Wayne goes unbeaten
WAYNE -- Brandon Spurlock has had a lot of success at Pioneer Field over the course of his career.
The Kennedy Award state player of the year candidate put on a show Friday on his his Senior Night, rushing for 166 yards and scoring five touchdowns as Class AA powerhouse Wayne downed No. 4 Bluefield, 45-14, to finish an undefeated regular season.
Spurlock went over 1,560 yards and 25 touchdowns for the season, despite finishing the regular season with just 11 second-half carries.
"It was so fun, I was so excited," Spurlock said. "We just played like a team. Best we've played all year I think."
For a team that has averaged winning by more than 40 points per game, playing its best game is making a statement. Considering the Pioneer senior class is 44-6 in its career, and half of those losses have been to Bluefield, beating the Beavers by 31 might have been extra special.
"Tonight was a night where we have some pretty good backs and our guys up front got off the ball, and we fell forward," Wayne coach Tom Harmon said. "I told our guys before the game we needed to be thinking first downs not touchdowns and the touchdowns would come.
"In these games, you have to take care of the ball and keep it out of their hands as much as you possibly can, and make the most of your scoring opportunities."
Wayne (10-0) raced to a 32-7 lead at halftime.
Spurlock was the catalyst, running for 129 yards and three scores in the first half. Grant Ferguson added a touchdown run and Dustin Hatfield blocked a Beaver punt at the 5-yard line that set up a score.
Spurlock was hitting the second level of defenders on a sprint on most of his carries.
"They do an excellent job," Spurlock said of his offensive line. "I felt like (Bluefield defenders) were keying me. The line did a great job keeping them off of me, the split ends too. We did great. I'm so happy for the team."
The Beavers (8-2) threatened to stay in the game after a D. J. Edwards touchdown run, and were driving into Wayne territory midway through the third quarter, trying to close the gap.
But Beaver running back Johnny David fumbled in the backfield and Spurlock scooped it up and returned it 57 yards for another score, making it 38-7 and allowing the Pioneers to begin to cruise.
"I bent over and it went right in my hands," Spurlock said. "I thought their guy was right behind me but it was (teammate Mason Hodge). I just slowed down and it felt great. That was a critical touchdown and we got it. I loved it."
It marked the seventh time the Pioneers have gone undefeated since 2000.
"Its an accomplishment for mothers who are willing to sit in the parking lot and wait on their kids to get off practice, not three months a year but the whole year," Harmon said. "It's a statement to people coming out and volunteering their time, digging ditches. It's a statement about coaches being willing to stay and not getting paid, and spending time on it.
"It's a statement about the kids willing to suffer through when football season is six or eight months away. We're very fortunate here that we have a good community and they're willing to work, and it shows."
Wayne will be No. 1 when the official pairings are released Sunday, and have homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
BLUEFIELD 0 7 0 7 -- 14
WAYNE 16 16 6 7 -- 45
W -- B. Spurlock 8 run (B. Spurlock run)
W -- Ferguson 9 run (Hodge run)
W -- B. Spurlock 5 run (Damron run)
B -- Edwards 2 run (Mariotti kick)
W -- B. Spurlock 2 run (Cassidy pass from Ferguson)
W -- B. Spurlock 57 fumble return (pass failed)
W -- B. Spurlock 19 run (Stamper kick)
B -- David 10 run (Mariotti kick)
First Downs 11 21
Rushes-yards 47-154 49-315
Passing 2-5-0 3-5-0
Passing yards 40 17
Total offense 194 332
Fumbles-lost 4-3 1-1
Penalties 8-65 12-106
Punts 2-15.0 1-38.0
RUSHING -- BLUE: David 8-49, Stewart 8-43, Leggett 15-42, Edwards 11-22, Coppola 4-8, Team 1-(-10). WAY: B. Spurlock 19-166, N. Spurlock 7-53, Ferguson 7-34, Egnor 10-24, Hodge 3-23, Damron 2-14, Blankenship 1-1.
PASSING -- BLUE: Edwards 2-5-0, 40 yards. WAY: Ferguson 3-5-0, 17 yards.
RECEIVING -- BLUE: Leggett 1-28, Coppola 1-12. WAY: Cassidy 1-7, Blankenship 1-6, Hodge 1-4.