusher through its first three games, but Hodge and Ferguson were both over the century mark by halftime.
Sissonville’s Dominic Walker ran for 149 yards. The Cardinal Conference’s leading rusher, Walker had just 37 yards before Wayne substituted freely in the second half.
The Indians’ first string offense played every snap.
“Defensively, we’ve been making people pay,” Harmon said. “Even good plays have ended up with us making the ball carrier pay.”
Meanwhile the Pioneers rolled up 479 yards rushing and 532 yards for the game.
“We came out Monday pretty fired up. We came out and did the job tonight,” Hodge said. “It all starts in practice.”
Wayne will play next Friday night at Mingo Central.
Sissonville is coached by former Marshall University tight end Eddie Smolder.
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