Beavercreek pulled off the biggest upset thus far in high school football Friday with a 14-13 win over Wayne.
It had been at least 25 years since Creek had defeated Wayne.
Now 5-2 and in a four-way tie for second place in the Central Division of the Greater Western Ohio Conference at 1-1, Wayne was the No.1 team in the Dayton Daily News Division I ratings, was receiving votes in the state D-I poll and in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Creek came in 3-3, 0-1 in the GWOC.
“Signature win for the program and the biggest win in my nine years here,” Creek head coach Scott Clodfelter said. “We did what we usually do, just grind it out. Run the ball and run the clock.
“We caught a couple of breaks from their special teams, but we turned it over three times to give them scoring chances. But physically we kicked their butts, which a Beavercreek team hasn’t done in a long time.”
Creek rushed the ball 71 times for 247 yards and had the ball 33:06 to 14:54 for Wayne in a steady rain.
Wayne’s special teams blunders came on a second quarter extra-point try and a possible 32-yard winning field goal attempt with 2:13 left.
In each case the center snap was mishandled. Wayne kicker Collin Belcher tried to run on the PAT but was tackled with 2:52 left in the second quarter to give Wayne a 13-7 halftime lead.
Creek scored what proved to be the winning touchdown with 6:34 left in the third quarter on a 2-yard run by Airius Moore, his second TD of the night. Kyle Petering kicked both extra points. The winning drive covered 59 yards in 13 plays, all runs.
The Beavers stopped Wayne on three possessions to get the ball with 9:48 left. Moore, quarterback Michael Berry and tailback Alex Arias took turns running the ball and taking time off the clock.
Creek appeared headed for a touchdown but lost its third fumble on the Wayne 25 with 4:18 to go.
Passes of 25 and 28 yards from Javon Harrison to Devin Reed keyed a Wayne drive that put the ball at the Creek 22. The Warriors could gain only 8 yards in three plays.
So coach Jay Minton decided to let Belcher go for the field goal. As with the extra point, the placement of the ball was not true. Belcher got off a weak kick that fell short.