MAXWELL - Collins-Maxwell wasn’t able to overcome mother nature or the tough running of Wayne’s Chase Keifer in a 54-0 rain-shortened loss to the Falcons on homecoming night Friday in Maxwell.
The Spartans (0-7) finished with just 57 yards of total offense before the game was called at halftime due to lightning.
“The weather did not help us out,” Collins-Maxwell head football coach Cory Crnkovich said. “We came out and on our second drive had a 43-yard run that sparked us. Next play our quarterback was hurt. Injuries have been our problem the whole year. After that, we couldn’t get anything going.”
Mason Markley completed 3 of 9 passes for five yards before going down. Jordan Barrett had 42 yards rushing on just three carries, Caleb Fullerton ran for 14 yards and Brett Livesay made one catch for four yards.
Wayne compiled 267 yards. Keifer did most of the work as he ran for 211 yards and four touchdowns and also returned a punt 78 yards for a score.
“We could not break down and make tackles,” Crnkovich said. “The first touchdown they had (Keifer) broke four tackles (on his way) to the end zone.”
Crnkovich was proud of the effort of Fullerton on defense. Fullerton finished with 7.5 tackles.
“He was all over the place,” Crnkovich said. “(Fullerton) made plays on defense that he shouldn’t have to. He was taking on more than just his job on defense. That kid has a lot of heart, even though he doesn’t say a lot. He is a silent leader.”
Livesay added four tackles, Barrett and Cody Haugen two apiece and Michael Hartgers one for the Spartans.
Hunter Clark ran for 41 yards and made 5.5 tackles for Wayne. Blake Moore tacked on 5.5 tackles, two interceptions — including one returned for a touchdown — and a sack to help the Falcons improve to 3-4 on the season.
Collins-Maxwell goes back on the road this Friday. The Spartans face Audubon (7-0) and the game will start at 7 p.m. in Audubon.
Wayne 54, Collins-Maxwell 0
W 34 20 - 54
CM 0 0 - 0
Rushing: W - Chase Keifer 12-211, Hunter Clark 5-41, Blake Moore 2-14, Spencer Buban 1-1. CM - Jordan Barrett 3-42, Caleb Fullerton 6-14, Michael Hartgers 1-1, Kadin Bennett 3-0, Mason Markley 1-(-5).
Passing: CM - Markley 3-9-2-5.
Receiving: CM - Brett Livesay 2-4, Barrett 1-1.
Tackles: W - Clark 5.5, Moore 5.5, Hunter Cobb 3.5. CM - Fullerton 7.5, Livesay 4, Barrett 2, Cody Haugen 2, Hartgers 1, Cody Galbraith 0.5.
Sacks: W - Logan Smith 1.5, Moore 1, Spencer Buban 0.5.
Fumble recoveries: W - Keifer.
Interceptions: W - Moore 2.