Nicholas County coach Gene Morris liked the fight he saw in his Grizzlies (7-4), who won their first playoff game in school history last week at Ritchie County.
But like many coaches, including several from good teams, he was left walking away from a celebrating Wayne club without many answers.
"They're just a complete team," Morris said. "They can throw it, they can run it, and they do a lot of things well. You can't take anything away from them, they're just a good football team from top to bottom. They've got a lot of good athletes, they have good coaching, and all of those elements together make them a good program."
Brandon Spurlock eventually got into the touchdown act himself, opening up the second-half scoring with a 3-yard trot to paydirt.
Perhaps the only negatives Wayne could take away from Friday night were injuries to both Brandon Spurlock and Hodge in the third quarter.
Spurlock seemed to be headed for another long touchdown before pulling up lame and grabbing his hamstring. Meanwhile, Hodge went down clutching his leg before eventually hobbling off under his own power.
Harmon said he expected both to be OK for next week.
Ferguson completed 8 of 13 passes for 178 yards while Zack Cassidy had five catches for 63 yards. James Egnor added 86 yards on 10 carries for Wayne.
Wil Mayes ran 13 times for 60 yards to lead Nicholas County while Tyler Sagraves completed 6 of 18 passes for 31 yards with an interception.
Wayne will host No. 4 Robert C. Byrd next week in a semifinal game. The time and date will be determined Sunday.
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