Dean a triple scoring threat in Wayne win
WAYNE — In a Thursday night game when Wayne and Winfield were statistically even, it was the Pioneers who took the most advantage of their opportunities.
Isaac Dean scored three touchdowns in three different ways, as Wayne pulled away for a 28-9 high school football victory over the visiting Generals at muggy Pioneer Field.
Wayne outgained Winfield, 255-253 on the night, but the difference was the second quarter.
The Generals (1-3) drove to the Wayne 5-yard line twice, but bad snaps in goal to go situations as well as two penalties that helped force two field goal attempts that netted 3 points.
Meanwhile, Wayne (1-2) scored touchdowns on two of its three first half trips into Winfield territory.
After a scoreless first quarter, Isaac Dean took a screen pass from Gunner Harmon down the left sideline 43 yards to open the scoring with 8:48 to go in the first half.
Winfield answered with a 30-yard field goal by Kadin Jarrouj to cut the deficit to 7-3, but Wayne drove immediately down the field, scoring when Harmon found Tanner Owens open down the right seam with a 34-yard touchdown pass that made it 14-3. Jarrouj missed a second 30-yard field goal just before half.
John Covert’s 1-yard scoring run cut the Wayne lead to 14-9 before the Pioneers made two big special teams plays. On fourth down at the Winfield 42, Jon Chinn executed a pooch punt that downed the Generals at their own 9-yard line.
Wayne forced a 3-and-out, then Dean returned the ensuing punt 55 yards for another score and a 20-9 lead.
The Pioneers put the game away with a 17-play, 89-yard scoring march that took up much of the final quarter. Dean capped the scoring on a sweep from two yards out on fourth down, setting the score.
Covert and Cameron Brooks each ran for 132 yards for Winfield.
Wayne had five ball carriers with more than 20 yards in the win.