It was Wayne, the #8 seed, who played and looked like the #1 seed in their road victory over previously unbeaten Middletown (10-1) in round one of the playoffs at Barnitz Stadium. That unblemished marked landed the Middies the top seed and home field advantage. It would be to no avail on Saturday night.
The Warriors were guided by the savvy leadership of quarterback Braxton Miller, the legs of running back Anthone Taylor, and an experienced defense whose aggressiveness created opportunities. They capitalized on a Middletown squad who showed its youth was not on the same level as Wayne's veteran play.
Taylor had a huge second half, scoring a touchdown on a 19-yard run and racking up 153 yards on the evening. Miller threw a touchdown to Jordan Morgan for the Warriors' final score.
--Postgame Interview: Jay Minton, Wayne
--Postgame Interview: Braxton Miller, Wayne
--Postgame Interview: Anthone Taylor, Wayne
The Wayne defense pitched their first shutout of the year against a Middies a team that came into the game averaging 44 points per contest. It marked the fifth time in the last nine games that the Wayne has allowed seven points or fewer. Middletown could only muster 39 yards rushing and 71 passing on the night.
The Warriors get a rematch next Saturday night with Centerville (8-3) who they shellacked 34-10 in Week 8.