Wayne continues roll, routs Tolsia
GLENHAYES, W.Va. — Six possessions, six touchdowns.
The powerful Wayne offense found balance and efficiency to race to 43-0 lead early in the third period, and coasted to a 49-6 victory over host Tolsia at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field.
Brandon Spurlock ran for 154 yards and two scores, while teammate Mason Hodge took two of his three carries to the endzone. Meanwhile, Grant Ferguson added 85 yards passing and a touchdown for the AA No. 1 Pioneers in the rout.
“Being diverse on offense is an advantage for us, being able to do different things,” Wayne coach Tom Harmon said. “Being able to get in tight formations and throw the ball, or get in wide formations and run it, all those things that give defenses headaches.
“We haven’t perfected anything, but we’ve shown flashes of being able to do a lot of different things.”
It was Wayne’s seventh straight victory over its county rival, dating back to the 2006 Class AA championship game.
For one possession, Tolsia was able to drive the ball, chew clock, and keep the Wayne offense off the field. Brandon Ward had an 18-yard run on the first play from scrimmage, and while quarterback Dakota Robertson had 24 yards rushing on his first three attempts.
But the Rebels could not finish the drive, as Hodge jumped on one of 10 Tolsia fumbles. Despite holding the ball for half of the first quarter, the Rebels still couldn’t score.
“Any game that you get in, you’re going to have to make adjustments,” Harmon said. “You just hope you’re not having to make those adjustments after touchdowns.”
Wayne methodically marched the opposite way, going 71 yards in 10 plays. Hodge capped the drive with a 10-yard sweep around left end for an 8-0 lead.
The Pioneers (7-0) put the game away with defense and field position in the second quarter. Tolsia ended up losing 41 yards on its ensuing two possessions, and Wayne scored four touchdowns in the period. The drives covered 39, 25, 37 and 47 yards, and extended the lead to 36-0 at the break
Dustin Hatfield blocked a punt for the second straight week in that stretch.
“He’s a long guy,” Harmon said of the 6-4 senior. “He’s tall and he’s got long arms. Usually tall guys with long arms who can run can change a game.”
The Rebels (3-5) finished with 122 yards of total offense. Tolsia avoided the shutout when Morgan Williamson hauled in a 29-yard scoring pass from Blake Rose late in the fourth quarter.
Wayne, who has won 16-straight games,will play host to Poca next week. The Pioneers have not trailed at any point in any game for over a year, a stretch of 731 minutes of play.
WAYNE 8 28 7 6 — 49
TOLSIA 0 0 0 6 — 6
W — Hodge 10 run (N. Spurlock run)
W — B. Spurlock 16 run (pass failed)
W — B. Spurlock 3 run (Cassidy pass from Ferguson)
W — Hodge 29 run (B. Spurlock run)
W — Ferguson 1 run (pass failed)
W — Cassidy 35 pass from Ferguson (Stamper kick)
T — Williamson 29 pass from Rose (pass failed)
W — Fry 53 run (kneel down)
First downs 19 9
Rushes-yards 39-308 37-33
Passing 6-13-1 8-17-1
Passing yards 85 89
Total offense 393 122
Fumbles-lost 2-2 10-4
Penalties 8-82 5-55
Punts 2-29.0 5-19.8
RUSHING — Wayne: B. Spurlock 14-154, Fry 6-53, Hodge 3-48, Egnor 5-20, Darby 2-18, Lunsford 4-13, Ferguson 2-6, Langdon-Arthur 1-(-2), Team 2-(-2). Tolsia: Salmons 7-33, Ward 13-19, Davis 1-10, Robertson 9-8, Messer 1-(-2), Rose 2-(-6), Team 4-(-29).
PASSING — Wayne: Ferguson 6-12-0, 85 yards; Perry 0-1-1. Tolsia: Robertson 5-7-1, 41 yards; Rose 3-10-0, 48 yards.
RECEIVING — Wayne: Cassidy 4-71, Pyles 2-14. Tolsia: Williamson 4-53, Senters 3-26, Ward 1-10.