Trent Moore drops back to pass as Kyle Andrews and Tate Van Dyne, 45, block. Photo by Steve Shriver
After a long drive east on Highway 2, the Falcons got a chance to rest their starters in a 75-14 win over Harmony of Farmington. Junior quarterback Trent Moore easily had his best game of the season, completing 5 of 6 passes for 163 and no interceptions. He threw 4 touchdowns to 4 different receivers, including a long of 56 yards to Chey Homann to start the game.
“This was a good game for our offense and defense,” head coach Bart Elliott said. “Our offense piled up over 500 yards. Eight different guys scored points, including Homann, Jesse Wik, Keyton Nickell and Nick Mattly, who all scored their first touchdowns of the season. Our defense held them to less than 100 total yards and forced 5 turnovers.” Oct 20, 2014, 09:29
Three seniors, Draven Jellison, 72, Tate Van Dyne, 45, and Clayton Kiefer stop a Warrior in the backfield on fourth down to give the ball back to the Falcons during Wayne’s 63-21 victory. Photo by Jason Selby
With Draven Jellison, Tate Van Dyne and Kyle Andrews back in the starting lineup, the Falcons got an almost 800-pound boost on defense on senior night against Seymour. The game was over after the 1st period, as Wayne took a 41-0 lead on Clayton Kiefer’s longest run of the season, a 72-yard touchdown. The final score was 63-21, Falcons.
Kiefer, a senior, touched the ball only 6 times all night, with 4 of those plays resulting in touchdowns. He carried the ball 4 times for 134 yards and 3 scores, and returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown. He also returned a punt 22 yards, and recorded 8 tackles with 1 for a loss.
Brother Carson Kiefer led the defense with 9 tackles and 3 tackles for a loss. He had 2 carries for 10 yards and a touchdown. Oct 13, 2014, 08:49
Trent Moore scrambles for the first touchdown of the game against the Saints. Also pictured is Ryan McConahay, 56. Photo by Scott Schick
After traveling from a family funeral in northern Iowa, a banged-up, national record holding Clayton Kiefer got back just in time for a cold and windy game against Melcher-Dallas. For an already thinned defense, it was more bad news, as Kiefer was held out from his normal linebacker spot. He covered speedster Chase Wetterling in the first half, then was held out in the second half with an ankle injury. To further complicate matters, standout lineman Kyle Andrews was ineligible to play after an ejection on a questionable call in Monday night’s game. It has been a season in search of health for the Falcons. Ultimately the Saints wore them out, 64-32, behind Wetterling and running back Jacob Hoch.
One positive for Wayne in the past two games is a decrease in penalties, an accolade attributable to the coaching staff. Oct 6, 2014, 08:45
Despite a brace on his left arm, Nick Mattly intercepts this Otis Roby pass against Twin Cedars. Photo by Jason Selby
FALCON SENIOR RUSHES FOR CAREER-HIGH 300 YARDS AND 10 TOUCHDOWNS, ADDING A 71-YARD KICKOFF RETURN FOR A SCORE, 420 TOTAL YARDS AND 68 POINTS SCORED
On Fri., Sept. 26, the Wayne football team was fired up and ready to take on the Sabers of Twin Cedars, but lightning forked across the western sky, forcing the refs to delay action. At 8:30 p.m., Jared Chambers announced that the 2014 homecoming game had been moved to the following Monday night.
After a three-day delay, Clayton Kiefer was the lightning on a perfect autumn evening, churning out 300 yards on 32 carries and reaching double digits in touchdowns, 11 in all—10 on the ground, and a 71-yard kickoff return. It bested his previous career high of 292 yards in last season’s first game playoff victory against Murray. Kiefer also caught a pass for 49 yards, racking up a staggering 420 total yards. He scored 68 of Wayne’s 86 points. Sep 30, 2014, 15:29
Wayne's Blayde Baker grabs hold of Jakob Horton's leg to secure a tackle against the Saints. Photo by Jason Selby
SAINTS RUN 35 MORE PLAYS ON OFFENSE THAN A WAYNE TEAM BATTLING ATTRITION
Under the dim lights of Humeston’s football field, the Falcons lost for the first time this season against the fired-up Saints of Mormon Trail, 38-27. With starting defensive linemen Tate Van Dyne and Draven Jellison wearing street clothes and fellow starter Kyle Andrews playing through pain, Mormon Trail executed the perfect strategy of keeping the Falcons’ defense on the field, and the ball out of the hands of Clayton Kiefer. The tally at the end of the game was staggering, with the Saints running 72 plays to Wayne’s 37. Sep 22, 2014, 09:16