MASON, W.Va. — A rough way to wrap things up.
Visiting Buffalo churned out 11.8 yards per rushing attempt while producing 444 yards of total offense Friday night during a convincing 60-14 decision over the Wahama football team in a Week 11 non-conference matchup at Bachtel Stadium in Mason County.
The Bison (7-3) secured a spot in the Class A postseason while also handing the host White Falcons (2-8) their fifth consecutive loss of the 2016 campaign. BHS also knocked off the Red and White for a third consecutive gridiron campaign.
Buffalo produced 331 rushing yards on 28 attempts, which greatly helped in establishing a 46-0 advantage headed into the fourth quarter. WHS, conversely, mustered only 71 yards of total offense, and neither of its late touchdowns were the result of offensive possessions.
It was the first time since the turn of the millennium that the White Falcons surrendered 60 points in a regular season game. It was also the most points allowed by WHS since a 77-50 setback to Madonna in the second round of the 2013 Class A playoffs.
It was a tough way for Wahama seniors Wyatt Edwards and Tanner Nutter to end their gridiron careers, but fourth-year WHS coach Dave Barr was very respectful when speaking about those upperclassmen afterwards.
He also noted that a lot of this team should be returning next fall, but there is also a lot of work to be done between now and then if the White Falcons hope for a favorable return to the gridiron in 2017.
“I really want say thank you from the bottom of my heart to the two seniors for all of the effort and time that they have given to this program. They’ve been great leaders and they really love their school, so they really are a credit to their parents and the community that they grew up in,” Barr said. “We are excited about the future and what the returnees can offer to the program, but we are going to have to have a great offseason if we plan on improving.
“Next year’s football season begins for us in a few weeks and that will really tell the tale of how much we can improve out program in the next eight months.”
Buffalo senior running back Dylan Lucas — who entered Friday night averaging over 200 yards per game on the ground — wasted little time in approaching those totals after scoring a trio of touchdowns in the first quarter alone.
Lucas covered four yards, 51 yards and 19 yards on three touchdowns runs while helping BHS establish a 20-0 advantage after 12 minutes of play.
The Bison increased their lead to 26 points with 8:40 left until halftime after Owen Tillis hauled in a 35-yard pass from Ethan Burgess, then Lucas hauled in a 31-yard scoring pass from Burgess with 3:03 left to increase the lead out to 32-0.
BHS increased its halftime lead out to 39 points after Tillis blocked a Wyatt Edwards punt in the Wahama endzone with 1:27 remaining. In fact, Tillis had the blocked kick land in his right arm and never lost control of it as he fell to the ground in the endzone.
Buffalo held a 301-41 advantage in total yards of offense at the break, which included a sizable 215-7 edge in rushing yards. Besides the blocked punt, WHS also had first half drives that resulted in four other punts, a loss of downs, a turnover and the end of the first half.
Tillis tacked on a 28-yard run with 8:32 remaining in the third quarter for a 46-0 advantage, which ended up matching Buffalo’s largest lead of the night.
Wahama finally a good turn of fortunes midway through the fourth quarter as Johnnie Board recovered a BHS fumble and rumbled 33 yards to the house, making it a 46-6 contest with 6:30 left in regulation.
The Bison answered by covering 44 yards in four plays, with Drake Fertig capping things with a 27-yard TD catch on a halfback pass from Stephen Booth for a 53-6 contest with 3:52 remaining.
Wyatt Edwards returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards to paydirt, allowing WHS to close to within 53-14 with 3:29 left.
Lucas, however, answered the bell with a 93-yard kickoff return on the ensuing kickoff, allowing Buffalo to wrap up the 60-14 contest with 3:10 left in regulation.
Buffalo claimed a 15-6 overall advantage in first downs and also finished the night plus-1 in turnover differential. BHS was flagged eight times for 75 yards, while the hosts were penalized five times for 56 yards.
Wahama finished the night with just 35 rushing yards on 38 attempts. Edwards led the Red and White with 17 yards on six carries, followed by Colton Arrington with 14 yards on 15 totes.
Bryton Grate finished the night 7-of-11 passing for 36 yards and also had eight rushing yards on six attempts. Colton Arrington also had his only pass attempt picked off late in the fourth quarter.
Christian Thomas led the WHS wideouts with four catches for 20 yards. Brady Bumgarner and Colton Hendrick each caught a pass for seven yards, while Edwards also hauled in one grrab for three yards.
Lucas led the Bison ground attack with 202 yards on nine carries, followed by Tillis and Burgess with 28 rushing yards apiece.
Burgess finished the night 3-of-7 passing for 86 yards, while Booth completed his only pass attempt for 27 yards. Tillis led the Buffalo receivers with two catches for 55 yards.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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