HS FOOTBALL: Western Wayne Tops GAR
S. CANAAN TWP. — Western Wayne’s start was as good as it gets.
The 10th-ranked Wildcats (3-1) scored on all four possessions in the first quarter and cruised to a 42-7 win over GAR in a nonconference game Friday at the Sharkey Rossetti Sports Complex.
Kobe Sauter scored three of his four touchdowns in the opening quarter as Western Wayne built a 28-0 lead.
“I think the offensive line really came off the ball well in that first quarter,” Western Wayne coach Randy Wolff said. “And Kobe doesn’t need much. He’s a pretty shifty runner and he’s got pretty good speed to be able to get off-tackle.”
Sauter broke a 20-yard run on Western Wayne’ first play from scrimmage. After an incompletion, he then had a 19-yard run and capped the drive with a 22-yard touchdown run to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead.
“My line does a great job and my wide receivers too,” Sauter said. “Dylan Walck always comes up and right at the end there he had a block to ice the touchdown. It’s really easy on my part when everyone blocks perfectly.”
GAR (1-3) drove to Western Wayne’s 27 on its first drive but on fourth-and-5, Caleb Brumgard stepped in front of a pass along the left sideline and returned the interception 63 yards to the Grenadiers’ 15. Sauter’s second touchdown run came on the next play and the Wildcats led 14-0.
Western Wayne forced a punt on GAR’s next possession and took over at the Grenadiers’ 30. The Wildcats converted a fourth-and-2 on the drive when Zane Janiszewski gained four yards on the ground. Sauter capped the six-play drive with a 2-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 21-0. After forcing another punt, Matt Valanda hit Walck in stride down the right sideline for a touchdown. Walck hauled in the pass with one hand as the play covered 27 yards and gave the Wildcats a 28-0 lead with 1:00 left in the first quarter.
Janiszewski intercepted a pass on GAR’s next possession for the defense’s second turnover of the first quarter.
“(Starting fast) is great because it gives everyone confidence and it just keeps us motivated throughout the whole game and everything just flows really nicely for us,” Sauter said.
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