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Wayne wins rematch with Minco, advances to face Carnegie

BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@opubco.com Modified: November 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm •  Published: November 25, 2011
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— Josh Way carried the load once again for Wayne.

But at crucial times, Wayne's other ball carriers proved they can come up with big plays as well as Wayne beat Minco 47-40 Friday to advance to next weekend's Class A semifinals.

Way ran for 220 yards and three touchdowns as Wayne avenged its only loss of the regular season.

“Dude's a heck of a back,” Wayne junior quarterback Sam Martin said. “There's not many better than him in the state.”

The senior ran hard all night, none harder than a 15-yard touchdown run on fourth down with 1:28 left. The score all but put the game away.

“I actually do surprise myself every once in awhile still,” Way said. “I thought on that one I was done after three yards but I just kept going and all of a sudden I'm in the end zone.”

Minco came back to score with 31 seconds left, but the onside kick went out of bounds to seal the Wayne win.

Wayne (12-1) will play Carnegie next week at a neutral site to be determined. Minco's season ends 12-1.

In Week 2, Minco beat Wayne 29-20 at home.

“We didn't turn the ball over this time and we're in better shape than we were then,” sophomore Louden Johnson said. “We felt like we had a great chance to win coming in. We always think we can win. We feel like we're a state-championship caliber team.”

Wayne certainly looked the part Friday night, bouncing back from an early deficit to go up 19-7 early in the second.

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