Still riding the state’s longest winning streak, Wayne Bulldogs’ remain undefeated for 2012 after clipping Elmore City, 42-20, last Friday night.
Louden Johnson opened the scoring with a 29 yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Sam Martin converted the point after attempt and Wayne was out to a 7-0 lead.
Elmore City responded with a touchdown but failed on the kick and trailed 7-6.
Wayne came back as Sam Martin found the end zone from a yard out. The kick failed and Wayne led 13-6.
Elmore City went back to work and down the field, scoring a touchdown. They failed on the extra point for a second consecutive time, givng Wayne a one point lead.
Once again Wayne moved the ball down the field and Martin duplicated his previous touchdown with a one yard sneak. Martin converted the point after and Wayne led 20-12.
Elmore City wasn’t finished with their first half scoring, taking the ball down the field for a touchdown and a two point conversion to tie the game at 20 going to half time.
“They’re a good team and defensively they knew our game plan. They came out and did a good job against us,” head coach Brandon Sharp said of his older brother Sammy’s defense.
“They made a few plays in the first half to be right there with us at the half.”
Sharp and his staff lit a fire under the Bulldogs at halftime as Wayne stormed out of the locker room for the second half.
Johnson scored from two yards out to give Wayne a 27-20 lead in the third quarter, a lead Wayne wouldn’t relinquish.
Martin found the end zone for a third time in the third quarter this time running it in from 24 yards out. Ryan Welch would convert the two point conversion attempt and Wayne led 35-20.
Martin capped the scoring for the night with a five yard fourth quarter plunge to seal the win for Wayne.
“I really thought Sam played extremely well,” Sharp said.
“They had a great game plan coming out in the first half and we struggled to move the ball like we usually do.”
Martin toted the rock 20 times for 140 yards and four touchdowns and finished 3-6 for 79 yards passing.
“Sam played great and ran the ball well. I thought our offensive line played decent. I didn’t feel like our offensive line played as well as they can but they did a good job,” Sharp said.
Sharp and his staff knew the game had swung in their favor during the second half when Wayne was able to move the ball on the ground.
“In the second half I really felt like our offensive line took over and we were able to run the football and do a lot of good things. We took control of the game with those two third quarter scores,” Sharp said.
“It took the wind out of their sails.”
Johnson had 105 yards rushing on 16 carries and two touchdowns top go along with one catch for 32 yards.
Welch rushed the ball 10 times for 35 yards and had two catches for 47 yards.
“In the first half we had some major busts defensively. We had guys out of position and they hit us with some big plays. They do a great job of running the football on their power plays and they were gashing us in the first half,” Sharp said.
“We were able to stay close with the game tied at the half. I felt like our defensive coaches made some great adjustments at the half and moved some guys around and it really started to give them fits.”
Elmore City only gained nine yards of total offense in the second half against Wayne’s stout defense.
“The overall attitude of our team was different in the second half. The first half we were playing tight and were worried about losing. We weren’t having fun playing football,” Sharp said.
“In the second half we were fired up and dominated and that was the difference in the game.”
Sharp was pleased once again with the play of Johnson defensively who had 10 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.
“Louden had his usual game for him. We talk about it every week,” Sharp said.
Sharp also mentioned the play of Daniel Puente at defensive back for Wayne. He had six tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a recovery which all came in the same sequence.
“Daniel was beat on a pass play but caught the guy forced the fumble and recovered it,” Sharp said.
“He also came up with a big play late in the game when he intercepted a pass and we were able to kneel it from there.”
David Davenport and Caleb Osborne each had six tackles for the Bulldogs.
“The first half they were doing whatever they wanted and we weren’t playing well. The second half we came out and dominated and that was the difference,” Sharp said.
“They’re going to win a lot of games. Fortunately they made some mistakes that helped us out and we were able to get out of there with a win.”
This week Wayne hosts Caddo at 7:30 p.m.
Caddo will base out of a 4-4 defensively but will shift to a ‘50’ front against the Bulldog rushing attack.
“They will bring linebackers from everywhere and will be in a man-three in the defensive backfield,” Sharp said.
Offensively the Bruins run the spread with a lot of motion according to the Wayne staff.
“They have a lot of motion and throw the ball. They will have some physical sets and will do some different things out of them,” Sharp said.
Head coach Brandon Sharp nominated Sam Martin as the Offensive Player of the Week. Martin toted the rock 20 times for 140 yards and four touchdowns and finished 3-6 for 79 yards passing.
Louden Johnson and Daniel Puente were nominated as Co-Defensive Players of the Week. Johnson had 10 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery while Puente had six tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a recovery which all came in the same sequence.
Caleb Osborne drew the nod as the Defensive Lineman of the Week after a six tackle performance.
There was no nominee for Offensive Lineman of the Week.