The Wayne Falcons’ Clayton Kiefer. Photo courtesy of Schick Photography
On Sat., Nov. 22, 'The Des Moines Register' announced its annual all-state football team, and the Wayne Falcons’ Clayton Kiefer made Iowa’s first team at running back. All selections can be seen in the Nov. 23 edition of the newspaper, or on 'The Des Moines Register' website by clicking on the sports tab. In addition, 'Sports Spotlight' magazine named Kiefer first team on their all-state football list, according to editor Tork Mason.
Kiefer set the national record for touchdowns in an eight-man football game with 11 against Twin Cedars, and his 68 points that night placed him second all-time for a single game, for which he was featured in the Oct. 1 edition of 'The Des Moines Register.' Nov 24, 2014, 08:55
Clayton Kiefer slips out of a Moravia tackle during a 1,874 yard rushing season, with 47 total touchdowns and a national record 11 in one game. Also pictured is Kyle Andrews, 60, and Carson Kiefer, 3. Photo by Jason Selby
This fall’s Wayne football team accomplished a difficult feat, three straight years in the playoffs. But 2014 will be seen as the year of what might have been if not for injuries. It will also be remembered for a national record-breaking game, and the new Saling Athletic Complex and Epperly Field.
“After several years of hard work, time and effort, the dream of a new field and athletic complex finally became a reality,” head coach Bart Elliott said. “To be a part of the ceremony for Coach [Paul] Epperly was definitely a special moment for myself and for the team.” Nov 10, 2014, 13:28
Carson Kiefer deflects a pass at the goal line. Photo by Scott Schick
Wayne traveled north to face their second straight top ten team on the road, HLV of Victor, playing without its leading rusher Tanner Strudthoff. They suffered a disappointing loss to end the season, 60-30.
Things looked good for the Falcons to start the game. After Clayton Kiefer matched a season-best with a 72-yard touchdown run, brother Carson Kiefer intercepted a Dalton Kriegal pass on the goal line to stop a promising drive for the Warriors. Wayne marched down the field thanks in part to HLV’s only penalty of the night, a pass interference call on a long 3rd down, and Clayton Kiefer scored again from 4 yards out to push the Falcons to an 18-0 lead.
It looked as though Wayne would roll again—combined with a 36-point finish at Lamoni, the Falcons had seen their best football of the season, outscoring their top ten opponents a combined 54-0. Nov 3, 2014, 08:23
From left to right, Clayton Kiefer, Chey Homann and Tate Van Dyne team up to take down Lamoni running back Samuel Jordison. The Falcon defense held the Demons to 14 points in the second half. Photo by Scott Schick
Coming into their matchup with the 6th ranked and undefeated Demons in Lamoni, Wayne fans had seen a disorganized team hampered by injury. The defensive line struggled, as Draven Jellison, Tate Van Dyne and Kyle Andrews each missed at least one game throughout the season. Last Friday night, the Falcons saw what they could do with all three starters healthy.
For most of three quarters, Lamoni and Wayne exchanged touchdowns. With 7:32 to go in the 3rd quarter, standout Demon running back Colton Ranney rushed for an 11-yard score to push Lamoni to a 46-43 lead. It would be their last. On the ensuing kickoff, Clayton Kiefer returned the football 68 yards for a touchdown, to put the Falcons on top for good, 51-46.
That’s when Wayne’s defense, playing physical and as a team, stepped up to shut down Lamoni’s high-powered offense. Forcing the Demons into a long 4th down, Ridge Downard sacked Austin Tull. The defense continued their outstanding play, forcing the Demons into long 3rd and 4th downs, taking them out of the strength of their rushing game. Oct 27, 2014, 07:41
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