Wayne clinched the No. 2 spot in Class A’s District 7 Friday night with a 57-24 win over the Konawa Tigers.
They again relied on their powerful offensive line, as well as the legs of Ethan Mullins, to dominate the game.
“Our offensive line is playing as well as a unit as any that I can remember,” said Wayne Head Coach Brandon Sharp. “Ethan is playing extremely well too.”
Wayne amassed 503 rushing yards on 48 attempts.
Mullins alone had 350 yards on 28 carries, with only one attempt past the third quarter. He ran for six touchdowns in the win.
“We started out slow with a sloppy first quarter,” Sharp said. “In the second quarter the offensive line took over and Ethan started doing his thing.”
Mullins’ first touchdown came on a 50-yard run. He also converted three two-point conversions.
Brannon Lewelling went over the century mark on the ground, rushing for 108 yards on 15 carries and scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Wayne did most of their run-game damage against the Tigers between the tackles.
“We were hitting on our power and iso plays and were keeping them off balance with the jet sweep,” Sharp said. “We were blocking well. Our line was re-establishing the line of scrimmage and doing it three yards down field.”
Flying to the football
Wayne’s defense was equally dominant against the Tigers, whose offense has been solid most of the season.
Wayne held Konawa to eight points through the first three quarters, holding them scoreless in the first half.
Wayne applied heavy pressure to Konawa quarterback Silas Isaacs and sacked him seven times.
Lewelling had two of those sacks to go along with a fumble recovery. He had 12 tackles on the night.
Connor Crawford had 10 tackles and two sacks and caused a fumble.
Mullins registered six tackles, a sack and intercepted a pass.
Senior safety James Spencer had seven tackles and a sack.
“To hold them to eight points was a really good job by the defense,” Sharp said. “We let them get a couple touchdowns in the fourth quarter that we’d rather them not get and we weren’t as dialed in as we were early in the game, but they do have a good offense.”
This is the second week in a row Wayne has harassed an opposing quarterback, as they did last week against Liberty.
Wayne has tallied nearly 20 sacks in the last two games.
Along the defensive line Maddox Mantooth had seven tackles, Bryar Norman had six tackles and Andy Lee had a tackle and a sack.
“It’s two weeks in a row of us getting after the quarterback,” Sharp said. “They’ve had great effort and it’s showing up with the turnovers and rushing the quarterback. They’re flying around.”
Wayne held the Tigers to 155 yards rushing and 117 yards through the air – with most of the yards allowed in the second half.
“We were playing for a home field playoff game and our kids showed up and did what they had to do,” Sharp said. “I’m proud of our kids.”
Wayne hosts Allen Friday night in their final District game of the season.
Allen is 3-6 on the season, 1-5 in District play.
“They’ve been beat up a little with injuries,” Sharp said. “We figure they’ll have most of their guys back this week.”
Allen runs a spread offense and are big front up front.
“It may be the biggest line we’ve faced this season,” Sharp said. “They’ll hit you with a bunch of formations and add in some quarterback run stuff too.”
Defensively Allen runs a 4-4 scheme and have an active linebacker group behind the big defensive line.
“We need to be dialed in,” Sharp said.
Wayne Head Coach Brandon Sharp nominated Ethan Mullins for Heart of Oklahoma Offensive Player of the Week. Mullins ran for 350 yards despite getting only one carry in the fourth quarter.
The Offensive Lineman of the Week nominee was Andy Lee. Lee graded out at 92%.
Sharp nominated Brannon Lewelling and Connor Crawford for Defensive Player of the Week.
Maddox Mantooth got the nod for Defensive Lineman of the Week Nominee for his seven tackles.
Wayne’s senior night will be Friday night starting at 6:30. Kickoff will follow at 7 p.m.
Wayne is 5-3 this season.
Their probable opponent next week in the first round of the playoffs is Savanna.