Wayne Trace defender deflects pass from the Hicksville quarterback. Wayne Trace finished their season 5-5 after two consective losses to close the season. (DHI Media/ Tina Eley)
Wayne Trace defender deflects pass from the Hicksville quarterback. Wayne Trace finished their season 5-5 after two consective losses to close the season. (DHI Media/ Tina Eley)
HICKSVILLE - Jacob Miller threw a perfect pass to Mason Commisso with one minute remaining in regulation to lift the Hicksville Aces to a 29-26 win over Wayne Trace in the high school football season finale Friday night in Defiance County.

Miller’s touchdown toss came on a fourth-and-ten for the Aces and hit Commisso in stride, sending Hicksville to the victory as the Aces finished 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the Green Meadows Conference.

Wayne Trace closes its season with a record of 5-5 in all games and 4-3 in the league but head coach Mike Speice was very pleased with the effort from his squad Friday night.

“That was a fun game to be a part of,” noted the Raider head coach. “It was back and forth and had excitement until the final buzzer and you can’t ask for more than that in a week ten game. It was just a fun game to be involved in and I am proud of the way our guys played and battled for 48 minutes.”

The Raiders had rallied for a 26-23 lead with 1:33 left in the contest when quarterback Trevor Speice hooked up with Mox Price for a four-yard scoring strike. Speice then connected with Korbin Slade on the two-point conversion to put Wayne Trace in front by three.

However, facing a huge fourth down situation, Miller then proceeded to connect with Commisso for the game-winner.

“He threw a perfect pass,” commented the Raider head coach of Miller’s throw. “Give them credit, they came out and executed there.”

“Wayne Trace played in man coverage all night and that is who they are,” stated Hicksville head coach Lucas Smith. “We hadn’t hurt them at all in that situation and we were fortunate to make a play there.”

The Aces led the most of the contest, striking first with 6:32 left in the opening stanza. Miller scampered in from 13-yards out to put Hicksville up 8-0 midway through the first quarter.

Wayne Trace then cut into the deficit with 1:32 remaining in the first half.

Sophomore signal caller Trevor Speice threw a bullet between Hicksville defenders that was snagged by Korbin Slade to get the Raiders within 8-6.

However, Hicksville answered with eight seconds left on the first half clock.

The Aces drove 62-yards in ten plays, taking 1:19 off of the clock, and capped the scoring drive on a five yard toss from Miller to Braden Langham for a 15-6 halftime advantage.

“We were able to answer scores and that is always big,” Smith noted. “Both teams played their hearts out tonight.”

Wayne Trace quickly cut into the deficit in the third quarter as the Raiders took the opening possession and 62-yards for a score. Trevor Speice teamed up with Evan Mohr on a 35-yard scoring strike to get the Raiders within 15-12.

Hicksville then responded on the ensuing drive.

The Aces put together a nine-play, 55-yard march to go back in front 23-12 after a three-yard run by Parker Thiel with 6:03 left in the third quarter.

Trevor Speice then trimmed the Raider deficit even further as he found Slade on a 28-yard touchdown toss to slice the Hicksville lead to 23-18 at the end of three frames.

Wayne Trace took its only lead of the game with 1:33 left as Speice found Mox Price for a four-yard touchdown toss.

“I couldn’t have asked for more out of these kids,” concluded Mike Speice. “They gave us everything they had and couldn’t have had a better game to be a part of. It didn’t work out the way we hoped but these kids have a lot to be proud of.”

Trevor Speice threw for 346 yards in the contest to lead the red, white and blue while Mox Price totaled ten receptions for 141 yards. Korbin Slade also added six catches for 63 yards and Evan Mohr posted five receptions for 89 yards.

Seniors wrapping up their careers in a Raider uniform included Korbin Slade, Evan Mohr, Haydn Gillett, Braden Zuber, Mox Price, Reece Thompson, Josiah Linder, Austin Smith, Grant Baumle, Caleb Yenser, Caden Bland, Brian Merritt and Matt Stouffer.