The Junior Wildcats kicked-off their 2013 youth football season with an impressive effort against Honesdale.
Western Wayne's C-Team used a combination of hard-hitting defense and high-octane offense to post a 19-0 shutout of the Stingers.
This non-league contest was played Saturday at the HHS Athletic Complex.
Coach Chris Heenan's squad returns to Varden on Wednesday for a scrimmage against Lakeland. The Junior Wildcats then hit the road on Saturday for one last exhibition game versus the Monroe Saints.
Regular season Northern Area Jr. Football League action commences Saturday August 17 at West Side.
Western Wayne got off to a slow start offensively on a beautiful summer night in the Maple City.
The Junior Wildcats turned the ball over on their first two possessions before ratcheting up the pressure on both sides of the line.
Mike Kromko wreaked havoc defensively. The hard charging end recorded two tackles in the backfield, each of which snuffed out a Stinger drive.
After a scoreless opening stanza, Western Wayne unleashed a three-pronged offensive assault that led to a second quarter touchdown
Quarterback Parker Estock broke loose on a pair of key scrambles that pushed the 'Cats deep into Honesdale territory.
Fullback Luke Janiszewski converted on fourth down, rumbling down inside the 20 yardline.
Caden Brungard did the rest. Western Wayne's tailback took a hand-off, cut left at the line of scrimmage and sprinted 14 yards into the endzone.
Moments later, Estock rolled around left end untouched for the PAT. With 6:30 remaining in the first half, the Junior 'Cats had themselves a 7-0 lead.
Page 2 of 3 - Western Wayne's next defensive stand featured outstanding plays from two young gridders.
Kromko roared into the backfield and sacked Stinger quarterback Kage Southerton for a big loss.
Two plays later, DB Jaiden Rose broke up what might have been a big gainer by leaping high in the air to deflect a pass.
The 'Cats wasted no time at all converting those defensive heroics into additional points.
Estock unveiled Western Wayne's aerial assault as the first half wound down. Parker hooked up with Janiszewski on a perfectly-executed play-action pass that covered 22 yards to the Honesdale endzone.
This time the Stingers stuffed the PAT try, but the second quarter came to an end with the 'Cats enjoying a 13-0 lead.
Following a scoreless third period in which both team's defenses did some serious hitting, Western Wayne sealed the deal on a big win with one last TD.
Estock tried to hand the ball off, but what appeared to be a counter play was stuffed in the backfield.
So, Parker kept the ball and sprinted to the home sideline. From there, the speedy young quarterback rocketed untouched to a 47-yard touchdown.
Honesdale once again held on the PAT try, but the 'Cats had built up a comfortable advantage.
The Stingers played well down the stretch, but simply couldn't crack a stalwart Western Wayne defense.
Ezra Pearson, Andrew Tucker, Lance Peak and Southerton all earned big roars from the home crowd.
However, when the final gun sounded, Western Wayne walked off with a solid 19-0 victory.
Page 3 of 3 - Score by Quarters...
WW 0 13 0 6 - 19
WH 0 0 0 0 - 0