Sports Writer

HAVILAND - The season came to an end for the Wayne Trace football team Friday night as the Raiders fell to visiting Hicksville 41-13 at Raider Field on Homecoming Night.

Seniors Max Laukhuf and Claire Sinn were honored as the Homecoming King and Queen, respectively, in a ceremony prior to Friday night’s game.

The two squads played to a 7-7 tie through two quarters before the Aces took control in the second half. Hicksville scored 21 straight third quarter points and went on to grab a 28-13 advantage entering the final period. The red and white then picked up 13 more points in the final period to set the final margin at 41-13.

The Aces finish with a record of 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the Green Meadows Conference.

Tied at 7-7 entering after two quarters, Hicksville’s defense set up the Aces offense with great field position by turning the Raiders over on downs at the Wayne Trace 31-yard line in the opening possession of the second half.

The Aces then needed only five plays to find the end zone.

Quarterback Jacob Miller wrapped up the drive with a 20-yard scamper for a touchdown to give Hicksville the lead. Travian Tunis then added the extra point to put the Aces on top 14-7 with 8:36 left in the third quarter.

After the red, white and blue went three and out on the ensuing possession, Hicksville answered with another score.

The Aces went 71 yards in five plays, capped by a 26-yard run from Mason Commisso that pushed the Hicksville lead to 21-7.

“It is kind of the story of the season for us,” commented Raider head coach Mike Speice. “We had some missed opportunities in the first half and then Hicksville made plays against us in the third quarter.”

Hicksville added one more score in the period.

Miller hooked up with Commisso on a 68-yard touchdown toss at the two-minute mark of the period to extend the Aces advantage to 28-7.

“We came out and played with more intensity I thought in the third quarter,” Aces Head Coach Lucas Smith stated. “We talked about doing a better job fundamentally at halftime and the guys came out and executed.”

Wayne Trace did cut the lead to 28-13 on a 17-yard scoring strike from quarterback Trevor Speice to Nathan Gerber. The touchdown pass completed an eight-play, 71-yard scoring drive.

However, the Aces scored twice in the fourth quarter to wrap up the win.

Miller scooted 37-yards for a score that put Hicksville in front 35-13 with 10:23 left in the contest.

Hicksville wrapped up the game’s scoring on a seven yard touchdown pass from Miller to Braden Langham to set the final margin at 41-13. The score was set up by a 47-yard pass from Miller to Brody Balser that moved the Aces to the two-yard line.

Wayne Trace struck first in the contest, stringing together an 11-play, 98-yard scoring drive late in the opening quarter.

Trevor Speice plunged in from one-yard out at the 1:24 mark to give the Raiders a 7-0 advantage.

The Aces knotted the contest at 7-7 in the second stanza, getting a 27-yard run from Commisso with 2:42 left in the first half.

Commisso finished with 80 yards on 13 carries while Miller added 71 yards on the ground over a dozen attempts. Miller also was 8 of 16 through the air for 243 yards.

Trevor Speice ran for 76 yards on 23 rushes to pace Wayne Trace while completing 13 of 33 passes for 150 yards.

Wayne Trace closes the season with a record of 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the Green Meadows Conference.

Senior football players closing out their Raider careers were Kameron Bevis, Drew Forrer, Nate Showalter, Nate Wilhelm, Reed Zartman, Alex Reinhart, Nate Gerber and Nate Shepherd.

“I want to say thank you to the seniors,” concluded Mike Speice. “They were great leaders and they led more by example than vocally. They were a great group of guys and I am going to miss them.”

Band members playing for the final time at halftime were Fred Hoagland, Richard Williams, Alexis Gibson, Sydney Coyne, Kelsey Guyton and Max Laukhuf. Cheerleaders taking part in their final football game were Ashlynn Parrish, Chloe Thompson and Kirsten Lewis.