By: Coy Gobble | Towanda Daily Review | October 14, 2017
ATHENS — Zack Jayne scored on three separate three-yard rushes to lead Athens to their 27-0 win over Wyalusing on Friday evening. On his second touchdown rush, Athens' senior star broke his school's single season touchdown record of 22 touchdowns held by Ken Haggerty (1987). Jayne now sits at 24 touchdowns on the year.
"Jayne broke the single-season touchdown record tonight, beating a good friend of mine, Ken Haggerty," Athens coach Jack Young said. "(Zack) is a heck of a guy, and he'd be the first one to tell you he didn't do it alone. You have got to have leadership and our seniors have been doing a better and better job all year. People keep asking 'How are you doing? You guys have lost a couple times this year' and I keep on saying 'the kids keep on coming in and working hard and the seniors are leading the way.'"
On the first play from scrimmage, Wyalusing's Creighton Edsell sacked Athens quarterback Kaden Rude, forcing a fumble that Wyalusing would recover inside the Athens 20.
Wyalusing couldn't convert the golden opportunity, missing a 25-yard field goal after getting inside the 10.
Athens took the momentum and didn't look back.
The Wildcats fed the ball to Jayne time and time again, wearing out the Rams' defense and draining the clock on every drive.
Jayne finished off the Wildcats' 70-yard drive in answer to the missed field goal with a three-yard touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead.
The Wyalusing defense managed to stop Athens in other facets of the game, but didn't have an answer for Jayne, who finished his night with 37 carries for 202 yards and three touchdowns.
Athens scored on another three-yard run of Jayne's later in the second quarter, and managed to survive a Wyalusing two-minute offense that passed for significant yardage at the end of the first half.
In the second half, Wyalusing threatened a few times, but couldn't cross the goal line; Athens controlled the ball and clock for most of the game.
Jayne scored his third touchdown of the night on another three-yard run capping off a 60-yard drive after forcing a Wyalusing punt at the start of the second half.
The Rams threatened to get on the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter, but couldn't convert a fourth and goal and turned the ball over on downs.
Athens scored their final touchdown of the night on a quarterback sneak from Kaden Rude, with 30 seconds left in the game.
"I don't even know if we were at our best defensively tonight, but we showed a lot of character late in the first half when they were pushing the ball down the field and we hung in there and kept them in the end zone," Young continued. "We survived another good drive and got the job done. I don't think we were at our best tonight, but we got the win. Hats off to coach Clark, coach Raffin and the Wyalusing team. They were well-prepared tonight and a physically tough team. My hat's off to the whole team, it's tough to come into a new program and build it up like Clark has and he's done a great job."
Athens' Kaden Rude finished his night four of 10 passing for 17 yards and six carries for 34 yards and a touchdown, and fullback Nick Watkins had four rushes for seven yards and two catches for four yards.
For Wyalusing, quarterback Shane Fuhrey finished seven of 12 passing for 60 yards, one interception, and also had five carries for 31 yards. Collin Edsell had 11 carries for 45 yards and Jon Morrison caught three passes for 30 yards.
Athens takes on Canton at home next Friday and Wyalusing travels to Wellsboro.