Gary ClarkSpecial to OVP
October 26, 2012
HEMLOCK, Ohio — As was expected second ranked Wahama experienced little trouble with host Miller Friday evening as Kane Roush scored four touchdowns while running for 129 yards in only six carries to lead the Bend Area team to a convincing 71-19 road win over the Falcons.
Following a bye week during its 2012 fall schedule the White Falcons returned to action and never missed a beat in its Tri Valley Conference, Hocking Division win against Miller. Crandal Neal and Zach Wamsley joined Roush in the offensive assault with Neal tallying three touchdowns and topping the 100 yard mark with 109 yards in nine touches and Wamsley adding a trio of scores and five point after kicks in the one-sided victory.
The Mason County team raced to a huge 59-12 halftime edge before coasting in the final two quarters to conclude the conference portion of its season with a perfect 8-0 record. The TVC win locks up the Falcons’ third consecutive Hocking Division title and was the Bend Area team’s 24 successive league win since joining the TVC three years ago.
Overall the second rated White Falcons improved to 9-0 on the fall campaign while extending its unbeaten regular season winning string to 30 straight games. Miller concluded its 2012 football season at 1-9 overall and 1-7 inside the TVC.
WHS exploded for 33 points in the opening 12 minutes before adding another 26 points during the second stanza to remove any doubt in the game’s final outcome. Roush tallied scoring runs of 18, 10, two and 56 yards, all in the first half, with Neal adding a 28 yard touchdown reception from Trenton Gibbs and a 17 yard burst down the right sideline. Wamsley added TD gallops of 21 and 11 yards in addition to returning an interception 52 yards for another score during the contests first two quarters.
Miller reached the end zone on two occasions in the second canto with Kaleb McKinniss rambling 33 yards for six points prior to Kody McKinniss returning a kickoff 80 yards for another Falcon score.
Neal added a three yard run and Wyatt Zuspan a two yard burst in the second half for Wahama with Logan Wesney going in from a yard out for the lone score by Miller over the final two quarters.
WHS picked up 21 first downs while running for 426 yards while passing for another 79 for a total of 505 yards in total offense. In addition to Roush and Neal was Wamsley with 81 yards in seven touches, Timmy Gibbs with 36 yards in five carries and Demetrius Serevicz with 17 yards in his lone try. Trenton Gibbs connected on two of two passes on the evening for 54 yards and a touchdown with Wyatt Zuspan completing his only pass attempt for 25 yards. Crandale Neal had one reception for 28 yards and a score with Colton Neal grabbing one for 26 yards and Serevicz one catch for 25 yards.
Miller tallied 11 first downs on 184 yards rushing and 32 passing for a net 216 total yards of offense. Kaleb McKinniss paced the Falcons on the ground with 81 yards in seven carries with Garrett Sinift connecting on three of nine aerials for 32 yards with one interception.
The White Falcons will put its unbeaten 9-0 record on the line next week when the Bend Area team entertains seventh rated Buffalo for an important grid encounter that has huge playoff ramifications for both teams. A victory by Wahama would likely insure the locals the benefit of hosting all of its post-season playoff games while a win by Buffalo could mean as many as two home playoff dates for the Bison. The titanic senior night confrontation is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Bachtel Stadium in Mason.