Keyton Nickell leaps to grab a reception over Moravia’s Gunner Miller. Nickell caught 3 passes for 31 yards. Photo by Jason Selby
After a slow start and a second straight week with over 100 penalty yards, Wayne took control at home against Moravia, pulling away to win 72-32.
Early on, the Mohawks moved the ball against the Falcons, and closed to within 20-12 in the 2nd quarter. But after a 12-yard touchdown run by Carson Kiefer and a 35-yard touchdown run by Clayton Kiefer, just before halftime, Clayton returned an interception 38 yards for his 3rd defensive score of the season. He intercepted 2 passes on the night, moving his total to 5 interceptions in 3 games.
After Moravia closed the score to 46-32 in the 3rd quarter, sophomore Trevor Wilson came up big on defense, breaking up a pass in the end zone on 3rd down, before snuffing out the Mohawk drive with a big hit on 4th down. Earlier in the game, Wilson also intercepted his first pass of the year. He finished a fine all-around game with 10 tackles including 1 for a loss, 18 rushing yards on 2 carries and 1 catch for 15 yards. Sep 15, 2014, 08:49
Wayne’s Kyle Andrews sacks Murray quarterback Matt Barnes. Andrews leads the Falcons on the season with 3 sacks. Photo by Kathy Schick
CLAYTON KIEFER RETURNS BOTH A FUMBLE AND A PUNT FOR TOUCHDOWN, RUNS FOR 145 YARDS TO SEND FALCONS TO 2-0
Last fall, in Wayne’s first round playoff game, the Falcons pulled off a stunning 82-57 road victory over the mighty Mustangs of Murray, their first postseason win in 25 years. This season, minus Andrew Rider and Iowa State University recruit Seth Nerness, Murray fell behind Wayne 30-6 after the 1st quarter and could not recover. The Falcons won 56-12 to move to 2-0.
The 1st quarter belonged to Clayton Kiefer. Kiefer scored on runs of 4 yards and 35 yards, before returning a punt 60 yards for a touchdown, and then returning a fumble recovery 51 yards for a touchdown. Kiefer also scored the first touchdown of the 2nd quarter on a 24-yard run. He finished with 145 yards on 16 carries and 3 touchdowns, an interception and 6 tackles. Sep 8, 2014, 08:36
Workers unveil the name of the new football stadium at the Saling Athletic Complex, Epperly Field. Photo by Jason Selby
Former Wayne gridiron coach Paul Epperly stood on the infield track and watched workers pull down the cover over the south scoreboard, revealing the name of the Falcons’ new football venue: Epperly Field, at the Saling Athletic Complex. His wife, Pat, and captains of the current football team, Blayde Baker, Ridge Downard, Carson and Clayton Kiefer stood with him on Aug. 29, before the Falcons overcame the soggy sod and the Eagles of Ankeny Christian Academy, 50-13.
The weather called for a conservative offense, and the Kiefer brothers saw most of the carries on a rainy night. The Falcons finished with 217 yards on 28 carries. Sep 2, 2014, 11:08
Wayne Falcons head football coach Bart Elliott demonstrates what it takes to win for Stetson Baker, 20, and Ben Saunders. Photo by Jason Selby
The Wayne Falcons football team began practice on Aug. 11 with big expectations—and a new field—where fans can watch those hopes play out in style. The start is humble, however, as the young men run 40-yard wind sprints on the outfield grass of the little league baseball diamond south of Shivvers Manufacturing. Perhaps this will help to keep the players’ heads out of the clouds and in the trenches, where all of the work is done, and where no game should be considered a given.
Assistant Coach Mike Mattly drills his kids for the new season, patiently explaining the difference between filling the A gap and the B gap on defense. Then more wind sprints. A humble beginning. Aug 15, 2014, 10:48
Breanna Fortune gets a high five from her mom, head coach Heather Fortune, after hitting a 2-run homer to deep centerfield. Photo by Jason Selby
Last Monday in Chariton, Wayne won their regional final against Mount Ayr, 14-2 in 3 innings, to advance to the state tournament for the 3rd time since 2010.
“The girls came in very focused, with only one thing on their mind, and that was to win big,” head coach Heather Fortune said. “When we lost the coin flip and drew visitors, our thought was to make sure we scored first. We hit the ball well, and following a couple errors in the first inning we settled down and played ball.”
The Lady Falcons romped thanks to a dominant offensive performance, a welcome return with the state tournament awaiting them. Wayne hit 3 homeruns and just missed a couple more. Jul 18, 2014, 10:55