Wayne travels to Healdton Friday night for a key District game and their playoff hopes still very much alive.
“I hope our kids understand that to get where we want to be this is a game we have to have,” said Wayne head coach Brandon Sharp.
The Bulldogs (2-5) need to win out in order to reach the playoffs and have Healdton, Dibble and Wynnewood remaining on their schedule.
The Healdton Bulldogs (1-6) are coached by Taner Richardson.
They will lean on their size as an advantage, according to Sharp.
“They’re extremely big up front and they are physical,” he said. “They have a quarterback who can run and they’ll use him like we’ve used some of our quarterbacks in the past few years. If we don’t get things figured out he can have a heyday on us.”
Healdton runs both the 4-3 and 4-4 defensive front.
“They’re still big up front and their linebackers do a good job of scraping,” Sharp said. “The quarterback plays safety and does a good job filling the alley. We have to sustain blocks Friday. We’ll have to take care of business and not turn the ball over.”
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Wayne fell to Ringling last Thursday, 43-7.
“They were as advertised,” Sharp said. “They do things right and they don’t make mistakes.”
Ringling (7-0) is the No. 1 or No. 2 team in the state, depending on polls.
Kaleb Madden scored Wayne’s lone touchdown on an 11-yard reception from Jaxon Dill.
Dill was good on the point-after attempt.
He finished the day 10-14 for 96 yards and a touchdown, plus 14 yards rushing.
Madden had five catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.
“We’re still a young football team with inexperienced guys,” Sharp said. “We’ll keep getting guys experience.”
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