BELPRE OH — For the second straight week senior running back, Kane Roush, scored five touchdowns while rushing for over 100 yards in leading the visiting Wahama White Falcons to an easy 60-8 football win over the host Belpre Golden Eagles.
The talented speedster scored a pair of six pointers rushing while adding two more receiving and yet another on a punt return. Colton Neal also topped the 100 yard rushing plateau while adding a pair of scoring runs with Timmy Gibbs and Hunter Bradley tallying a touchdown apiece. Billy Joe McDermitt booted six of nine extra point kicks to cap the White Falcons huge offensive encounter.
The victory was the Falcons (3-1, 2-1 TVC Hocking)second in a row since dropping its first league contest against Trimble two weeks ago since joining the Tri-Valley Conference’s Hocking Division in 2010. Wahama improved to 3-1 overall and 2-1 inside league competition as the 2013 high school grid football season nears its halfway juncture. Belpre (1-3, 0-2) lost its third consecutive decision since opening the year with a 54-0 win over Zanesville Rosecrans. The Eagles are now 1-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
WHS had little trouble with the injury plagued Golden Eagles in racing to an early 27-0 lead after the first 12 minutes before extending its edge to 41-0 at the midway point of the contest. The Bend Area team scored two more times in the third period and another in the fourth to increase its advantage to 60-0 before allowing Belpre to avoid the shutout with a Tavian Miller 39 yard run with four minutes left in the outing.
Roush scored three times in the opening quarter on a 66 yard run, a 55 yard pass reception from Bradley and a 79 yard punt return before Neal tacked on a 16 yard run to complete the first period scoring. Roush went eight yards to activate the second stanza scoring and caught another 33 yard pass from Bradley to help stake Wahama to a convincing 41-0 lead at the half.
Neal began the second half scoring with a 40 yard run followed by a 93 yard interception return for six points by Bradley. Gibbs completed the Falcons offensive success with a seven yard run to stake Wahama to a 60-0 advantage with over 11 minutes left to play.
Belpre received somewhat of a fragment of success against the Bend Area teams reserve unit with 130 of its 204 total yards on the night coming late in the contest. Throughout the first three periods senior linebacker, Josh Haddox and defensive end, Colton Neal, led a Falcon defense that allowed just 74 yards of total offense during the first three quarters. Neal recorded nine individual tackles with Haddox credited with seven stops to pace Wahama defensively. Timmy Gibbs and Demetrius Serevicz enjoyed outstanding defensive efforts for Coach Ed Cromley’s gridders.
Roush led all ground gainers with 124 yards in only six carries with Neal adding 107 yards in 10 tries. Bradley connected on four of five aerials for 119 yards and two touchdowns with Roush grabbing two receptions for 88 yards and two scores and Wyatt Zuspan two catches for 31 yards.
Belpre was led on the ground by Tavian Miller with 52 yards in 16 carries with D.J. Leftwich adding 21 yards in four attempts and Dejon Bedgood 20 yards in 20 tries. Miller completed 11 of 20 aerials for 99 yards and an interception with Trent McCoy on the receiving end of three passes for 40 yards and Dejon Bedgood five receptions for 36 yards.
Following a two game road swing Wahama will return to Bachtel Stadium next week when the Falcons host visiting Waterford for a TVC Hocking Valley engagement. Belpre will attempt to break its three game losing skid with a visit to league foe Federal Hocking.