Wayne begins the District part of their schedule Friday at Elmore City with a 7 p.m. showdown with the rival Badgers.
The two schools have been evenly matched in recent years and the rivalry has developed into a testy relationship between the pair.
“They have had this game circled and we know and understand that,” Wayne head coach Brandon Sharp said.
“They want to beat Wayne and we’ll have to play really well to win.”
The Badgers are 0-3 to start the season, with losses to the OKC Patriots, Allen and Tishomingo.
“They are a lot better than their record shows,” Sharp said. “We’re going to have to come out and play our best game with the guys we have out. Other kids will have to step up.”
Elmore City lines up in a 4-3 on defense but will walk up players to the line of scrimmage to show a five-man front.
“They’re physical and fast and we understand it will be a tough game,” Sharp said. “We’ll have to be disciplined and not have bad penalties.”
Offensively, the Badgers will use multiple formations but the bottom line is they want to run the football.
“They have a talented quarterback and good backs,” Sharp said. “We understand it will be a tough game.”
Wayne was defeated 14-7 last Friday by the Ruf-Nex.
The Bulldog offense failed to get much going with the ball and were hampered by untimely penalties and missed opportunities.
“We had our chances,” Sharp said. “We had the ball inside the 10 yard line twice and didn’t score. Holding penalties killed drives.”
Kaleb Madden scored Wayne’s only touchdown, an 80-yard punt return in the second quarter.
Adolfo Vasquez put the cap on it with the extra point.
The Wayne defense did their part, only allowing 156 yards rushing on 38 carries.
Vasquez had 11 tackles to lead the team.
The Wayne D had several takeaways to keep Crooked Oak in check.
Eli Hobson had nine tackles and a fumble recovery.
Lane Jones caused a fumble and recovered a fumble.
Jaxon Dill had an interception.
Wayne is 1-2 this season.
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