FORT DEFIANCE – Waynesboro came into its final regular-season game against Fort Defiance looking to solidify its playoff spot, and the Little Giants did just that with a 45-0 win over the Indians.
The Little Giants wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, with Steffan Thornton dashing 30 yards for paydirt on the second offensive play after DaJuan Moore came up with an early interception.
After a Fort punt, Waynesboro kept it on the ground and with a fumble recovery and scamper, Marendon Jones put the Giants up by 12.
Fort then put together a long drive to the Waynesboro 2-yard line, eating up over 10 minutes, only to turn it over on downs. Waynesboro needed only three plays before Steffan Thornton went left, saw nothing, and then cut all the way back across the field and then ran 93 yards to put the Giants up 18-0. Fort had trouble recovering from that score. After a quick three and out, Chris Baker launched it to Cody Dawson 46 yards to put Waynesboro up 25-0 heading into halftime.
Waynesboro picked right up where it left off, with a quick touchdown drive capped off by a Dominique Gray 5-yard run. After another defensive stand by Waynesboro, Chris Baker only needed five plays and ran it in himself from 38 yards to put the game out of reach midway through the third quarter. Fort did manage to drive the length of the field again in the fourth, but an errant throw by Fort’s Trenton Campbell landed in the hands of Waynesboro’s Cody Dawson who scampered 98 yards for the Giants’ last TD of the night.
Waynesboro Coach McDaniel praised his team’s defensive effort during the game, and noted how the momentum for the Giants headed into the playoffs is “huge.”
“It is real important to have momentum going,” McDaniel said. “The biggest thing also is being healthy. Momentum is critical and being injury-free is important.”
The Little Giants finishes their regular season 6-3 and will have week off to await their opponent in the playoffs. Fort slipped to 0-9 on the year.
18 7 14 6 — 45
0 0 0 0 — 0
8:30 W – Thornton 30-yd run – PAT miss 6-0
2:38 W – Jones 60-yd run – PAT miss 12-0
3:01 W – Thornton 93-yd run – PAT miss 18-0
0:41 W – Baker 46-yd pass to Dawson – PAT good 25-0
11:03 W – Gray 5-yd run – PAT good 32-0
7:39 W – Baker 38-yd run – PAT good 39-0
8:47 W – Dawson 98-yd INT return – PAT miss 45-0