Wayne stays hot, pounds Sissonville
SISSONVILLE, W.Va. — For the first time in a long time, things didn’t go exactly right for Wayne on Friday.
The end result, however, was right in line with the recent run of success.
The visiting Pioneers raced to a big lead at halftime and cruised to a 42-0 win over No. 7 Sissonville at Joe Sawyers Field.
“Being able to handle things that don’t go perfectly right is one of the great lessons in football,” Wayne coach Tom Harmon said. “We have had the wind in our sails for a while now, but veterans know that can change.”
Harmon was referring to an opening possession that saw the Pioneers (4-0) go from first and goal at the five to being back at the 27-yard line after multiple penalties. For the first time in nearly a calendar year, Wayne did not score on its first possession.
From that point on, Wayne returned to form. Brandon Spurlock ran for 166 yards and four touchdowns, while Grant Ferguson threw for 122 yards in the first half.
The most electrifying play of the night was the one that put Sissonville away. After the Indians got to the Wayne 5-yard line, James Egnor stepped in front of Austin Crawford’s swing pass and returned it 95 yards for a score, effectively closing the door on the Indians hopes.
Kurt Langdon-Arthur had a 67-yard scoring reception from Ferguson, and finished with 94 yards receiving on four catches. The Pioneers overcame 11 penalties in the game. Sissonville (2-2) was not flagged.
No. 3 Wayne now owns the state’s longest winning streak after Martinsburg lost to Westminster, Md. The Pioneers have won 13 consecutive games.
Mingo Central will visit Pioneer Field next week for Homecoming.
“Our task is to improve regardless of the situation,” Harmon said. “Our team will go through ten games of prep, then all bets are off.
“Many places understand the frustration of not being able to win at that time.
Fortunately at Wayne, we understand both sides of playing at crunch time. That is the special time of high school football, but we are not there yet. Our nose needs to go back to the grindstone.”
WAYNE 14 21 7 0 — 42
SISSONVILLE 0 0 0 0 — 0
W — B. Spurlock 3 run (Stamper kick)
W — Langdon-Arthur 67 pass from Ferguson (Stamper kick)
W — B. Spurlock 33 run (Stamper kick)
W — Egnor 95 interception return (Stamper kick)
W — Spurlock 5 run (Stamper kick)
W — Spurlock 40 run (Stamper kick)
First Downs 16 14
Rushes-yards 35-251 40-32
Passing 7-11-0 18-34-3
Passing yards 122 158
Total offense 373 190
Fumbles-lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties 11-90 0-0
Punts 1-47.0 2-29.5
RUSHING — Way: B. Spurlock 14-166, Ferguson 2-27, Queen 9-22, Langdon-Arthur 2-21, Hodge 1-9, N. Spurlock 1-9, Fry 2-3, Egnor 2-0, Stiltner 1-0, Perry 1-(-1), Atkins 1-(-5). Siss: Wilkinson 12-33, Walker 2-13, Mowrer 6-5, Miller 1-0, Moore 1-0, Shaffer 1-(-4), Crawford 17-(-15).
PASSING — Way: Ferguson 7-11-0, 122 yards. Siss: Crawford 18-32-2, 158; Miller 0-1-0; Shaffer 0-1-1.
RECEIVING — Way: Langdon-Arthur 4-94, Pyles 2-22, Cassidy 1-6. Siss: Miller 7-70, McClung 2-31, Wilkinson 3-21, Shaffer 4-17, Hicks 1-14, Walker 1-5.