TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Coach Ed Cromley’s Wahama White Falcon football team bounced back from its first Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division loss in a big way Friday night with a thoroughly dominating 54-0 grid triumph over neighboring Eastern before a large turnout over their Meigs County hosts.
Kane Roush scored five touchdowns and a two-point conversion run with 155 yards rushing and another 129 receiving yards to pace the Bend Area team in the one-sided win. Hunter Bradley tossed three touchdown passes while throwing for 160 yards while Wyatt Zuspan scored a pair of touchdowns and intercepted an unprecedented four Eastern (1-2, 1-1 TVC Hocking) passes to join Roush in the limelight in the White Falcon (2-1, 1-1) triumph.
The affair was never in doubt as the visitors scored four times in the opening quarter to acquire an early 25-0 lead. The White Falcons added two more scores in the second period to increase its edge to 39-0 before attaching its final two touchdowns in the third canto to finish off the 54-0, shutout win.
Injuries were suffered by both teams throughout the evening which lengthened the contest considerably and turned the game into a marathon event. Play was halted at least six times because of injured participants with veteran Wahama lineman, Lane Sparks, being the most serious after he was taken from the field by emergency technicians. Eastern’s leading ground gainer, Zack Scowden, also suffered an injury in the first half and never returned during the final two quarters. Hopefully all the injuries will be deemed minor and those involved may continue their respective high school gridiron seasons.
Zuspan set up the Falcons’ initial two scores by picking off Eastern pass offerings during the Eagles first two offensive possessions. Zuspan intercepted a Chase Cook offering at the Eastern 40 yard line to set up a 40 yard five play series that was finished off with a seven yard Brandon Stewart scoring run.
Moments later Zuspan picked off another Eagle toss and returned the interception 22 yards for the Bend Area teams second score of the night.
Kane Roush then began an offensive assault against Eastern with the first of four straight touchdowns before the first half came to a conclusion. Roush opened the scoring bombardment with a 72 yard run before hauling in a 53 yard touchdown pass from Hunter Bradley. Roush added another long run, this one covering 76 yards, before finishing the first half with another touchdown reception from Bradley of 76 yards.
Bradley opened the second half with a three yard scoring toss to Zuspan before Roush concluded the nights scoring activity with a three yard scamper. Bradley and Billy Joe McDermitt added point after boots with Wyatt Wooten grabbing a conversion pass from Zuspan and Roush ran another two-point conversion to round out the nights scoring activity for Wahama.
The Falcons’ defense also turned in a stellar performance by limiting Eastern to a mere 31 yards of total offense. The Eagles were held to just 28 yards on the ground and three yards passing. WHS tallied 524 yards of total offense with Wahama cashing in on 328 yards rushing and another 196 through the air.
Zach Browning turned in an impressive performance for Eastern with 77 yards rushing in nine carries. The Eagle defense had its moments of success despite the one-sided setback but found themselves susceptible to the visitors big play outing.
Wahama will again take to the road next week for a TVC Hocking Division contest with Belpre, which lost at Southern by a count of 19-0 Friday, while Eastern hosts visiting Waterford, which lost to Fort Frye 47-0 Friday, in a league confrontation.