MASON, W.Va. — Despite scoring three more touchdowns to give him 13 over the past three weeks and putting together his fourth 100 yard contest, exciting senior speedster, Kane Roush, had to share some of the spotlight Friday evening with fellow senior running back, Colton Neal, as the pair led Wahama to an expected easy 54-6 football win over visiting Waterford.
Neal found the end zone with a pair of long second quarter runs and finished as the games leading ground gainer with 148 yards in only six carries to lead the Bend Area gridders to the Tri-Valley Conference, Hocking Division triumph.
Neal also joined Demetruis Serevicz and Brent Larck as the defensive stars for the Falcons with numerous stops while Hunter Bradley joined the prominent parade with a pair of touchdown passes in addition to picking off his third defensive pass interception this year.
The 14th ranked Class A White Falcons claimed its third consecutive decision on the 2013 campaign against one loss while putting together a 3-1 TVC showing in league action. Waterford dropped its fourth straight contest overall to fall to 1-4 in all games while dropping to 0-3 inside the TVC.
An unusual sluggish beginning by the Mason County eleven led to a slim 6-0 edge during the first 12 minutes of the conference challenge but the White Falcons exploded for 28 second quarter points to extend its lead to 35-0 at the half and put the game on ice.
Neal led the first half charge with a pair of long scoring runs while Roush delivered an 88 yard punt return, his second in two weeks. Bradley tossed a pair of scoring passes, one to Randall Robie and another to Jarod Nutter and the rout was on following the huge second quarter scoring outburst.
Waterford constructed its best offensive series of the night following the second half kickoff. The Wildcats retained possession for 9:41 in putting together a 16 play, 71 yard drive for its only points of the night.
Austin Lang was the big workhorse in the drive for the visitors and capped the series with a six yard run but that would be the lone offensive bright spot of the evening for Waterford.
WHS followed the solitary Wildcat score of the game by answering the touchdown with a pair of long runs by Roush covering 57 and 56 yards and a competition conclusion score by Brandon Stewart covering eleven yards.
Bradley booted three point after kicks while Billy Joe McDermitt added one with Wyatt Wooten snaring a two-point conversion pass from Bradley to complete the Falcon’s scoring activity for the evening.
Wahama ran only 33 plays in the game and finished the night with 387 total yards with 369 of those coming on the ground. The Bend Area team added 12 first downs and 18 yards through the air while taking care of the football without throwing an interception or fumbling the pigskin. WHS was penalized 10 times for 85 yards in the outing.
Waterford doubled up Wahama in offensive plays with 66 and finished the night with 91 yards on the ground and another 76 through the air for a total effort of 167 offensive yards. The Wildcats committed one turnover, an interception by Bradley, while being penalized five times for 35 yards.
The White Falcons will face unbeaten Southern next week in an significant grid contest for both teams that will encompass a huge impact in both the TVC Hocking Valley standings as well as post-season playoff action.
Southern (5-0) will host the affair after defeating River Valley; South Gallia, Belpre, Federal Hocking and Symmes Valley in succession. The Falcons’ lone setback of the year was o unbeaten Trimble with the Bend Area team defeating Fayettville; Eastern, Belpre and Waterford.