Another pile of points. Another gaudy collection of statistics. Another big night for Javian Dayne.
The undefeated Waunakee football team ticked off all the checkmarks on Friday night, rolling to a 45-19 victory over Hartford to earn a berth in the WIAA Division 2 state semifinals.
The Warriors (12-0) gave up an early touchdown on a long pass, but coming back with 45 unanswered points to bury the Orioles (9-3).
Next up for coach Pat Rice’s Waunakee team is a semifinal meeting with Green Bay Southwest at Menasha High School's Calder Stadium. Game time is tentatively set for 7 p.m. Friday.
Dayne, the Warriors’ senior running back, led the charge, accumulating 214 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries to lead the Warriors (12-0) over the visiting Orioles (9-3).
The performance means that Dayne — who reported on Twitter that he has received a scholarship offer from Boston College — has gained 1,998 yards on 236 carries for the season (an 8.5-yard average) with 29 rushing touchdowns. Overall, Waunakee rushed for 249 yards to boost its average to 241 yards per game, and the Warriors lifted their per-game scoring averages to 51.3 points scored and 6.2 allowed per game.
However, it was Hartford that drew first blood, when Tristan Bradley connected with Jason Patterson for a 94-yard touchdown. But it was all Waunakee after that.
Warriors senior quarterback Nate Carter completed only seven passes, but those seven throws were good for 295 yards (an average of 42.1 yards per catch) with three touchdowns. He connected with seniors Riley Zuhde for a 76-yard TD and Logan Baier for a 70-yard score.
Hartford’s Bradley threw two more passing touchdowns in the fourth quarter and finished with 262 yards, with two interceptions.
The Waunakee defense held Hartford to 28 rushing yards.