PIERCE – Last year Wayne High was looking to snap a losing streak to the Pierce High football team but fell 28-26, this year WHS was ranked in the top 10 and fell short on the road.
Friday night’s kickoff of the Wayne at Pierce game was moved up to 5 p.m. due to the Huskers starting at 7 p.m., but still lasted close to 8 p.m.
Pierce dominated much of the ground game while Wayne used the passing attack to their advantage. Pierce would outscore Wayne in the second half, 30-6 and pick up the 50-34 win to improve to 3-3 (1-1 District) while the Blue Devils suffered their first loss of the season and are now 5-1 (1-1 District).
Wayne High was able to start with their offense on the field and capped off a 65-yard scoring drive when senior quarterback Beau Bowers rushed into the endzone from four yards out. Wayne High would convert the two-point conversion when Bowers ran in for the score to put Wayne up 8-0.
That would be the final score of the quarter, as both teams would score 20 points in the second quarter.
Pierce would tie the game on their second possession when senior running back Collin Tinker rushed in from 15-yards out. Two-point conversion was good by sophomore quarterback Dalton Freeman, tying the game for the only time in the first half at 8-8.
Wayne High answered back when Bowers hooked up with senior wideout Mason Lee on a 13-yard passing touchdown. Two-point conversion was good when Bowers found Lee to make the score 16-8.
Bowers also had a 56 yard passing touchdown to Lee and another 10 yard passing touchdown at the end of the half to senior wideout Ryan Jaixen. WHS wouldn’t convert the two-point conversions.
For Pierce in the second quarter, they saw another rushing touchdown from Collin Tinker (one-yard) and sophomore Brett Tinker added a 34-yard rushing touchdown. Pierce failed both their two-point conversion.
Score at the half found Wayne High leading Pierce 28-20.
It was back to a low-scoring third quarter when Pierce’s Brett Tinker added his second rushing touchdown from 24 yards out. Pierce tied the game when Collin Tinker ran in the two-point conversion, 28-28.
WHS would score on the next drive when Bowers scored from less than a yard out, but couldn’t convert the two-point conversion.
Following a turnover on downs from each team Wayne High only held a six-point lead in the fourth (34-28). The Bluejays would take full advantage and score on the three final possessions while Wayne punted twice.
Collin Tinker ran in for his third and fourth rushing touchdowns from 63 yards and one yard out while senior Ashton Wragge added a 29-yard rushing touchdown.
Pierce defeated Wayne High 50-34 and have won every meeting since the mid-1990’s.
Wayne High will next host West Point-Beemer as Pierce entertains O’Neill on Friday, October 6.