Pioneers go to the air to defeat Nitro, 48-12
The Pioneers used big plays in the passing game early to race to a 27-0 third quarter lead, then grounded out the rest en route to a 48-12 victory Friday over host Nitro at Underwood Field.
Gunner Harmon threw for 233 yards, his final completion coming one play into the second half. Tanner Owens caught two passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns, including an 87-yard catch and run.
The Pioneers finished with 220 yards rushing to balance out 453 yards of total offense.
Wayne (2-2) got off to a quick start. On the third play from scrimmage, Jon Chinn picked off a tipped pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead.
Nitro (1-4) then threatened twice, driving inside the Wayne 20 but coming up empty on back to back possessions.
The second time, Harmon connected with Owens on the second play of the ensuing drive, as the senior outran the Wildcat secondary on his way to an 87-yard scoring grab.
Isaac Dean added an 11-yard scoring grab on fourth down just before halftime, extending Wayne’s lead to 20-0.
The Pioneers dropped the hammer in the third quarter. Owens got behind the secondary in the first play of the second half, pulling in a Harmon pass and taking it 69-yards to the end zone, including a stiff arm at the 10.
Wayne then pounded away the rest of the night. Michael Bartram, Chinn and Ethan Bowens all had scoring runs.
Scott travels to Pioneer Field next Friday night.
WAYNE 14 6 22 648
NITRO 0 0 6 612
W -- Chinn 40 interception return (kick failed)
W -- T. Owens 87 pass from Harmon (Dean run)
W -- Dean 11 pass from Harmon (pass failed)
W -- T. Owens 69 pass from Harmon (T. Owens kick)
W -- Bartram 8 run (Nelson fumble recovery in end zone)
W -- Chinn 5 run (T. Owens kick)
N -- Vest 4 run (kick failed)
W -- Bowens 13 run (kick failed)
N -- Lowe 6 run (pass failed)
RUSHING: (W) Bartram 10-73, Adkins 7-65, Bowens 9-60, Chinn 2-16, Merritt 1-7, Dean 4-6, H. Owens 1-4, Stiltner 1-2, Maynard 1-0, Harmon 5-(minus-13); (N) Dyess 14-43, Vest 4-35, Bruer 4-33, Calloway 1-21, Lowe 9-18.
PASSING: (W) Harmon 8-10-0, 233 yards; (N) Lowe 11-20-2, 106 yards.
RECEIVING: (W) T. Owens 2-156, Dean 3-39, Adams 1-22, Bartram 2-16; (N) Poindexter 6-65, Hughes 1-16, Milem 1-15, Snyder 1-4, Sweat 1-3, Wines 1-3.