Pioneers pound Chesapeake
CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — There would be no slow start for Wayne in Week 2.
One week after scoring just seven first-half points in a win over Tolsia, the Pioneers recovered a
Chesapeake fumble on the opening kickoff and raced to a 35-7 halftime lead en route to a 63-7 victory Friday night to leave the Panthers 0-2 in their new stadium.
“Faster everything is what’s needed to win in football,” Wayne coach Tom Harmon said. “Setting the speed of the game early helps the offensive rhythm for sure.”
Wayne (2-0) ran just 38 plays from scrimmage, but racked up 411 yards and seven offensive touchdowns.
“The line blocked better, and the backs ran harder,” Harmon said of the improvement since last week.
Wayne also added some explosive plays. Kurt Langdon-Arthur returned the opening kickoff of the second half 83 yards for a touchdown, and the Pioneers scored on an 84-yard interception return by Seth Napier in the fourth quarter.
Andrew Stamper kicked a 37-yard field goal, which is believed to be the longest made in school history.
“Still not where we need to be, but I thought our ability to make out of the ordinary plays improved,” Harmon said.
Quarterback Grant Ferguson ran for 70 yards on just two carries, including a 25-yard scoring run. Ferguson also threw for 96 yards. Nathan Spurlock scored two touchdowns, and Mason Hodge ran for a team best 97 yards and a score.
Chesapeake scored on a 7-minute touchdown drive that began in the first quarter and ended in the second. Chad Meadows capped the drive with an 8-yard run. Wayne jumped offside three times during the possession. It was the first score allowed by the Pioneers in five games.
“Chesapeake put together a good solid, grunt it out drive in the first half,” Harmon said. “Credit their grit and our lack thereof. We just have to get better. They showed that in spurts.”
Wayne has now won 25 consecutive games, the longest active streak in West Virginia.
The Pioneers are idle next Friday. Chesapeake travels to Symmes Valley.