Experience was too much for the Bexley football team to overcome in longtime area coach Mike Golden’s debut with the Lions.
Despite scoring on an early turnover, the Lions were stymied the remainder of the contest, a 42-7 victory by visiting Waynesville on Aug. 30 in the opener for both squads.
The veteran Spartans rolled up 474 total yards of offense, including 454 on the ground. The Lions were limited to 27 yards rushing and 65 total yards.
“It was an experienced team against a young team,” Golden said. “Their physical maturity had a big impact on the game. Once they realized they could establish the dive, they had us in a bad spot.”
Bexley took a 7-0 lead when Pat Beck scooped up a fumble with 9 minutes, 42 seconds left in the first quarter and raced 25 yards for a touchdown.
“They were running the option and had a bad pitch,” Beck said. “I was there in the right spot to pick it up and go.”
Waynesville coach Scott Jordan said he had to keep his team focused after the early miscue.
“We had to keep their heads in it,” Jordan said. “We did what we couldn’t do: We put the ball on the carpet. We knew they were a very opportunistic team. … We had to overcome that.”
The Spartans overcame that with long touchdown drives. Quarterback Jake Amburgy ended a 12-play drive lasting 3:42 with a 1-yard run and then added a 39-yard run to end an 80-yard drive. The second score gave Waynesville a 14-7 lead.
The backbreaker came late in the second quarter when Hunter Fillmore scored on a 1-yard run with 10 seconds left before halftime. The short run completed a 21-play drive of 78 yards that took more than six minutes off the clock.
“Our offensive line came up big for us,” Jordan said. “We had some big-boy drives.”
Waynesville controlled the game and the clock in the final two quarters. Bexley did not get a first down in the second half until backup quarterback Jonathan Spiess connected with Beck on a 12-yard pass with 3:50 to play during the running clock.
Jaymes Bowman led the Spartans with 137 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 16 carries, and Amburgy added 86 yards on 13 carries and also had a third rushing score.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final WAYNESVILLE 7 14 14 7 42 BEXLEY
7 0 0 0 7
B—Beck 25 fumble return (Powers kick)
W—Amburgy 1 run (St. Pierre kick)
W—Amburgy 39 run (St. Pierre kick)
W—Fillmore 1 run (St. Pierre kick)
W—Bowman 10 run (St. Pierre kick)
W—Bowman 32 run (St. Pierre kick)
W—Amburgy 2 run (St. Pierre kick)