WAYNE -- Friday night was Senior Night at Wayne High School. The 19 seniors on the Pioneers' football roster were all starters against Chapmanville in the final home game of the regular season.
At the start of the third period, those seniors who had helped stake the Pioneers to a 33-0 lead took the rest of the chilly night off. Juniors, sophomores and freshmen who will take part in future Senior Nights took center stage for the appreciative Wayne fans and finished off a 55-22 victory.
"Senior Night fires us up," said running back Garry Roland, a senior who rushed for 68 yards and two scores in the first 30 minutes. "We're ready to play. The atmosphere at home games is great, but this one is really special."
The fans hoping to see Roland break Wayne's season scoring record will have to wait until Friday when the Pioneers, 9-0 and No. 1 in Class AA, close out the regular season at Logan. Roland's point total stands at 154, which put him at No. 4 in the state, and the record holder is David Morrison, who racked up 156 in 1968.
"I was aware of it, but I'm not worried about it," Roland said. "I'll break it sometime."
"Garry Roland is the last person who cares about that," Wayne coach Tommy Harmon said. "The second to last who cares about it is me. If things take care of themselves, fine. He'll tell you he's had help along the way. It's been about team."
The first quarter gave an indication of what was to come. The Pioneers ran 10 plays, rolled up 139 yards and scored three times for a 20-0 advantage. Bub Hill started the onslaught with a 22-yard TD run and quarterback Nick Newell followed with scoring tosses of 34 and 36 yards to Dana Lycans, who was wide open each time.
Roland got his two scores in the second period on runs of 6 and 3 yards. Newell, a southpaw, connected on 5 of 6 passes for 99 yards in one half.
"The depth we have does make a difference," Roland said. "This night's important for everybody. It's the last home game of the regular season."
Sohomore Rodney Endicott had one of Wayne's second-half scores on an 8-yard run and freshman back Jason Thompson wrapped up the home side's scoring on 26-yard run with 1:07 left in the game.
Harmon said it was important for the Pioneers to take command at the outset. Chapmanville is 3-6.
"You get into a situation of a young team against a veteran team," he said. "You have to take care of business and do the right things early. We did that tonight."
While some Wayne fans might be looking ahead to the playoffs, Roland's focus is on Logan.
"It's business," he said. "We go week by week. I'm concentrating on Logan only."
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