On Sept. 6, Wayne’s varsity football team traveled to Twin Cedars. Against a defense that had held their previous two opponents to a combined 20 points, the Falcons bested that statistic in one game, but lost to a Twin Cedars team led by 16 seniors, 54-21. The Sabers moved to 3-0 and maintained their lead in the conference.
“This was a very frustrating and disappointing loss,” Coach Bart Elliott said. “They are a good team, with a very good quarterback who has some talented receivers. Their type of offense is tough to prepare for.”
For Twin Cedars, quarterback Brent Parker accounted for as many touchdowns—5 through the air and 1 on the ground—as incompletions, 6. The senior threw for 242 yards and ran for 56 more. On the season, Parker has passed for 16 touchdowns against only 2 interceptions. His accuracy helped Twin Cedars hold a 33:55 to 14:05 advantage on the clock, wearing Wayne’s defense down in another hot game.
“Our defense has to do a better job of adjusting to what formation the offense is running,” Elliott said, “and do a much better job of getting pressure on the QB and covering receivers.”
Despite an injury to Lain, Wayne fought back to make it a 17 point deficit early in the 3rd quarter, when Clayton Kiefer crossed the goal line for a 3 yard touchdown run. But Twin Cedars pulled away from there.
Wayne’s rushing attack was potent, averaging almost 5 yards per carry, with Kiefer running for 83 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also intercepted a pass on defense and recorded 7 tackles. Trent Carpenter had a solid game with 43 yards receiving and 37 yards rushing. But with the injury to Lain and inconsistency in the passing game, the team made moving the ball difficult on themselves.
“Our offense needs to play more consistent throughout the game,” Elliott explained. “Several problems occurred because we didn’t have proper communication. This is something we’ve worked on and will continue to work on. We just didn’t play up to our potential or ability.”
Lain finished with 65 passing yards and a touchdown, while rushing for
65 yards in limited action. In relief, sophomore Trent Moore completed
2 of 3 passes for 12 yards. Carson Kiefer led the defense with 7.5 tackles and 3 tackles for loss. Blayde Baker and Ethan Horton both had 6 tackles. Evan Sinclair recorded 1 sack, while Baker and Tate Van Dyne
combined for the other.