DAYTON, Ohio - When you think of big football rivalries, games like Ohio State vs. Michigan and Alabama vs. Auburn come to mind. In Dayton, the game that comes to mind is the Centerville Elks vs. the Wayne Warriors. On Friday night, Wayne (6-2, 2-1) kept their playoff hopes alive by defeating their rivals 26-10.
Centerville (5-3, 2-1) struggled to move the ball without their quarterback Jimmy Brooks, totaling just 160 yards of offense. The Elks jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on a 41-yard Andrew Gantz field goal that was set up by a muffed punt return.
In the second quarter, the Jesse Bray show began. Wayne quarterback Javon Harrison found Bray for 24-yard TD giving the Warriors a 6-3 lead.
Later in the quarter, the Warriors fumbled on their own 15-yard line, once again giving Centerville good field position. A few plays later, the Elks reclaimed the lead with a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Kyle Wenning, making the score 10-6.
Just before halftime, Wayne's special teams made up for the muffed return by blocking a Centerville punt. Harrison found the endzone on the next play with a 4-yard rushing touchdown, giving the Warriors a 13-10 halftime lead.
Bray opened the second half with a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown, extending the Wayne lead to 19-10.
Harrison and Bray would hook up again later in the quarter on a 31-yard touchdown pass, sealing a 26-10 Wayne victory. The Warriors finished with 354 yard of offense on the night. Harrison accounted for 124 yards and TD's through the air while adding 105 additional yards and another score on the ground. Trey McFadden tallied 103 yards on 17 rushing attempts and Bray finished with six catches for 77 yards in the win.
Next week, Wayne will look to keep their playoff aspirations alive as they host Fairmont. Centerville will try to bounce back when they travel to Beavercreek.