Wayne’s Tyler Jamieson makes the catch for a run to the end zone. Photo by Scott Schick
On Sept. 27, in Wayne’s first home game of the season, the football team crushed Moravia 55-0. Clayton Kiefer was great again in space, Tyler Jamieson had a breakout game receiving, and Dillon Lain returned from injury to star on offense, defense and special teams.
As great as the offense was on homecoming, the defense might have been even more impressive, with hard hits, solid tackling and 8 sacks. The Falcons held Moravia to only 67 yards and 1.5 yards per carry.
“Our defense did a great job of getting to the ball and making plays,” head coach Bart Elliott said.
Both the offensive and defensive lines were solid, using their physicality to give Lain plenty of time to pass and opening huge holes, while eliminating the Mohawk’s rushing attack.
Blayde Baker and Tate Van Dyne notched 3 sacks each, with 8 and 7 tackles respectively. Evan Sinclair and Draven Jellison also recorded sacks. Lain intercepted a pass, had 2 tackles for loss and 10 overall tackles. Clayton Kiefer led the team with 12 tackles, Ethan Horton had 5 tackles and Levi Overstreet had 4.
Jamieson had an outstanding receiving game, despite having a long touchdown called back by a holding penalty. He finished with 3 catches for 67 yards and 1 touchdown. Trent Carpenter caught 2 passes and led the team with 73 yards receiving and a 52-yard touchdown. Horton caught 1 pass for 15 yards.
Wayne’s offense was incredibly efficient. Of Clayton Kiefer’s 5 carries, 4 led to touchdowns, and he finished with 127 yards. Lain completed 6 of 11 passes for 155 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions, while rushing 1 time for 40 yards and another touchdown.
“I was very happy with our performance against Moravia on Friday night,” Elliott said. “We did a much better job of executing our offense, and played consistent, solid football for 4 quarters. Dillon Lain came back from missing the last 2 games and played very well throwing and running. Dillon was very accurate passing the ball. He also makes our special teams much better.”
Lain made all 7 of his PATs and recorded 3 touchbacks on kickoffs.
The other big story of the night was fan support. Vehicles were lined up in several rows past the baseball field, and the stands were full.
“At one point during the game Coach Daughton told the coaches on the field over the headsets to turn around and take a look behind us,” Elliott explained. “The crowd was awesome. The coaches and the team want to thank everyone who came out to support us and make homecoming a special experience for all associated with the Wayne Falcons.”
Wayne returns to the road next Fri., Oct. 4 for a crucial test against Tri-County of Thornburg. It will be the first game of a 4-game stretch that ends at home with league-leading HLV of Victor. Every game is crucial to Wayne’s playoff hopes, and the staff and student-athletes appreciate continued fan turnout.