Blue Devils debut with 16-0 loss to Wahoo

Wahoo made the most of Wayne miscues and managed to come away with a 16–0 win over the Blue Devils in the season opener for both teams Friday at Wayne State’s Memorial Stadium.

Three Blue Devil miscues led to points at Cunningham Field, starting with a bad punt snap on the opening drive that gave Wahoo the short field position and led to a 15-yard run by Zane Bennett to give the Warriors the 7-0 lead.

Wayne’s defense was outstanding in the game, as Wahoo had numerous chances to add to their lead, but were turned away each time by the Blue Devils, including a pair of missed field goals and drives that stalled inside the Wayne 20-yard line, to keep the score at 7-0 at the half.

Wahoo’s defense got in on the action in the second half, as Grant Kolterman intercepted a pass by Tyrus Eischeid and returned it for a touchdown in the third quarter. Early in the fourth, an errant snap in shotgun formation got away from Eischeid, and he was forced to down the ball in the end zone for a safety for the final points of the game.

Both team’s defenses were solid on opening night, as Wayne was only able to get into Wahoo territory on a couple of occasions. They got as close as the 10-yard line on the final drive of the night, as Tyler Gilliland took over for an injured Eischeid and got the Blue Devils close before the Wahoo defense shut down the effort and secured the shutout.

The Blue Devils, 0-1, will travel to O’Neill for a 7 p.m. game on Friday.

The Wayne Herald

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