On Sept. 13, Wayne’s varsity football team traveled to Mormon Trail without their starting quarterback Dillon Lain. After a shaky first half for both teams, Wayne overpowered the Saints on the ground. Allowing 461 yards to Twin Cedars the previous week, the Falcons held Mormon Trail to only 140 yards and forced 4 fumbles.
“Going into this game we knew it would be a tough, physical game,” Head Coach Bart Elliott said. “With several friends and family from both teams and communities, we knew it would be an emotional, hard fought battle.”
In the end, Wayne won by 44 points after trailing at halftime, moving to 2-1 on the season.
In the first half, the offense, led by first-time starter at quarterback Trent Moore, moved the ball well but did not finish drives when they had the chance.
“They were fired up and we weren’t,” Elliott said. “Going into halftime losing 6-2 was, to say the least, very disappointing. We made a few adjustments at halftime, and talked about playing more physical and more consistent, especially on offense. We came out in the second half a different team.”
Clayton Kiefer ran for 5 touchdowns in the second half alone and 192 yards for the game, while leading the defense with 13 tackles. Trent Carpenter rushed for 76 yards and caught 2 passes for 56 yards, with a touchdown on the ground and one receiving. Ethan Horton had a strong game on offense and defense—recording 12 tackles—as did Tate Van Dyne, who finished with 11 tackles and blocked well for a much improved offensive line, while playing against three of his cousins.
Horton, Tyler Jamieson and Carson Kiefer each caught one pass. Blayde Baker had 12 tackles, while Keyton Nickell had 7 tackles, Levi Overstreet 6 tackles and Trevor Wilson 5 tackles. Evan Sinclair recorded Wayne’s only solo sack.
Moore finished with 77 yards passing and a touchdown, showing maturity, confidence and good decision-making as only a sophomore. Hard work in the offseason helped prepare Moore for this opportunity.
“I am very pleased with our second half performance,” Elliott added, “but we have to learn how to play 4 quarters. We have to learn it very quickly—we are heading to Murray this Friday to play a very good football team.”