Wildcats claw past Wahama, 27-0


MASON, W.Va. — The first time in a long time.

The Wahama football team fell to 0-2 for the first time in 11 years on Friday night following a 27-0 setback to visiting Waterford in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division contest at Bachtel Stadium in Mason County.

The host White Falcons (0-2, 0-1 TVC Hocking) dropped their seventh consecutive decision and are now winless through two weeks of play for the first time since 2006.

The Wildcats (2-0, 2-0), conversely, have now won three consecutive decisions against the Red and White — with all three of those coming in the form of shutouts by a combined 119-0 score.

The Green and White dominated the game from start to finish as the guests stormed out to a 21-0 halftime advantage.

Braden Bellville gave WHS a permanent lead with a seven-yard run just one minute into regulation. Cody Harris followed with a successful kick to make 7-0 with 11 minutes left in the opening period.

The score stayed that way until early in the second canto as Ryhs Thatcher picked off a Bryton Grate pass and returned it 25 yards to the house, giving the Wildcats a 13-0 cushion with 9:30 left until halftime.

After a quick three-and-out, Waterford retained possession and marched 58 yards in 11 plays while taking a 21-point advantage. Harris hauled in a 16-yard pass from Peyten Stephens at the 2:27 mark, then Stephens converted a successful two-point conversion run for a 21-0 lead at the break.

The Wildcats completed the scoring late in the third period as Harris caught a seven-yard pass from Stephens with 51 seconds left, giving the guests a 27-0 advantage.

Waterford outgained the hosts by a sizable 359-84 margin in total yards, which included a 219-8 edge in passing yards. The guests finished plus-2 in turnover differential and also picked up 22 of the 27 first downs in the contest.

The White Falcons — who mustered only 76 rushing yards on 28 attempts — were led by Christian Thomas with 55 yards on 15 carries, followed by Colton Arrington with 22 yards on six tries.

Bryton Grate completed 1-of-6 passes for eight yards while also throwing two interceptions. Jacob Warth had the lone Wahama reception for eight yards.

Bellville led Waterford with 88 rushing yards on 21 carries, followed by Peyten Stephens with 24 yards on seven attempts. Stephens was also 12-of-19 passing for 219 yards, throwing one interception and two touchdown passes.

Harris led the Waterford wideouts with nine catches for 108 yards and two TD grabs, while Bellville and Noah Huffman both hauled in three passes apiece for 36 and 44 yards, respectively.

Colton Arrington came up with Wahama’s lone takeaway on an interception that ended the first quarter.

The White Falcons have now dropped seven straight decisions at the friendly confines of Bachtel Stadium.

Wahama returns to action Friday when it makes its first road trip of the year to face Southern in a TVC Hocking contest at Roger Lee Adams Memorial Field.

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Wahama senior Johnnie Board, left, hits Waterford quarterback Peyten Stephens (12) during a pass play in the third quarter of a Week 2 TVC Hocking football contest on Friday night at Bachtel Stadium in Mason, W.Va.
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/09/web1_9.3-WAH-Board.jpgWahama senior Johnnie Board, left, hits Waterford quarterback Peyten Stephens (12) during a pass play in the third quarter of a Week 2 TVC Hocking football contest on Friday night at Bachtel Stadium in Mason, W.Va. Bryan Walters|OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

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