POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Anthony Grimm continued his torrid pace in the post-season with another huge game while Trenton Gibbs added a pair of touchdown passes for the second week in a row as the Wahama White Falcons rolled past sixth ranked Fayetteville 45-20 before a large but frigid Bend Area gathering at Point Pleasant High School.
Grimm topped the 100 yard rushing plateau for the second straight week after scoring four touchdowns and running for a game high 163 yards on the evening. The senior fullback tallied a pair of four yard bursts the opening half before capping a pair of WHS drives in the third and fourth periods with runs of 22 and two yards. Gibbs connected with senior Isaac Lee on a 51 yard touchdown pass in the first half before adding a 33 yard scoring strike to Tyler Roush in the final canto.
After all that the White Falcons’ most important touchdown of the night may well have been an 80 yard kickoff return by Kane Roush to answer a Fayetteville score that cut the Pirates deficit to 27-14 with over 15 minutes left to play.
The quarterfinal playoff win vaults Coach Ed Cromley’s 3rd rated Bend Area grid team into next week’s semifinal round against 2nd ranked Williamstown in a battle of Class A unbeatens. The Yellow Jackets disposed of 7th rated Valley-Fayette by a convincing 45-8 margin in another quarterfinal round matchup in Wood County on Friday. The site and time will be finalized on Sunday with all indications being a Friday Night affair on the campus of Williamstown High School.
The White Falcons defense came up big once again against a trio of heralded running backs from Fayetteville. Behind the heroics of Jamin Branch, Crandale Neal, Zack Wamsley, Zack Killingsworth among others the Bend Area defensive unit limited the Pirates to 200 yards on the ground and just 241 yards in total offense.
The Pirates 1400 yard rusher Elijah Lewis scored all three Fayetteville touchdowns but was limited to just 39 yards on the ground. Hunter Hernandez, who came into the game with over 1300 yards on the ground, finished the night with 65 yards while lineman turned wingback Brandon Dorsey netted 96 yards to lead the Pirate offense.
Fayetteville took the opening kick and marched 60 yards in 10 plays to gain the early edge. Behind a steady diet of Hernandez and a 20 yard pickup by Dorsey the Pirates took the lead on a surprise pass from quarterback Aaron Krise to Elijah Lewis covering the final 12 yards. Krise booted the point after to give Fayetteville an early 7-0 advantage with 7:03 to play in the opening quarter.
Wahama would answer on the second play of the second period when Grimm capped a 62 yard eight play series with the first of two consecutive four yard runs into the middle. Pass plays from Gibbs to Tyler Roush of 16 yards and to Kane Roush covering 20 yards propelled the Falcons during the series. Zack Wamsley booted the point after to even the score at 7-7 with 11:15 remaining in the half.
The White Falcons would add two more touchdowns before the half concluded with Grimm putting WHS in front for good with a four yard run at the 7:02 mark of the quarter. Gibbs would later hook up with Lee on a 51 yard score at the 1:57 juncture of the second canto. The point after kick was blocked after the first TD of the stanza with Gibbs finding Tyler Roush for the two-point conversion following the second score to give Wahama a 21-7 halftime edge.
Jamin Branch separated Fayetteville running back from the ball with Zack Killingsworth coming up with the loose pigskin for the White Falcons at the Pirate 22. One play and 22 yards later Grimm was in the end zone. The point after pass failed and Wahama led by a 27-7 score with 6:53 to play in the third.
Fayetteville came back with a 67 yard drive aided by a 26 yard halfback pass from Hernandez to Dorsey with Lewis going the final yard for the score with 3:48 left in the third quarter. Krise booted the point after kick to pull the visitors to within two scores at 27-14.
Kane Roush took the ensuing kickoff and outran everybody down the far sideline for an 80 yard kickoff return for a touchdown to pretty much seal the Falcons victory.
Wahama would later add a 33 yard touchdown from Gibbs to Tyler Roush and a two yard Grimm run in the final period while Fayetteville would get a three yard Lewis burst to conclude the games scoring with the White Falcons holding a 45-20 advantage.
In addition to Grimm’s big offensive totals was Isaac Lee with 32 yards on the ground and 51 through the air and Gibbs with five connections for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Tyler Roush caught two passes for 49 yards with Kane Roush grabbing two for 26 yards.
WHS, now 12-0 on the year, will take to the road for the first time in the 2011 post-season when the White Falcons travel to Williamstown in what appears to be a classic Class A semifinal contest with the unbeaten 12-0 Yellow Jackets.
Anthony Grimm continued his torrid playoff pace with another huge game with Trenton Gibbs adding a pair of touchdown passes for the second week in a row as the Wahama White Falcons rolled past seventh ranked Fayetteville 45-20 before a large but frigid Bend Area gathering at Point Pleasant High School.
Wahama 45, Fayetteville 20
F7-0-7-6 — 20
W 0-21-12-12 — 45
F — Elijah Lewis 12 pass from Aaron Krise (Aaron Krise kick), 7:03
W — Anthony Grimm 4 run (Zack Wamsley kick), 11:15
W — Grimm 4 run (kick blocked), 7:02
W — Isaac Lee 51 pass from Trenton Gibbs (Tyler Roush pass from Gibbs), 1:57
W — Grimm 22 run (pass failed), 6:53
F — Lewis one yard run (Aaron Krise kick), 3:48
W — Kane Roush 80 kickoff return (run failed), 3:37
W — Roush 33 pass from Gibbs (pass failed), 10:25
W — Grimm 2 run (pass failed), 5:50
F — Lewis three yard run (pass failed), 3:13
First Downs — F: 13, W: 20;
Rushes-yards — F: 46-200, W: 51-198;
Passing yards — F: 41, W: 126;
Total yards — F: 241, W: 324;
Cmp-Att-Int — F: 3-7-0, W: 5-10-0;
Fumbles-lost — F: 1-1, W: 1-0;
Penalties-yards — F: 6-51, W: 6-61;
Punts-Avg. — F: 5-29.4; W: 3-44.0;
Offensive plays — F: 58, W: 64.
Rushing —F: Brandon Dorsey 12-96, Hunter Hernandez 21-65, Elijah Lewis 13-39; W: Anthony Grimm 27-163, Isaac Lee 8-32, Kane Roush 8-19, Wyatt Zuspan 1-(-2), Trenton Gibbs 7-(-14).
Passing — F: Hunter Hernandez 1-1-0 26, Aaron Krise 2-6-0 15; W: Trenton Gibbs 5-10-0 126.
Receiving —F: Brandon Dorsey 1-26, Elijah Lewis 1-12, Tyler Tabit 1-3; W: Isaac Lee 1-51, Tyler Roush 2-49, Kane Roush 2-26.