Wayne senior Alex Chapman returns a punt 22 yards at Lenox last Friday evening. Photo by Schick Photography
FACING 2ND STRAIGHT DISTRICT CHAMP FROM 2016 ON THE ROAD, WAYNE FALLS 50-14
For the 3rd straight week, Wayne’s football game was delayed, this time due to lightning. After an hour and a half, district champion Lenox got back to business, pushing the Falcons around and winning 50-14.
Wayne played without starting quarterback Blake Moore, out with a shoulder injury, forcing freshman Chasen Kiefer to make his first start. Kiefer completed 1 pass for 7 yards with 2 interceptions, but also added another dimension with a 54-yard run for a touchdown, rushing for 56 yards on 14 carries. He completed a 2-point conversion pass to Troy Arnold, as well.
There was both good and bad news on defense, where previous week’s star Ryan McConahay broke his leg and will most likely be out for the remainder of the season. But senior Mitch Sinclair was back for the 1st time on the defensive line.
The Falcons will be playing for McConahay the rest of the year.
Trevor Wilson was the bright spot on offense, rushing for 149 yards on 15 carries, including a 65-yard touchdown. Nick Mattly also rushed for 8 yards.
Alex Chapman caught 1 pass for 7 yards, returned 1 kickoff for 20 yards and 1 punt for 22 yards, recovered a fumble and made 4.5 tackles.
“This was a very disappointing loss to a good Lenox team,” head coach Bart Elliott said. “It was disappointing in that at times during the game we showed we could play with them on offense and defense.
“They were more aggressive and physical than we were on both sides of the ball and it showed throughout the game. We will continue to work on being more consistent and putting more effort into each play of the game.”
Ben Saunders returned an interception 56 yards and made 1 tackle. Brooks Jacobsen returned an interception 5 yards and made 5.5 tackles.
Mattly led Wayne with 10.5 tackles. Wilson had 7.5 tackles, Sinclair and Stetson Baker 5 tackles, Caleb Pounds 3.5 tackles, Connor Runyon 3 tackles, Matt Bellon and McConahay 2.5 tackles, Spencer Buban and Isaiah Bradford 2 tackles, Arnold 1.5 tackles, and Hunter Clark 1 tackle.
Buban and Kyle Andrews combined for the Falcons’ only sack.
With the loss, the Falcons dropped to 2-1 on the season. They still are in solid contention for the 2nd playoff spot in District 6, while Lenox appears the team to beat for the title.
Wayne returns home on Fri., Sept. 16 to play a crucial game against 2-1 Stanton, followed by another big one at Bedford on Sept. 23.