The Wayne County High School football team made the three hour drive over to Harlan County to face the Black Bears Friday night (September 14). The team made it well worth the ride as they came out and made a statement with a 40-12 win. Harlan County had a record of 0-3 coming into the game. The visiting Cardinals came into the game with a 2-2 record. Coming off a poor performance against a tough Boyle County squad, the team was seeking redemption.
The game got off to a sluggish start. Harlan received the opening kickoff and went three and out. The ensuing possession for the Cards ended abruptly with a turnover. Harlan capitalized on great field position, putting it in for six. Edge rusher, D’Angelo Dixson blocked the extra point.
The Cards answered Harlan County’s score with one of their own. Sophomore Quarterback Brody Weaver scampered for a touchdown from about 25 yards out. Steven “Kicker” Radilla put the PAT through. 7-6 Cards, full steam ahead.
A second quarter touchdown pass from Brody Weaver to Aubrey Weaver made the game 14-6. That would be all the scoring for the first half. The Cardinals came out in the second half ready to play. On the opening drive of the second half, it was Weaver to Weaver for a second touchdown. The extra point was off, leaving the score 20-6.
The Cardinal defense put a stop to Harlan’s next drive, and some tough running from Sophomores Braedon Sloan and Carson Simpson set up a Carson Simpson touchdown run. Radilla kicked the extra point through, 27-6.
As if two was not enough, Brody Weaver connected with brother Aubrey, for a third touchdown later in the third quarter. Run away train, 34-6, Cardinals rolling! DB Alex Phillips wanted in on the scoring action and got his wish as he scooped a fumble, returning it over 80 yards for six more points. The Black Bears mustered up one more score. The clock hit zero, and the Wayne County Cardinals prevailed once again, 40-12. Congrats to the football team!
Wayne County will now start district play. Friday, September 21 the Cards will host the Clay County Tigers at Jewell Field. Good luck and go Cards!
Quarterback Brody Weaver put the Cardinals on the scoreboard Friday night when he rushed for a 28 yard touchdown in the opening quarter of action at Harlan County Weaver aso completed 13 of 22 passes for 158 yards in the win.
WCHS Tackles Black Bears
Sophomore running back Braedon Sloan was back on the field for the Cardinals Friday night at Harlan County, where he rushed for 100 yards in the game.