Wahama whips Wildcats for 20th straight league win

Gary ClarkSpecial to OVP

September 22, 2012

WATERFORD, Ohio — Kane Roush scored four touchdowns while rushing for 246 yards in leading third ranked Wahama to its fifth consecutive win of the 2012 football season Friday night following a 64-35, Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division, win over host Waterford.

Roush paced a trio of White Falcon running backs who topped the 100 yard rushing mark for the second week in a row. Zach Wamsley scored a pair of touchdowns while running for 169 yards while quarterback Trenton Gibbs ran for one score and threw for another in addition to collecting 158 rushing yards on the night.

The two teams combined for 14 touchdowns and 995 yards in total offense during the nearly three hour affair. Wahama pounded the Wildcat defense for 576 yards on the ground and another 75 yards through the airways for a net total of 651 offensive yards in the win. Coach Ed Cromley’s White Falcons improved to 5-0 overall on the season while pushing its TVC Hocking Division record to 4-0 with Waterford falling to 1-4 overall and 1-3 inside league play.

Roush recorded scoring runs of 7, 36 and 55 yards in addition to returning a Wildcat kickoff 79 yards for another six points. The junior speedster also came through with three point after conversions.

Wamsley scored twice on the evening with a pair of long first period touchdown gallops. The punishing senior running back rambled 76 and 67 yards during a four minute span of the opening canto to help the White Falcons jump out to a quick 22-0 advantage.

Gibbs also enjoyed another successful evening by scoring twice on runs of 7 and 60 yards in addition to tossing a 13 yard TD pass to Wyatt Zuspan to begin the Falcons huge offensive showing. Gibbs added a two-point conversion run as well for the local eleven.

Waterford, although the Wildcats were never really in serious contention throughout the night, scored 35 points over the final 36 minutes and finished with 344 yards in total offense. Senior quarterback Brian Moore tallied three touchdowns and booted five consecutive extra point kicks for the Wildcats while totaling 120 rushing yards and another 98 yards passing. Hunter Munjas picked up 73 yards on the ground with Austin Lang netting 53 for Waterford.

WHS followed that opening score with a couple of long touchdown runs by Wamsley. The bruising running back raced 76 yards at the 9:07 mark before rambling 67 yards just four minutes later for anther Falcon touchdown. A failed pass attempt after the first Wamsley score was followed by a Gibbs to Roush connection for the successful PAT to make it 22-0 midway through the first quarter.

Waterford came back to make it 22-7 following a Munjas one yard run on fourth down with the beginning of the second stanza before Roush extended the White Falcons’ edge with a seven and a 36 yard scoring run. Gibbs connected with Colton Neal for one of the two point after conversion attempts to extend the Bend Area teams lead to 34-7.

A 10 yard run by Moore for Waterford would close the gap to 34-14 just before the half ended.

The second half was a see-saw affair with the two opponents trading touchdowns throughout the game’s final two quarters. A Trenton Gibbs seven yard run was followed by a Wildcat three yard burst by Munjas to begin the second half scoring. Back-to-back Roush runs extended the Falcons’ edge to 56-21 at the conclusion of the third stanza.

Waterford tallied two of the final three touchdowns in the fourth quarter with Moore scoring on runs of 10 and 11 yards surrounding a 60 yard run by Gibbs to make the final tally 64-35.

Wahama will put its 26 game regular season unbeaten string and 20 game TVC Hocking Division winning streak on the line next week when the Bend Area team welcomes neighboring Southern in the White Falcons 2012 homecoming contest. Waterford will try and bring an end to its current four game losing skid when the Wildcats visit TVC foe Trimble.