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. Sep 16, 2016, 14:31
Wayne defensive end Ryan McConahay grabs hold of Moravia quarterback Hunter Arbogast's jersey during the Falcons' 40-22 win on Sept. 2. Photo courtesy of Schick Photography
SCORING STREAKS BY BOTH TEAMS, POWER OUTAGE IN 2ND HALF MAKE WAYNE’S 40-22 VICTORY ONE TO REMEMBER
For the 2nd straight week, the officials stopped Wayne’s football game. This time, it was not lightning, but a power outage on Moravia’s field that halted play in the 2nd half.
The Falcons scored the first 3 touchdowns of the game on Fri., Sept. 2 on the road. But thanks to turnovers, penalties, early struggles on offense and a few big plays by the Mohawks, Moravia stormed back to take a 22-18 lead by halftime. Sep 8, 2016, 09:56
After returning an interception 27 yards, senior Nick Mattly caps the drive by sticking the football over the goalline for a 13-yard touchdown run. Troy Arnold, 44, watches as Tanner Archer tries to stop Mattly. Photo by Jason Selby
WAYNE GRINDS OUT WIN IN RAIN-SOAKED OPENER AGAINST SEYMOUR-MOULTON-UDELL
After the thunder ended, precipitating an hour-long delay, Wayne’s football team finished off a season-opening victory in the rain last Friday night. First game nerves combined with the elements made the Falcons’ 48-0 win over Seymour-Moulton-Udell as sloppy as expected.
The coaches know they have their work cut out for them as they enter the heart of the season early. Wayne plays on the road at Moravia and Lenox the next two weeks.
One strength from last season, defense, has definitely carried over to this fall’s squad. Led by senior Nick Mattly, the Falcons held the Warriors to 114 yards. Sep 1, 2016, 15:25
The 2016 Wayne Falcons snap footballs to their quarterbacks to start their 50th year. Photo by Jason Selby
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the first autumn, 1966, when student-athletes donned Wayne uniforms and marched onto the Corydon gridiron as Falcons. War was raging in Vietnam and Paul Epperly was an assistant coach.
Wayne won its first game at Russell on Sept. 9 of that year. Senior Mark Nessen led the team in tackles that night. Raymond Harvey, senior Alan Klinger, Louis Lash and senior Ken Lacey each scored touchdowns in the 33-0 win.
In the first Wayne home game at George Saling Field the next week, the Falcons beat Lamoni 7-0 behind a Grady Peck touchdown. Senior Ron Garton led the team with 14 tackles.
Head coach that first season was Dick Reeves, with Dick Shockey as the other assistant. Aug 22, 2016, 09:29
After hitting an RBI double in Wayne’s 8-3 win against Murray, Kyle Andrews rounds 3rd base to score on a hit by Hunter Clark. Photo by Jason Selby
WAYNE MOVES TO 6-6 BEHIND BALANCED OFFENSE
Wayne started a long stretch where they are scheduled to play 7 games in 6 days by beating Murray at home 8-3. They improved to 6-6 on the year.
Blake Moore got his 2nd win of the season, going 7 innings, allowing 1 earned run and striking out 5 Mustangs.
Junior Trevor Wilson led a balanced offensive attack with 2 hits including a triple, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.
Down the lineup, Keyton Nickel had 1 hit and 1 run. Brooks Jacobsen had 1 hit, 1 RBI, 1 run, 1 stolen base and 1 walk. Trent Moore had 1 hit, 1 RBI, 2 runs and 2 walks. Nick Mattly had 1 hit, 1 RBI, 1 run and 1 stolen base. Logan Kellis drove in 1 run. Kyle Andrews hit an RBI double and scored 1 run. Freshman catcher Hunter Clark led the team with 2 stolen bases, hitting an RBI double and drawing 1 walk. Jun 14, 2016, 12:31