Wayne Trace’s Jake Gerber hauls in a pass in a game at Hicksville Friday night. The Raiders won the contest 22-7. (Times Bulletin/John Rindahl)
BY NICK JOHNSON
Times Bulletin Correspondent
HICKSVILLE - The Wayne Trace Raiders traveled to Hicksville High School to take on the Hicksville Aces Friday night in football. It was a rain-soaked four quarters of football that caused poor ball handling and sloppy footing for both teams.
The Raiders continued their winning streak on the season and ended their four game losing streak to Hicksville with a 22-7 win. Wayne Trace got the ball to start the first half, and after a big sack on first down, Colby Speice found Korbin Showalter over the middle for a 14-yard pass. Four plays later, Speice droped back again, this time his pass was picked by Hicksville defender Dean Conley.
On the Aces first drive, they got two small runs by Kaleb Jones for three and two yards. Two plays later, they were forced to punt the ball back to the Raiders.
After a flag forced the Raiders back five yards, they couldn't get a first down and Ryan Kortokrax punted and forced Hicksville deep in their own territory.
With the ball on the six-yard line, the Aces fumbled the ball in their end zone and it was recovered by the Raiders to score the game's first touchdown with 7:17. And Speice connected with Jake Gerber for the two-point conversion.
Hicksville went three-and-out on their next drive and forced the Raiders to do the same, but the Aces fumbled the punt and Wayne Trace recovered the ball.
The Raiders quickly attacked through the air with three passes. Speice connected with Jake Arend for 13-yards, Cade Harvey for 19-yards and Jared Sherry for a seven-yard touchdown pass. After a failed two-point conversion, it was 14-0 Raiders with 2:06 left in the first quarter.
Wayne Trace squibbed the next kickoff and it bounced off a Hicksville player and was recovered by the Raiders. Speice quickly found Arend for a 16-yard pass for the first down. The next Speice pass was was picked off again by Conley and he returned it to the Wayne Trace ten-yard line.
The Aces got the ball with first and goal to go but couldn't do anything with it, and after going four and out it was the end of the first quarter.
The Aces next drive was going pretty well until quarterback Conner Yoder got picked off by Jacob Dingus, Wayne Trace's corner.
After a three and out by the Raiders, Hicksville got the ball near midfield when quarterback Johnny Giesige fumbled the ball and the Wayne Trace recovered the fumble.
After the fumble, Wayne Trace went to the air again and it was just as successful as last time, when Speice connected on four of five passes, the final one being to Sherry for a 14-yard touchdown pass. The Raiders were successful on the two point try when Tyler Showalter ran the ball in the end zone to make the score 22-0 with 4:35 left in the second quarter.
Just like the previous drive, Giesige fumbled the quarterback/running back exchange and Wayne Trace recovered the fumble. After the Raiders turned the ball over on downs, Hicksville quarterback Giesige was picked off by Sherry to help bring the end to the second quarter.
The second half was a turnover plagued half as both teams commit multiple turnovers.
On Hicksville second drive, quarterback Yoder connected with Shane Bostic for a 13-yard touchdown pass and after Nick Hart kicked the extra point it was 22-7 Raiders with 7:25 left in the third quarter.
With Hicksville behind by 15, they were forced to go to the air, and Dingus had a field day, as he picked off three more passes from Hicksville quarterbacks.
With the win over Hicksville, Wayne Trace gets a good win in the Green Meadows Conference and brings their record to 6-1 on the season.
"Outstanding defense performance." Noted Wayne Trace coach Bill Speller. "Our defense played very well, they got a lot of speed and we really match up well with their speed. Jacob Dingus, getting four picks today, is our player of the game, along with our defensive line - they played a very good game tonight."