WAYNE, W.Va. -- Any notion that No. 2-rated Sissonville might threaten to end two-time defending Class AA state champion Wayne's 26-game winning streak quickly went by the wayside in the second quarter.
Thirty-one point outbursts tend to have that effect.
The No. 4 Pioneers scored in every facet of the game in the 12-minute span to extend a 7-0 lead to 38-0 at halftime, and won 58-19.
The scoring eruption started when Mason Hodge scored on a 37-yard run to cap a two-play drive. Hodge accounted for every yard on the possession, in which the Pioneers were the beneficiaries of good field position after returning a punt to the Sissonville 44. The score was Hodge's second of four on the night. He tallied 154 yards on just 11 carries.
Wayne's special teams accounted for the next score, as Cody Stiltner returned a punt 65 yards to push the lead to 21-0.
Three minutes later, Hodge picked up his third score, and the Pioneer defense got in on the action at the three-minute mark of the first half when Chandler Fry scooped up a Sissonville fumble and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown to extend the lead to 35-0. Drew Stamper capped off the onslaught with a 37-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. For Sissonville, the damage had been done.
"I told our guys the team that made the least mistakes would win. We just made too many mistakes," Sissonville coach Eddie Smolder said. "We played a little nervous, and we weren't quite clicking, but credit Wayne. They made plays."
Not only did the Pioneers make plays during that 12-minute stretch, but they made unusual plays that have become commonplace at Pioneer Field over the last two years.
"When players make out-of-the-ordinary plays, good things happen," Wayne coach Tom Harmon said. "Some of the those weren't typical Wayne-type plays but they can get you out of a tight bind."
Although the game was well out of reach, the Indians were able to account for 19 second-half points. For Smolder, the fight his team put forth for 48 minutes is a silver lining in an otherwise disappointing setback.
"There's no quit in this team," Smolder said. "They have a lot of heart."
Dominic Walker became the first back to account for over 100 yards against the Wayne defense this year, finishing with an even 100 yards on 18 carries. Wayne featured two players that topped the century mark. Quarterback Grant Ferguson joined Hodge in accomplishing this feat, finishing with 141 yards on only nine carries.