DAYTON -- The Huber Heights Wayne High School football team ended Hilliard Davidson's hopes of a second consecutive Division I state title, defeating the Wildcats 28-14 on Saturday night at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.

DAYTON -- The Huber Heights Wayne High School football team ended Hilliard Davidson's hopes of a second consecutive Division I state title, defeating the Wildcats 28-14 on Saturday night at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.

Led by highly touted quarterback Braxton Miller, the Warriors (11-3) will play Lakewood St. Edward for the championship at 7 p.m. next Saturday at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.

Miller, who has verbally committed to play at Ohio State, completed 12 of 16 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns against the Wildcats, who finished the season 13-1.

Miller completed all nine of his first-half passes for 107 yards and two scores as Wayne jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.

"Obviously, Miller is a difference maker, but you would be selling all the kids on that team short if you said it was just Braxton Miller," Davidson coach Brian White said.

Senior running back Anthone Taylor complemented Miller, rushing for 182 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. He had 156 yards in the first half and scored on a 13-yard run on the game's first possession.

Davidson was held in check for most of the first half, finishing with just three first downs and 97 yards.

"It was huge," Wayne coach Jay Minton said of his team's early lead. "You have to get ahead of a team like that and you have to take them out of their ball control, what they're comfortable doing, what they've had so much success doing."

Trailing 21-0, Davidson got on the scoreboard on Jimmy Curtis' 11-yard touchdown run with 1:23 remaining in the half. Curtis' 46-yard screen pass to Keith Heitzman set up the score.

Wayne, however, quickly responded as Miller hit Marcus Bonner on a slant for an 18-yard touchdown and a 28-7 lead with 7 seconds remaining in the half.

"They played ball control in the first half and we couldn't get them off the field," White said. "We had way too many fourth-down opportunities that we didn't convert and we allowed them too many fourth-down conversions that they did convert. It wasn't our night."

The Wildcats attempted a comeback in the second half, closing to 28-14 on Alex Mickley's 1-yard plunge with 5:18 left in the third quarter. Tyler Talbott's 84-yard run to the Wayne 8 set up the score.

The Wildcats had three other chances to pull closer, but they lost the ball on downs twice and were forced to punt on the other opportunity.

Davidson's defense played better in the second half, shutting out the Warriors and giving the offense a chance to rally.

Wayne's possessions in the second half included four punts and losing the ball on downs once.

Talbott finished with 88 yards on three carries, and Mickley had 54 yards on 18 attempts.

"We hurt ourselves," Curtis said. "Penalties and not doing our responsibilities all across the board, it hurt us, obviously. We were down 21 points. It's hard to come back from that. We fought and our defense played great in the second half. It just wasn't enough."


WAYNE 7 21 0 0 -- 28

DAVIDSON 0 7 7 0 -- 14

W--Taylor 13 run (Newsome kick)

W--Miller 3 run (Newsome kick)

W--Morgan 14 pass from Miller (Newsome kick)

HD--Curtis 11 run (Detmer kick)

W--Bonner 18 pass from Miller (Newsome kick)

HD--Mickley 1 run (Detmer kick)