MASON, W.Va. — In a complete about-face from last week’s 42-0 gridiron win over Ravenswood the visiting Waterford Wildcats stunned heavily favored Wahama Friday evening with a dominant 34-0 Tri-Valley Conference, Hocking Division upset win over the host White Falcons.
Waterford, who came in to the contest after dropping its season opener last week to conference foe, Miller, literally outplayed the Bend Area team in all aspects of the league affair. The Wildcats built an early 7-0 advantage in the opening quarter before expanding that edge to 28-0 with three touchdowns in the second period for a commanding 28-0 lead. Another score in the third stanza pushed the final tally to 34-0.
The shutout win by the Wildcats marks the first time a Falcon grid team has been held scoreless at home since a 38-0 win by Ravenswood in the 2000 high school football season. Both Wahama and Waterford now sport 1-1 overall records on the 2015 grid campaign with Waterford posting a 1-1 mark in league play while Wahama falls to 0-1 inside the TVC.
Waterford dominated the confrontation from start to finish with a who-wants-it-more attitude. The Wildcats ran through the Bend Area team’s interior line to the tune of 191 rushing yards while picking apart the locals secondary with another 156 yards through the airways. Defensively the visitors limited Wahama to a mere 47 yards on the ground with the Falcons finishing with 127 yards through the air following a fourth period push that provided Coach Dave Barr’s crew with 71 of those passing yards in the final minutes.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 7-0 edge on its opening drive. Led by junior quarterback Isaac Huffman the visitors drove 76 yards in 13 plays with sophomore running back Cody Harris going the final two yards. Huffman booted the point after to give Waterford the early advantage with 4:09 remaining in the opening quarter.
A three score second period all but closed the door on the White Falcons with Huffman again directing the Waterford offense to near perfection. A 51 yard drive on its second possession was culminated by a nine yard touchdown run by Huffman at the 11:00 minute mark of the second canto. Moments later Jaret McCutcheon picked off a Falcon aerial and returned the pigskin 38 yards for yet another Waterford score.
The Wildcats completed its first half barrage when Huffman found Tyler McCutcheon with 10 yard scoring pass at the 2:49 mark of the second period. Huffman added all three point after kicks in the half to provide Waterford with a commanding 28-0 halftime edge.
If Wahama had any hopes of turning things around following the halftime intermission those thoughts were quickly erased as the White Falcons struggled to generate any offense while also experiencing its troubles defensively with numerous inadequate attempts at bringing down the Waterford ball carriers and receivers. Midway through the third the Wildcats completed the night’s scoring when Huffman again connected on a 13 yard strike to Dalton Ball.
Wahama was limited to just 47 yards on the ground with Jared Nutter leading the way with 31 yards in 11 tries while Colton Arrington added 25 yards in seven carries. Phillip Hoffman ended the evening by connecting on 10 of 27 passes for 127 yards and an interception. Nutter caught four passes for 48 yards with Arrington grabbing two for 38 yards, Ryan Thomas two for 25 and Ricky Kearns and Nolan Pierce one each for eight yards,
Harris led Waterford on the ground with 117 yards in 15 tries with Huffman adding 34 yards on the ground in 11 attempts. Huffman connected on 12 of 21 aerials for 156 yards and two touchdowns with one of his offerings being picked off. Montana Brooker hauled in five passes for the Wildcats for 80 yards followed by Harris with two catches for 30 yards, Dalton Ball with two receptions for 25 yards and a touchdown, Jaret McCutcheon two for 11 yards and Tyler McCutcheon one catch for 10 yards and a score.
Wahama will depart Bachtel Stadium for the first time this year when they travel to Southern next Friday for a TVC Hocking Division contest with the Tornadoes. Waterford takes on Fort Frye in the Wildcats next encounter.
Gary Clark is a sports correspondent for Ohio Valley Publishing.