The opening of the 2003 football season for the Wayne Warriors was to be one of greatness. With a top recruit in Marcus Freeman the Warriors are looked to be one of the top teams in Southwest Ohio.
Cincinnati Oak Hills came into the game looking for bigger and better things. With a team of seniors to lead the way, the Highlanders feel 2003 is the year they will find a way to the top.
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With a full house on the Wayne side and a nice turnout from the Highlanders fans, this game was like most games to start a season. Both teams saw mistakes early and worked to correct them.
Scoring early the Highlanders looked to have the Warriors off guard on D. In scoring the first touchdown of the game the Highlanders missed the extra point. The Warriors came right back and looked to junior SE Greg Orton. At 6'4 Orton gives any DB problems. On this night he did just that. In scoring the first TD for Wayne in 2003 Orton showed why he will become one of the top juniors in the state. By half time Orton had 91 yards in receptions.
At the half Wayne had a sizable lead in the offensive numbers, but the score was close. The Highlanders who ran the spread in the first half went to a power I formation from the start of the 3rd. quarter and never looked back.
In the Power I, QB Justin Ray showed great senior leadership and by handing off or keeping it himself plowed the Warrior defense into the ground. Along with running backs Ricky Cornellus, Brandon Besl and Ricky Holder proved more than the Warriors could hold.
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By keeping the ball for almost all of the 3rd and 4th quarter the Highlanders put the Warriors away and won a big game to start the 2003 season.
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Players of the game
Oak Hills: QB Justin Ray - RB Ricky Cornellus
Wayne: WR Greg Orton - DE David Day
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