Wayne perfect at 9-0
By RYAN EPLING
For The Herald-Dispatch
WAYNE -- Now, Wayne can turn its attention to Bluefield.
The Class A No. 1 Pioneers (8-0) put up 654 yards of total offense Friday night en route to a 64-36 senior night win over Chapmanville at Pioneer Field.
"It's important to come out and take care of business when you're better than your opponent," Wayne coach Tom Harmon said. "We didn't mess around too long. We went out there and did what we were supposed to fast."
Junior quarterback Grant Ferguson threw for a career-high 233 yards.Ferguson has thrown four touchdowns in each of the past two weeks
Sophomore Cody Stiltner played the role of offensive weapon, scoring two touchdowns rushing and two receiving. Stiltner ran for 125 yards on four carries, and caught four passes for 106 more yards as the Pioneers scored seemingly at will.
Junior Mason Hodge ran for 146 and two touchdowns as Wayne rolled up 421 yards rushing on just 31 attempts.
The win was Harmon's 170th in his 17 seasons as Pioneer head coach.
"We do a lot of different stuff offensively and defensively," Harmon said.
"Hopefully as the year goes along we can put those to use in big, big games."
One of those big upcoming games is next Friday night in the regular season finale at Bluefield. The Beavers, who share No. 1 in the Class AA ratings this week with Wayne, are 8-1.
The winner will be rated No. 1 in the postseason while the loser will likely be the No. 3 seed when the playoffs start in two weeks.
Harmon said his team kept its focus on what was at hand.
"Kids don't talk about it, but you just hear it so much," Harmon said. "We didn't overlook (Chapmanville) by any means. You have to take care of this first."
Wayne senior wideout Kurt Langdon-Arthur caught three passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns.
The Tigers (5-5) got 280 yards passing and four touchdowns from quarterback Alex Berry. Senior Brady Cox caught 11 passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns.
Chapmanville kept its starting offense in the game to the final and rolled up 261 of its 335 yards of total offense against Wayne's reserves in the second half. The Tigers managed just 55 yards rushing on 38 attempts.
Wayne has won 32 consecutive games.
CHAPMANVILLE 0 6 8 22 -- 36
WAYNE 18 20 6 20 -- 64
W -- Stiltner 57 run (kick failed)
W -- Langdon-Arthur 26 pass from Ferguson (pass failed)
W -- Perry 13 run (pass failed)
C -- Workman 3 run (pass failed)
W -- Stiltner 34 pass from Ferguson (Hodge run)
W -- Hodge 17 run (pass failed)
W -- Hodge 57 run (pass failed)
C -- Cox 3 pass from Berry (Workman run)
W -- Stiltner 50 run (pass failed)
C -- Wiley 46 pass from Berry (Cox pass from Berry)
C -- Cox 39 pass from Berry (Workman run)
W -- Spurlock 3 run (pass failed)
W -- Stiltner 40 pass from Ferguson (J.C. Maynard run)
W -- Langdon-Arthur 65 pass from Ferguson (kneel down)
C -- Cox 12 pass from Berry (kneel down)
First Downs 19 22
Rushes-yards 38-55 31-421
Passing 21-34-3 10-18-0
Passing yards 280 233
Total offense 335 654
Fumbles-lost 2-2 2-2
Penalties 4-25 9-75
Punts 2-26.5 0-0.0
RUSHING -- Chapmanville: Workman 8-29, Wiley 17-22, Dillon 7-20, Berry 6-(-16). Wayne: Hodge 9-146, Stiltner 4-125, Spurlock 10-85, Ferguson 2-33, Napier 5-19, Perry 1-13.
PASSING -- Chapmanville: Berry 21-34-3, 280 yards. Wayne: Ferguson 10-18-0, 233 yards.
RECEIVING -- Chapmanville: Cox 11-138, Wiley 2-62, Neil 5-51, Casto 2-14, Dingess 1-5. Wayne: Stiltner 4-106, Langdon-Arthur 3-95, Followay 1-22, T. Maynard 2-10.