Quarterback Dillon Lain hands off to Clayton Kiefer.
On Oct. 4, the Wayne Falcon football team traveled to Thornburg to take on the Tri-County Trojans. Wayne’s varsity squad excelled on offense, defense and special teams while crushing Tri-County 67-0. It was the second straight shutout for the Falcons, in a game that saw both a kickoff return and a punt return for a touchdown. Trickery was also on display, as Wayne pulled off a hook-and-ladder for another touchdown. The team is clicking at the right time, facing a crucial three-game home stand that ends with 9th-ranked HLV of Victor.
Clayton Kiefer was efficient again, averaging over 20 yards per carry for the 2nd straight game and rushing for three touchdowns, including his 20th on the ground for the season. He also scored on a 69-yard kickoff return, and on the hook-and-ladder. With under a minute to go in the first half, Dillon Lain completed a pass to Trent Carpenter, who then tossed a lateral to Kiefer before he finished it off with a touchdown.
Carpenter had an excellent all-around game, catching 2 passes for 50 yards and a score while finishing with 6 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. He also returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown to begin Wayne’s scoring barrage.
Tyler Jamieson had another strong game receiving, with 2 catches for 59 yards. Ethan Horton caught a short touchdown pass, and Evan Sinclair hauled in one catch for seven yards. Lain finished 6 for 11 with 147 yards passing and 3 touchdowns with 9 yards rushing. Freshman Trevor Wilson carried 3 times for 45 yards and a touchdown, and Tate Van Dyne scored on a 22-yard run. Another freshman, Nick Mattly, rushed for 17 yards on 2 carries.
“The offense was very effective through the air and on the ground,” head coach Bart Elliott said. “We had 5 different players score touchdowns. It’s definitely nice to have several weapons to get the ball to and have a number of guys score.”
The defense was outstanding again, holding Twin Cedars to 210 yards and 2.8 per play, forcing 2 turnovers. Kiefer led Wayne’s defense with 17 tackles. Blayde Baker finished with 12 stops, Carson Kiefer 9, while Ridge Downard and Horton recorded 7. Van Dyne and Wilson had 4 tackles. Freshmen Isaiah Bradford and Keegan Lindley combined for 1 sack, and Levi Overstreet notched the other.
“We were very happy with our overall performance on Friday night,” Elliott said. “Special Teams, defense and offense all played big roles in our victory over Tri-County. We’ve been working hard on kick and punt returns the past couple weeks and it paid off. Clayton Kiefer and Trent Carpenter did a great job of reading blocks and using their speed to take it to the end zone.”
Wayne moved to 4-2 on the season. On Fri., Oct. 11, the Falcons play at home against Melcher-Dallas, looking to keep their playoff hopes alive.