The Bulldogs got the revenge they wanted against Wayne on Friday night.
Minco dominated Wayne from the first kick-off until the final seconds in a 44-0 victory, led by an unstoppable rushing attack.
"We only passed the ball seven times in the game," said Minco Coach Clint Warren.
The Bulldogs of Wayne came into the game without their top offensive threat in running back Louden Johnson, who was recovering from an injury. Johnson gave Minco fits in their match last year as Wayne cruised to a 46-12 victory.
"That injury was a tough loss for them, but I am not going to take anything away from our kids," Warren said. "Johnson is a great player, but I don’t know if he would make a 44 point difference."
Minco senior Jacob Overton put on a show in the first half of the game. He scored three touchdowns in the half alone.
Minco received the ball to begin the game and constructed a time-consuming drive that led to a touchdown thanks to tough running. The Bulldogs collected four first downs, one of those by converting a 4th and 1 to keep the drive a alive.
Overton scored on a 12 yard run at the 7:08 mark of the first quarter to put the Bulldogs up 7-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Hunter Jones tried to line the ball down the field with a squib kick but the ball deflected off a Wayne player and Minco sophomore Emilio Hernandez jumped on the ball for the recovery to give the ball right back to Minco’s offense.
"That wasn’t a designed onside kick," Warren said. "It just hit one of their players and we got it back."
The Bulldogs took advantage of the turnover and started their next drive on Wayne’s 48 yard line. They put together another time-consuming scoring drive, again converting another 4th and 1 play that eventually led to a two-yard touchdown run by junior Ringo Garrett to put Minco up, 13-0.
Wayne’s offense finally took the field for the first time with 1:55 left in the first quarter. However, they wouldn’t be on the field long as they went four-and-out.
On Minco’s first play of their third possession, Overton took the snap as the quarterback and dodged several defenders on his way to a 78 yard touchdown run with four seconds left in the quarter. Minco then led 20-0.
Wayne’s offense would continue to sputter in the second quarter as the Bulldogs shut down the running game. Minco forced Wayne to punt the ball three times in the quarter and also forced a turnover on downs.
Overton scored his third touchdown of the game on a punt return with 3:03 left in the first half to give Minco a commanding 27-0 lead going into halftime.
Minco’s defense continued to dominated the line of scrimmage in the second half. They forced Wayne to punt the ball again and yet again the Bulldogs’ offense drove the field for a score.
The Bulldogs converted their third fourth down play on a 4th and 4 at Wayne’s 35 yard line at the 5:30 mark to keep the drive alive.
Senior Matt Atkison scored on a 17 yard run at the 3:48 mark to increase Minco’s lead to 34-0.
The game just got worse for Wayne.
On their next offensive possession they were once again forced to punt from their own 12 yard line with 20 seconds left in the third quarter. A high snap sailed over the punter and the ball landed in the end zone, leading to a safety to increase Minco’s lead to 36-0.
Minco sophomore quarterback Hunter Jones completed the only touchdown pass in the game to junior receiver Asher Baade on a 63 yard strike at the 11:53 mark of the fourth quarter.
"I told Asher before the game I was going to be part of his second career touchdown catch," Jones said. "So when I saw how wide open he was, I got really excited and just let it fly. He made a great adjustment and ran for the touchdown."
The score put Minco on top 44-0, which was the final score.
The victory was a complete turnaround from Minco’s season-opening game with Dibble, where they turned the ball over several times in an ugly 28-20 loss.
"We put in a new formation with Jacob at running back and Matt at full back and that really worked out for us," Jones said.
Coach Warren said he also switched some things around on the offensive line.
"We really worked on our blocking schemes and making sure that we could control the ball," said sophomore offensive lineman Ryan Oaks. "We talked about limiting turnovers and we also talked about being more physical and I believe that we were more physical in this game. We came into the game feeling pretty good about the work and time we put in during the week and we used what we went over to win."
The Bulldogs will next travel to Maysville on Friday.