Wahama falls to Tomcats, 58-0

By Bryan Walters - bwalters@aimmediamidwest.com

GLOUSTER, Ohio — Definitely not cat people.

The Wahama football team ended its 2018 league schedule on a tough note Friday night following a 58-0 setback to host Trimble in a Week 10 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division contest in Athens County.

The visiting White Falcons (1-8, 1-7 TVC Hocking) trailed less than 20 seconds into regulation and mustered only 52 yards of total offense against the Tomcats (9-1, 8-0), who clinched the TVC Hocking in an outright fashion with the triumph.

Conner Wright gave THS a permanent lead of 7-0 following a 58-yard scamper at the 11:41 mark of the first, then tacked on an 8-yard run with 5:46 left for a 13-point cushion.

Max Hooper followed with a 60-yard punt return for a score at the 3:15 mark, then Noah Rossiter hauled in a 15-yard pass from Cameron Kittle with 2:52 left in the opening period for a 26-0 edge.

Wright added a 4-yard run at the 10:22 mark and a 14-yard run with 2:05 left in the half, with Hooper tacking on a TD run between while building the lead out to 45 points. Hooper added a 71-yard scamper as the half ended to take a 51-0 advantage into the break.

Neither team scored in the third frame, but Austin Wisor returned an interception 66 yards to the house with 5:25 remaining in regulation — wrapping up the 58-point outcome.

It was the sixth time this season that Wahama has been shut out on the scoreboard, while Trimble posted its fourth consecutive shutout and seventh overall this year.

The Tomcats have also won their last six decisions against Wahama, with the last five outcomes being by at least a dozen points or more.

Trimble claimed a 12-3 advantage in first downs and ended the evening plus-1 in turnover differential, despite losing four fumbles. The hosts were flagged four times for 35 yards, while WHS was penalized twice for 10 yards.

THS outgained the White Falcons by a 299-52 margin in total yards of offense. Wahama was also held to minus-4 yards on the ground on 23 attempts, while the Tomcats churned out 284 rushing yards on 27 tries.

Brady Bumgarner led Wahama with 15 rushing yards on five attempts, with Tanner Smith following with three yards on four carries.

Abrahm Pauley had negative two yards rushing on seven totes and also went 7-of-24 passing for 56 yards, throwing four interceptions in the process. Hunter Board led the wideouts with two catches for 20 yards, while Brayden Davenport hauled in two passes for 18 yards.

Wright led Trimble with 155 rushing yards on 10 carries, followed by Hooper with 126 yards on five attempts.

Kittle went 1-of-3 passing for 15 yards, with the completion going to Rossiter for a score. Kittle also ran three times for 19 yards.

Wahama will conclude its 2018 schedule next Friday when the White Falcons host Buffalo on Senior Night. Kickoff at Bachtel Stadium is slated for 7:30 p.m.

By Bryan Walters


Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.