Not many teams crave a game with Wayne - not the way the Pioneers are playing right now. But you might count Sissonville in that number.
The defending Class AA champion Pioneers (3-0) invade Joe Sawyer Field tonight in a matchup of top-10 teams with the host Indians (2-1). Kickoff is set for 7:30.
Wayne, ranked No. 3 in AA, opened a lot of eyes around the state last week with the ease in which it dispatched unbeaten Ravenswood on its home turf. The final score was a whopping 84-42, a game the Pioneers led 64-12 at halftime.
"They put it on Ravenswood,'' said Sissonville coach Eddie Smolder. "Wayne has a good team and a great program, and we have the utmost respect for them and their staff. They're first-class people and coaches. But on the same hand, we're not going to be intimidated or back down from anybody. We'll play our game, play hard and see what happens.''
Wayne has breezed through its first three games by scores of 58-12 (Chesapeake, Ohio), 46-7 (Herbert Hoover) and 84-42, meaning its first-string players have seen little or no time in the second halves. Leading rusher Brandon Spurlock (375 yards, three touchdowns) has just a single second-half carry this season.
Pioneers coach Tom Harmon doubts that his players have lost any of their hunger for success despite the easy start.
"If anybody knows anything about our coaches and our players,'' Harmon said, "it's that there's not a whole lot of arrogance there. Most people in that situation have had their tough spots and losses happen along the way. You take nothing for granted. You should feel pretty confident, but we do know that last week don't mean a whole lot for this week.''
Wayne blew past Sissonville 60-12 last year, pounding out 360 yards on the ground and also throwing a season-high three TD passes.
Harmon, however, sees a much-different Sissonville team lining up against him tonight - one that's turned the corner from previous years, when it posted records of 2-8, 0-10 and 3-7. The Indians enter the game ranked seventh in AA.