WAYNESFIELD — The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers bounced back from a tough Week 7 loss to knock off the rival Upper Scioto Valley Rams 46-21 on Friday night in Waynesfield.
W-G used a strong defensive effort to improve to 5-3 overall and 4-0 in the Northwest Central Conference.
The Tigers defense was lead by sophomore Gabe Wilcox, who had two interceptions with 72 return yards and one touchdown.
“He is a special player and I am looking forward to watch him do some more spectacular things in the next two years,” W-G coach Gary Spencer said.
Waynesfield’s defense forced five turnovers total, causing two fumbles and three interceptions in the night. USV was 1-for-10 on third down conversions and 1-for-6 on fourth down conversions.
The Tigers shut out the Rams through the first two quarters and took a 28-0 lead going into the half. W-G’s defense forced three turnovers and two four-and-outs to set up two touchdowns in just the first half and three total for the game.
W-G’s defense held USV to 58 yards passing.
Waynesfield’s ground attack was lead by junior workhorse Gabe Hennon. Hennon had 18 carries for 204 yards and two touchdowns.
Helping share the load, sophomore running back Colton Miller had 23 attempts for 124 yards and two receptions for 54 yards and two touchdowns on the night.
The Tigers totaled 359 yards on the ground.
The Rams finally came out in the second half, scoring in a four-play, 1:15 drive to make the score 28-6. They followed that up with a 90 yard kick-off return for a touchdown by senior running back Brandon Overs.
Overs lead USV in rushing with 15 attempts for 131 yards and one touchdown. Overs had five kickoff returns for 178 yards.
The Rams’ only other score came halfway through the fourth quarter by Cole Crawford.
“We had a bad first two quarters. We need leadership,” USV coach Ryan Rose said. “We regrouped during halftime. Although we didn’t win the game, we dominated the second half. We need to start playing hard like that in the beginning and not wait until the last half.”
Waynesfield’s passing was lead by junior quarterback Garret Miller with five completions on 12 attempts for 93 yards and one touchdown. The Tigers offense had a total of 452 yards for the night and 4-for-4 on fourth-down conversions.
“We’re getting better,” Spencer said. “The offense seems to be chugging along. Overall we have a great team effort and everyone played hard tonight.”
Waynesfield dedicated the game to honor veterans of the community and the St. Marys Alpha Company of the Special Troops Battalion 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.