Gary Clark Special to OVP
November 2, 2013
MASON W.Va.– Kane Roush scored five touchdowns and Colton Neal added a pair of six pointers Friday night in leading the Wahama White Falcons to a senior night, 66-8, gridiron win over visiting Miller.
Roush scored in just about any way you could imagine as the elusive senior running back ran for a pair of rushing touchdowns, returned a punt and an interception for touchdowns in addition to hauling in two passes for scores on the night. Roush also ran a two-point conversion attempt to give him 32 points in the outing but ironically the White Falcons’ leading ground gainer only carried the ball three times during the evening for 51 yards.
Like Roush, Colton Neal, the Bend Area teams second leading rusher, also managed to receive just three rushing attempts in the thrashing and finished the night with a pair of scores and 66 yards rushing. Hunter Bradley also enjoyed a tremendous outing for Wahama with the senior quarterback scoring one touchdown on the ground and completing five of seven passes for 168 yards and two scores. Bradley also picked off two Miller passes to join senior linebacker Josh Haddox and junior defensive end Garrett Miller as the defensive stars for the White Falcons.
WHS entered the outing ranked eighth among Class A playoff hopefuls and improved their overall record to 8-1 on the year while Coach Dave Barr’s eleven closed out the league portion of its 2013 season with a second place finish behind Tri-Valley Conference, Hocking Division, champion Trimble.
Miller concluded the 2013 season with a 2-8 overall record and ended the year with an 0-8 mark in TVC conference action.
Twelve WHS seniors were honored during pre-game festivities as they ended their football careers before the home fans during regular season competition. Hunter Bradley; Wyatt Zuspan; Kane Roush; Brandon Stewart; Colton Neal; Randall Robie; Andrew Tyree; Tyler Nutter; Eric Grueser; Wesley Harrison; Lane Sparks and Josh Haddox. Four senior cheerleaders were also recognized prior to the 7:30 p.m. kickoff with six senior band members closing out their careers and being honored at halftime of the one-sided contest.
Coach Dave Barr’s crew locked up a 2013 playoff berth with the win over Miller and is now hoping to finish among the top eight in the Class A rankings in order to host a first round playoff encounter. Wahama has held down the number eight position among the Class A rankings for the past two weeks but a win during its regular season finale against rival Buffalo next week still might not be enough to keep the Mason County team in the top eight. 10th rated Notre Dame can overtake the local gridders if they win their final two games over ninth ranked Clay-Battelle and 15th rated Tucker County. Should that happen Notre Dame will gather enough points to vault above WHS and send the reigning Class A champion White Falcons on the road throughout the 2013 playoff competition.
As was expected Wahama wasted little time in establishing its dominance over Miller as Roush, Neal and Bradley helped the White Falcons put the game away early. Wahama took advantage of six first half turnovers committed by Miller and turned those mistakes into a 46-0 first half advantage.
Roush opened the scoring by catching a 53 yard scoring pass from Bradley with Neal adding a one yard plunge just over a minute later. Roush added another scoring pass, this one covering 70 yards, with Neal adding another first period score with a 35 yard run to give Wahama a 28-0 first quarter edge.
The White Falcons added three more touchdowns in the second stanza with Bradley racing 27 yards to paydirt followed by Roush picking off a Miller pass and returning the pigskin 45 yards for a touchdown. The final six points of the first half came on a 35 yard run by Demetrius Serevicz to give Wahama a commanding 46-0 lead at the halfway juncture.
Three consecutive scores in the third period pushed the Bend Area teams lead to 66-0 as Roush ran 42 yards for one touchdown, returned a punt 65 yards for another with Timmy Gibbs concluding the Mason County teams scoring activity with a 32 yard run. Wahama was successful on just three of their 10 point after attempts with Roush and Wyatt Zuspan running for a two-point conversion each and Zuspan catching another PAT pass from Bradley.
Miller closed out the nights scoring activity with 2:06 left in the third quarter when Garrett Sinift carried it in from five yards away. Sinift tossed the two-point conversion pass to Garrett Bartley to complete the scoring with Wahama dealing the visitors a 66-8 setback.
WHS used 11 different ball carriers in the game with Neal tallying 66 yards, Roush 51, Bradley 46 and Gibbs 45. Wahama picked up 16 first downs and ran for 332 yards while passing for another 168 to give the White Falcons 500 yards in total offense for the evening. Miller received 59 yards rushing from Sinift and 54 yards on the ground from Lane Mulford. The Falcons totaled nine first downs while totaling 116 yards on the ground and 19 yards through the air for 135 yards in total offense. The visitors coughed up three fumbles with Tyler Nutter, Colton Neal and Brent Larck falling on the loose pigskin for Wahama while Bradley snared two interceptions and Roush one for the Bend Area team.
Wahama will attempt to collect its eight win in a row and gather some momentum next week when the Bend Area team travels to winless Buffalo for its annual rival contest with the Bison.