'We're gonna have to bust our butts': Wayne football loves when Pierce comes to town
WAYNE, Neb. -- The Wayne Blue Devils haven’t started out the season as they had hoped for but they are coming off a one-point victory.
The team is 1-3 on the season but their head coach, Hayden DeLano said the team keeps getting better each week.
“The scoreboard isn’t showing it quite yet but we’ve drastically got better each week,” DeLano said. “The boys know that. The staff knows that. We’ve improved a lot.”
DeLano was just hired in the offseason and put in a brand-new system. He said he knew there was going to be some growing pains this season.
“We’ve put in a new system," DeLano said. "New coaches. We’ve got I think maybe only three guys that have played meaningful varsity time on this roster.”
Before coming to Wayne, DeLano was at Cross County for five years. He talked about what he’s learned up until this point.
“The head coaching aspects is a lot of the same,” DeLano said. “Football is football. Just getting integrated in the community and getting to know the boys and trying to install a new system.”
This week, Wayne will clash with Pierce. The Bluejays are undefeated and have their eyes set on a state championship.
DeLano provided some things he knows his team will have to do if they have any chance of winning come Friday night.
“We’re going to have to be really sound on our alignment and our assignment,” DeLano said. “We can’t get lost.”
He said he also knows Nebraska commit, Ben Brahmer has been a problem for defenses all year so far. But he said it’s not just him that makes Pierce a juggernaut.
“Brahmer's a phenomenal athlete," DeLano said. "Great football player. What’s hidden in that is how many great football players surround him.”
A key player and leader for the Blue Devils, Bo Armstrong said he always loves when Pierce comes to town.
“Playing Pierce is awesome,” Armstrong said. “They’re a really good football team. Play them every year. I like it because it’s challenging. They put up a good fight and they’re physical.”
Armstrong said the team needs to bring unmatched energy come Friday.
“We’re gonna have to bust our butts,” Armstrong said. “Every down of the ball we’re gonna have to fire off. We’re gonna have to play as hard as we can about every snap.”