The Warriors ran their way to a 35-21 victory against their GLIAC rival Tiffin on Sept. 24 at Tom Adams Field. Wayne State had previously lost its last two games against Tiffin, losing 31-7 in 2015, and 26-23 in 2014.
The story of the day was Wayne States ground game. Redshirt junior Romello Brown rushed for a whopping 284 yards with three touchdowns and junior Demetrius Stinson added 63 yards and two touchdowns. Brown now leads the GLIAC in rushing with 674 yards.
“We as a team are more focused, more experienced. We have our eyes on the prize,” said Stinson, who is tied for first in the GLIAC with six touchdowns.
Brown gave credit to the rest of his team for his amazing day.
“The linemen, the team, they drove me,” he said.
The Warriors got off to a quick start, completing their first drive using only three plays in less than two minutes. Stinson scored on an 11 yard run to put the Warriors on top 7-0.
After a touchdown drive by Tiffin, it was all Wayne State for the rest of the game. Again, the Warriors worked quickly, and in just under two minutes Stinson was running into the end zone again on a two yard run.
The Warriors scored on their first three drives before having to punt the ball away with three minutes left in the first quarter. At the end of the first quarter, Wayne State held a lead of 21-7.
“The way the game started for the offense, we were efficient and right on task,” said head coach Paul Winters. “We kind of lost our momentum in the second quarter and had to punt the ball away a few times.”
After a scoreless second quarter, the Warriors found the end zone again thanks to an interception by redshirt senior safety Jimmy Hendrix. Eight plays later, Romello Brown found the end zone to put Wayne State up 28-7.
Though the Warriors were once again dominant in their run game, their passing game lagged behind. Quarterback Donovan Zezula threw for nine completions on 16 attempts, but all of the Warriors touchdowns came on the ground and Zezula threw two interceptions.
“I think it was just an off day,” said Coach Winters. “And when you can run the ball like we did against that team, I’ll take that any day.”
Romello Brown put the finishing touches on Saturdays win with an impressive 66-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. This was the longest play of the game, and put the Warriors up 35-14. Tiffen would score once more, but it would not be enough to stop Romello Brown and the Warriors from easily wrapping up the 35-21 victory.
The Dragons fall to 2-2 on the season, and play next week against #5 Ashland, who beat Wayne State in week two, 36-25.
The Wayne State Warriors improve to 3-1, and play their annual homecoming game next week against the Hillsdale Chargers, who are also 3-1. Last year Wayne State lost in overtime to Hillsdale, 31-24.