MASON, W.Va. — Kane Roush scored a pair of touchdowns while recording his third consecutive 100 yard rushing night in leading the Wahama White Falcons to a hard fought 35-7 Tri-Valley Conference, Hocking Division win over visiting Southern Friday evening.
Roush scored on runs of 84 and four yards while running for 109 yards in only eight attempts. Trenton Gibbs completed seven of 11 passes ion the outing for 143 yards and a touchdown with Austin Cole owning three catches for 101 yards.
Crandale Neal also had an impressive return to the lineup after missing two games with an injury. Neal scored on a 14 yard run in addition to hauling in a 26 yard touchdown reception. Zach Wamsley added 65 yards on the ground in 13 carries for Wahama.
The White Falcons found themselves in a dogfight with the Tornadoes until a pair of fourth period scores put the game away before a large homecoming crowd at the Bend Area School. The win kept the fourth ranked Falcons’ unbeaten string intact at 6-0 overall and 5-0 inside TVC Hocking Division action while a feisty Southern eleven dropped to 1-5 overall and 1-3 in league play.
Once again it was the big play capability of Wahama that led to the gridiron victory. Roush rambled 84 yards for the game’s first score while Trenton Gibbs picked off a Tornado pass and returned the interception 55 yards to the Southern seven yard line to set up the first of two Crandale Neal touchdowns on the evening.
WHS then added a 47 yard Gibbs to Austin Cole pass reception which led to an 11 yard Zach Wamsley run before the hosts recorded a safety, a 26 yard scoring toss from Gibbs to Neal and a four yard Roush run in the second half to make the final tally of 35-7.
Southern received a huge effort from sophomore quarterback Tristen Wolfe and junior running back Tyler Barton. Wolfe connected on 9 of 16 aerials on the night for 216 yards and a touchdown while Barton paced the visitors on the ground with 71 yards in 22 carries.
Trenton Deem joined the Tornado duo with four receptions for 85 yards and a score while Tyler O’Conner snagged three passes for 77 yards and Paul Ramthun one for 54 yards.
Wahama jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the opening quarter as Roush rambled 84 yards and Neal 14 yards for WHS scores. Zach Wamsley booted one of two point after kicks to make it a 13-0 contest after one period.
The White Falcons increased its advantage to 20-0 late in the half when Wamsley scored from 11 yards out on fourth down following a botched field goal attempt. Wamsley’s PAT kick made it a 20-0 affair and it looked as if Wahama was off to another one-sided win but the Tornadoes had other ideas.
Southern began a clock-watching drive at its own 39 yard line and despite moving into Wahama territory a sack of Wolfe by Wamsley seemingly ended the Tornado offensive series. On the final play of the half Wolfe connected with Deem in the flat and Deem broke through six Falcon would be tackles for a 66 yard touchdown reception. Deem also kicked the point after to close the gap to 20-7 at the half.
The lone scoring in the third period came after Southern recovered a Wahama fumble to kill a Falcon scoring threat at the Tornado eight yard line. The Meigs County team failed to move the football and was forced to punt and the ensuing snap from center sailed over the head of the punter and out of the end zone for a safety.
Southern would recover another WHS fumble in the final stanza but failed to cash in on the turnover while Wahama tacked on a pair of scores to capture the 35-7 win.
The White Falcons totaled 386 yards in total offense with 243 yards on the ground and another 143 through the air. WHS recorded 13 first downs, committed three turnovers and had seven penalties for 50 yards.
Southern totaled 10 first downs while netting 288 yards in total offense. The Tornadoes had 72 rushing yards and another 216 through the air. The visitors had two passes picked off and were penalized only two times for nine yards.
Wahama will return to action next Friday evening when the White Falcons travel to once beaten Federal Hocking (5-1) for a key TVC Hocking Division contest. Southern hosts Miller in a conference matchup with the Falcons as the Tornadoes try and bring an end to its disappointing four game losing skid.