"It was a great Wayne victory and effort. When you play a team that spreads you out all over the field and has guys that can score and you're able to tackle them in the open field, that says a little bit about our athleticism. And then if you can't throw it over our heads, there's not a whole lot left. That's a great football team we just beat.''
After RCB turned the ball over on downs on its first possession, Ferguson's 13-yard TD gave Wayne the lead for good at 6-0 with 2:32 left in the opening quarter. He faked a handoff, turning his back to the line of scrimmage, then whirled around and ran straight up the middle. Ferguson had 44 yards on three carries on the drive.
Pioneers junior tailback Kurt Arthur scored from 5 yards out as Wayne went ahead 12-0 with 6:24 remaining in the second period. Ferguson hit senior split end Zack Cassidy on a 43-yard pass to the RCB's 7-yard line to set up the score.
RCB forced a fumble right before halftime but went three and out as the first half ended.
RCB created several openings in the second half but couldn't take advantage.
Wayne punted on its opening possession of the third quarter, but the Eagles punted it right back. On the ensuing possession, RCB forced another Pioneer fumble but turned the ball over on downs.
Wayne finally finished off RCB on senior running back James Egnor's 36-yard scoring burst off left tackle to set the final score with 7:57 to go in the game.
"We hung in there,'' said RCB first-year coach Bruce Carey, "but we just couldn't put anything together. We couldn't sustain a drive.
"We just played defense the whole night to where they were wearing us down. [Spurlock] came through there a hundred times unblocked. I know when I look at the film I'm going to be sick.''
Carey returned to the sideline for the first time this season after stepping away for health reasons two years ago while the coach at Bridgeport.
"I really enjoyed it this year,'' he said. "It feels good. I think I'll stay for a while. These kids are fun.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.