Wayne & Former Elmhurst Players Beat Harding 31-12

By John W. Davis

August 20, 2010 Updated Aug 20, 2010 at 10:46 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Coming together as one.

That was the rallying cry as former Elmhurst Trojans took the football field as Wayne Generals.

However, a big question before the season was team chemistry.

Wayne High School Head Football Coach Kyle Beauchamp said his entire team was handling the transition with class.

Meanwhile, more than 100 Wayne H.S. fans filled the stands to cheer on their newly improved squad on the road at Paul Harding High School.

On the field, players practiced for five weeks before Friday's night season opener.

Any notions of split factions have long evaporated in summer two-a-day practices.

Meanwhile, current Wayne High School students said they are anxiously awaiting their new classmates from Elmhurst High School.

"I played football for a while but I mean it didn't seem like it made a difference, everybody just welcomed them in. I don't know how it would be at school but hopefully it's the same," said Wayne High School Junior Keaston Jackson.

"I think it's going to be packed but I think we're all going to get along pretty good. We know a lot of people from Elmhurst so I think it will be good," said Wayne High School Senior Macie Martz.

"I'm very proud of the way they've handled it, the Elmhurst kids and the Wayne kids, they've done a great job of coming together and understanding that we have a unified goal and that's to win football games and do things the right way," said Wayne High School Head Football Coach Kyle Beauchamp.

Meanwhile, the game started off close but after several Harding turnovers, Wayne pulled ahead 17-6 at halftime.

The final score, Wayne 31, Harding 12.

Last year, Harding beat Wayne 26-21.

So the addition of a few good Elmhurst Trojans may have made the difference.

Classes begin at Wayne High School on Monday, August 23 at 7:30 a.m.

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