Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 10:40 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 12:06 AM
By: John Cummings - Contributing Writer
BEAVERCREEK — Coming off a rare home loss to Centerville, Wayne High School coach Jay Minton offered a challenge to his team.
But just a little one.
“We challenged them 10 percent,” Minton said after his squad improved to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference National East Division with a 42-14 win at Beavercreek Friday night. “Ninety percent is how you react and I think we reacted pretty good.”
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A week after committing six turnovers, the Warriors did not turn the ball over and scored all four times they touched the ball in the first half for a 28-7 lead.
“We had to get that under control and put the points up,” Minton said. “We knew we had to get ahead of them because we knew their offense wasn’t made for big plays.”
The big plays were on the side of the Warriors early and often.
After benefitting from a pass interference penalty on their opening drive for a 7-0 lead, the Warriors needed just one snap on their second drive.
Ohio State commit L’Christian Smith battled a Beavercreek defender, hauled in a Rashad McKee pass at the 10 and drug the defender the final five yards into the end zone for a 14-0 advantage with 2:43 remaining in the first quarter.
“We gave up big plays,” Beavercreek coach Nic Black said after his squad lost for the second straight week to fall to 5-2 and 1-1. “The whole operation for our defense was to minimize the big plays and we were giving up one and two play drives.
“And, we had some penalties that just weren’t smart.”
Beavercreek cashed in on its second journey to Wayne territory on a 44-yard run by Kaden Wenger to trim the deficit to 14-7, but Wayne caught another break to take a 21-7 lead midway through the second quarter.
Jake Maloney appeared to have wrestled a shared catch away from the Wayne receiver in the end zone for an interception, but the Beavers were flagged for roughing the passer. Two plays later, the Warriors were in the end zone again.
“That was a fabulous play,” Black said. “It would have taken seven points off the board and who knows what we would have done on offense, but it was a chance for us to stop their run.”
Beavercreek recovered the onside kick to begin the second half and cashed in when Sebastian Rendon made a diving catch in the end zone to cut the deficit to 28-14.
Wayne, however added a pair of scores for the final margin.
“We beat a 5-1 team,” Minton said. “There are a lot of points and that helps with our ability to solidify what we want to do. Week 11 is the number one goal at Wayne.”
The Beavers outgained Wayne 339-336 behind 137 yards by Wenger on 23 carries.
McKee was 6-for-7 for 161 yards and two scores for Wayne while Trace Kinnel finished with 110 yards on just seven carries.
The battle was better than 2016 when Wayne led 46-0 at the half en route to a 59-7 win.
“This was a significantly better performance,” Black said. “We laid down last year and let them steamroll over us.
“We didn’t lay down this time.”