Dean leads pioneers to win over Winfield
WAYNE — After a rare Thursday night win, the Wayne Pioneers look to keep the ball rolling with a road trip north Friday night to Nitro.
On a night that 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 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 five yard line twice, but bad snaps in goal to go situations as well as two penalties 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, 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 FG 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 for a 34 yard pass to make it 14-3.
Jarrouj missed a second 30-yard field goal just before half. After John Covert cut the Wayne lead to 14-9, 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 final score. Covert and Cameron Brooks each ran for 132 yards in the loss for Winfield. Wayne had five ballcarriers with more than 20 yards in the win. Heading into Friday, Nitro (1-3) comes off a shutout loss against Chapmanville Regional 28-0. The Wildcats allowed the duo of Nick Collier and Chase Berry to combine for over 225 yards through the air and on the ground.
Chapmanville’s defense kept Nitro’s Tay Calloway, the Cardinal Conference’s top rusher, off the board. Calloway, a South Charleston transfer, had rushed for 613 yards on the season heading into the game.
Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Nitro High School.