Wayne Trace senior Mox Price recieving a ball during their GMC match-up with Ayersville. (DHI Media/ Tina Eley)
Wayne Trace senior Mox Price recieving a ball during their GMC match-up with Ayersville. (DHI Media/ Tina Eley)
HAVILAND - Wayne Trace sent its fall sports seniors home with a victory on Senior Night at Raider Field as the Raiders rolled past visiting Ayersville 46-6 Friday night in Green Meadows Conference play.

The red, white and blue scored 36 first half points in cruising to the win and improving to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the league, staying one game behind conference leader Edgerton (7-0, 4-0). The Bulldogs coasted past Tinora 38-0 Friday night. Hicksville is also 3-1 in the conference and 4-3 overall after rallying past Fairview with less than two minutes to play for a 32-29 victory.

At Raider Field last night, Wayne Trace got on the scoreboard on its first drive of the contest.

Sophomore signal caller Trevor Speice found Mox Price on a 36-yard scoring strike to cap a 54-yard, ten -play drive that put the Raiders on top 8-0.

Wayne Trace never looked back.

Grant Baumle found the end zone on a 12-yard scamper on the Raiders’ next possession, putting Wayne Trace in front 16-0 with 1:35 left in the opening period.

“We got off to a good start tonight,” noted Raider head coach Mike Speice. “The offense was very efficient and defensively we were able to get some early stops. It was a good win for us but we have to clean some things up too.”

The Raiders expanded the lead on their next possession.

Trevor Speice connected with Evan Mohr for a 28-yard touchdown toss that expanded the margin to 22-0 with 9:38 left in the second quarter.

Ayersville picked up its lone score at the 6:33 mark of the period as Layne Froelich rumbled 20-yards for a score to bring the Pilots within 22-6.

After the Pilots’ score, Wayne Trace went back to work and scored twice more before halftime.

Trevor Speice plunged two yards for a score to push the Raider margin to 30-6 but the red, white and blue wasn’t done.

The Raider quarterback then hooked up with Mohr for the second time in the contest as the duo connected from 35-yards out to set the lead at 36-6 at the break.

“It was good to see us answer there after they scored,” commented the Raider mentor. “It was Senior Night and a lot of those guys contributed in one way or another tonight. It has been a good group of guys so it was a fun night for them.”

Wayne Trace added another score in the third quarter when Trevor Speice found Nate Gerber for a 25-yard touchdown pass with 3:48 left on the clock, widening the margin to 43-6.

The Raiders then closed out the game’s scoring when Haydn Gillett split the uprights on a 19-yard field goal at the 8:09 mark of the fourth quarter.

“We need to get better,” concluded Mike Speice after the game. “We have some very good teams yet on our schedule so we have a lot of work to do to get ready for them.”

Wayne Trace returns to action on Friday as the Raiders make the long trip to Henry County to battle Holgate. Ayersville is also on the road on Friday when the Pilots travel to county rival Fairview.