Countdown to Kickoff: Wayne looks to start new playoff run

Wayne missed out on the playoffs last year for the first time since 1998, something they hoped to change in 2016.

Wayne Football is in some unchartered territory. Or at least a place they haven't been in a long time as the Pioneers missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 1998.

Lineman Casey Bradshaw said, "It kind of made us all feel embarrassed on how we did last year. We didn't put forth all of the effort I think we could have."

"It was hard. Something that was different," said another senior Bradley Sharp. "Being from here you really aren't used to that."

5-5 is by no means a terrible season but when you have the expectations that Wayne does a .500 season is certainly disappointing.

However, it's also motivating to keep that from happening two years in a row.

"The expectation to do well is still here," said veteran head coach Tommy Harmon. "Our guys understand that and it's very disappointing when you don't reach your goals. Most years if you don't win a state championship you haven't reached your goals here at Wayne."

Tommy Harmon has some talent this year. Including do it all utility player Bradley Sharp who will do a little bit of everything for the Pioneers this year.

"Nothing I haven't done before.," said Sharp. "My role on offense will probably be 3 or 4 different positions. Defensively probably two or three."

Double-a was already tough but will be even more challenging this year as reclassification has made it that much more difficult.

Bradshaw added, "This year is going to be more challenging for everyone. The teams that are coming down from triple-a they're going to be really good but we're going to have to keep working hard to beat them."

"The number of teams that can win a state championship year in and year out sometimes is 10-12 teams," said Harmon. "The other two classifications can't say that. You have to be pretty good and it's highly competitive. If you get one you've earned it."

Wayne opens the season at rival Tolsia.

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