Wayne turns tables on Chapmanville, 20-14
WAYNE — What a difference two halves can make.
After running just two plays from scrimmage in the first quarter, Wayne f lipped the script the remainder of the game in a come from behind, 20-14 victory Friday against Chapmanville at Pioneer Field.
Chapmanville ran just eight offensive plays in the second half, getting one first down after the break.
Meanwhile, Wayne churned out 63 offensive plays over the final three quarters in effectively playing keepaway.
Gunner Harmon’s leap over the pile on a quarterback sneak gave Wayne it’s first lead of the game with 9:05 left. The play capped a 98-yard TD drive that started when Tanner Owens intercepted a pass at the 2-yard line as Chapmanville attempted to extend a 14-12 lead.
Owens also hauled in a 35-yard pass on the game winning drive as the Pioneers seemed to make the big plays they needed in the second half.
Wayne (5-2), piled up 373 yards of offense while holding the Tigers to 127.
The game was a classic battle in the trenches. Each team scored second quarter touchdowns, with Chapmanville’s coming first in a Nick Collier 4-yard run. The score capped a 93-yard scoring drive.
Wayne answered when Aaron Adkins darted in from five yards out to tie the score headed to half.
Dillon Renninger picked off a Harmon pass on the third play of the second half, returning it 45 yards for a TD and a 14-6 lead.
Michael Bartram has the answer for Wayne with a 5-yard score to draw Wayne within two headed into the final quarter.
Bartram led the Pioneers with 92 yards on 14 carries. Wayne used eight ballcarriers to run for 274 yards on the night.
Chapmanville (4-3) has lost 15 straight to Wayne. The last three have been by a total of 10 points.
Renninger had two interceptions in the loss while Collier ran for 67 yards on 23 attempts.
Wayne will host Sissonville for Senior Night next Friday at Pioneer Field.