Raiders finish winning season
Saturday, October 31, 2009 12:00 AM
BY KEVIN WANNEMACHER
Times Bulletin photo
A Wayne Trace defender brings down a Holgate ballcarrier during a football game on Friday, October 30, in Haviland.
Times Bulletin Staff
HAVILAND - On a soggy, dreary, windy night at Raider Field, Wayne Trace put together just enough offense and sent 11 seniors out on a winning note after a 20-6 victory over Holgate Friday night.
The Raiders, who wrap up a 6-4 season, clinch the program's first winning season in three years with the win. Wayne Trace ended 3-4 in Green Meadows Conference action.
Sophomore running back Dylan Horner paced the Raider offense, recording 157 rushing yards on 19 carries to pace the red, white and blue.
Horner started the scoring on Wayne Trace's second possession. Taking over at the Raider 27, Horner ran for 47 yards to move the red, white and blue to the Tiger 26.
After Baksa rushed for three yards, Horner followed with a 12-yard gain and a five yard-gain to move to the Holgate six.
The sophomore then plunged six-yards for the touchdown, giving Wayne Trace a 7-0 lead with 3:43 remaining in the opening stanza.
Holgate would tie the contest midway through the second stanza.
The Tigers took over at the Wayne Trace 43-yard line and took advantage of the short field.
After an incomplete pass on first down, Ross Clady ran for six yards before Josiah Buttermore picked up nine yards on a pair of runs to move Holgate to the 28.
Clady picked up three yards on the next two plays before Buttermore broke free for a 25-yard touchdown run at the 6:36 mark of the stanza.
Wayne Trace answered quickly. The Raiders marched 64-yards in five plays, thanks in part to a personal foul penalty on the Tigers, to widen the margin.
Senior quarterback, in his final game in a Wayne Trace uniform, ran 15-yards for the touchdown and a 13-6 Raider advantage.
The local squad would score one more time just before the intermission.
Taking advantage of a short punt, the Raiders started at the Tiger 49 and needed only four plays to find the end zone.
Horner ran for 31 yards on first down before Baksa hooked up with Justin Holbrooks for a 16-yard gain. After Horner was stopped for no gain, Baksa tossed his 11th touchdown pass of the season to Horner to give Wayne Trace a 20-6 lead.
Neither team put together much offense in the second half. Wayne Trace gained only 37 yards on 20 second half plays while Holgate picked up 46 yards on 24 plays. Meanwhile, the Raiders were penalized 81 yards in the second half.
Buttermore finished the night with 112 yards rushing on 23 carries for Holgate, which ends the year 1-9 overall and 1-6 in the Green Meadows Conference. The senior running back unofficially ended the season at 843 rushing yards on 145 carries for Holgate.
Horner wraps up his season with 919 yards on the ground on 171 attempts. Baksa closes the season completing 90 of 180 passes for 1,282 yards.