STATE PLAYOFFS — Wayne wins first playoff game in 34 years
The Wayne High football team won their first playoff game since 1983, hanging on for a 30-28 win over Chadron in the first round of the Class C-1 State Football Championships Friday afternoon at Chadron High School.
Wayne drew first blood when Beau Bowers snuck over on fourth down for a one-yard score to give Wayne the early advantage.
Chadron tied the game with a score of their own later in the first period, but Juan Vergara scored twice in the second period on a pair of six-yard runs, and Bowers found Zane Jackson and Marcus Fertig on two-point conversion passes to give Wayne a 22-12 halftime advantage.
The Blue Devils extended their lead to 18 points in the third when Vergara ran around the right side, escaped two would-be tacklers and dove into the end zone for his third score of the night. Casey Koenig’s two-point conversion run would prove important, giving Wayne a 30-12 lead.
Chadron scored late in the third period to cut the deficit to 10, then scored again with 1:18 left to make it a two-point game, but Wayne would recover the onside kick and run out the clock to seal the win.
Vergara rushed for 180 yards on 25 carries and scored three touchdowns to help the Blue Devils get the win. Wayne’s defense picked off two passes to give Wayne it's first playoff win since a 13-10 win over Crete in 1983.
With the win, the 7-3 Blue Devils are guaranteed a home game in the quarterfinals next Friday, Nov. 2. They will play fourth-seeded Wahoo or at Wayne State College, with a 7 p.m. game time.