The Wayne Bulldogs host the Bulldogs of Stratford Friday night at 7 p.m.

Homecoming festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Wayne is coming off a bye week after beginning their season with a week zero game.

“We had a good week of practice while getting healed up,” head coach Brandon Sharp said.

“We took advantage of the week to iron some things out.”

Wayne narrowly defeated Stratford last year, 20-19.

Sharp and Stratford head coach Michael Blackburn are no strangers and the Wayne skipper has said he does a good job with his program.

Stratford’s running back, Gus Smith, will be a handful for Wayne Friday night.

“They will feed him probably 30 times,” Sharp said.

According to Sharp, Stratford will line up in the power-I and run right at his team.

“They’ll use (Smith), who is an explosive back and grind it out,” he said.

“He’ll be the best we’ve seen so far and maybe the best of the year we’ll see.”

Stratford has other offensive options as well, including Luke Miller and Kelston Woodell in the backfield, along with quarterback Payton Wood.

“Their running backs are all back and experienced,” Sharp said.

“They’re also big and physical up front. They are 2-0 this season and playing well.”

Defensively Sharp expects to see a 4-3 front from Stratford.

“They run a 4-3 or a 4-2 monster,” he said.

“They have really physical linebackers.”

After the bye week, Wayne is mostly healthy, Sharp confirmed.

“We’ll go into this game ready to get after it and pretty much 100 percent.”

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