MASON, W.Va. — Kane Roush ran for 137 yards and a touchdown while Trenton Gibbs tossed a pair of touchdown passes in addition to scoring once and running for 80 yards to lead the Wahama White Falcons to a 47-7 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division win over the visiting Eastern Eagles Friday night.
The win was the Falcons third consecutive triumph of the 2012 season as Wahama improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 inside league play. Coach Ed Cromley’s gridders also extended its regular season unbeaten string to 24 in a row while emerging with triumphs in all 18 of its TVC contests since beginning conference play in 2012.
Coach David Tennant’s Eastern squad fell to 1-2 on the year, despite racking up over 400 yards in total offense in the outing. The Eagles netted over 300 yards through the air while adding 127 yards on the ground but in the end it was penalties and turnovers that cost the visitors dearly. Eastern falls to 1-1 in league play following the loss.
Wahama delivered a devastating ground attack against the Eagles with 391 yards on the night. Roush led the way with 137 yards in six carries with Zack Wamsley adding 83 yards in 14 tries, Trenton Gibbs 80 yards in five attempts and Crandale Neal 49 yards in seven pops. Neal and Wamsley both scored a pair of touchdowns as the WHS offense secured 19 first downs and tallied 461 yards in total offense.
Eastern received a tremendous outing from senior quarterback, Joey Scowden, who riddled the Falcon defense to the tune of 303 yards passing and another 55 yards rushing. Scowden completed 20 of 34 passes for the Eagles but had three of his offerings picked off by the Bend Area secondary.
Max Carnahan and Zach Scowden both recoded 85 receiving yards with Carnahan grabbing six aerials and Scowden five. Chase Cook hauled in a pair of passes for 68 yards including a 65 yard touchdown reception with Ethan Nottingham collecting three receptions for 36 yards in addition to Alex Amos with four grabs for 29 yards. Amos also had 48 yards on the ground in only one carry.
Eastern fought gallantly throughout the 48 minute affair but in the end it was the Eagles inability to finish off several drives deep into Wahama territory as penalties and turnovers plagued the Meigs County team throughout the evening.
After a scoreless first quarter the White Falcons erupted for two quick touchdowns with the beginning of the second 12 minute segment. Zack Wamsley capped off a 12 play 80 yard drive with a three yard run on fourth down with 10:06 remaining in the first half. Wamsley also booted the point after to stake Wahama to a 7-0 edge.
Two minutes later the Falcons found the end zone once again following a blocked punt by the Bend Area teams’ Crandale Neal that allowed WHS to set up shop at the Eastern 19 yard line.. Neal got the call on the first play following the blocked kick and rambled 19 yards off a nice block by Wyatt Zuspan for the score. Nottingham blocked the point after boot attempt and Wahama led by a 13-0 score with 8:05 left in the half.
Eastern closed to within a touchdown on its next series when the Eagles marched 73 yards in only two plays. Scowden dropped back and flipped a 65 yard scoring toss to a streaking Chase Cook down the middle. Carnahan delivered the point after kick to pull the visitors to within six at 13-7 with 7:35 to play in the opening half.
WHS added the final score of the second period with 5:28 to go when Wamsley capped off a 54 yard, five play series with a 17 yard run. Wamsley’s point after boot gave Wahama a 20-7 advantage at the midway point.
The second half belonged to the White Falcons as they added a trio of third quarter touchdowns and another in the final canto. Neal had a 13 yard run to open the second half scoring before Kane Roush hauled in a 12 yard TD pass from Gibbs. Gibbs then tallied six more points following a nifty 56 yard gallop. Wamsley drove home two extra point kicks with a third run attempt proving to be unsuccessful for the White Falcons.
Eastern continuously drove into Wahama territory throughout the second half but six penalties, two interceptions and a lost fumble over the final 24 minutes proved to be too much for the Eagle offense to overcome.
WHS capped off the nights scoring with 8:37 left in the contest when Austin Cole collected a Gibbs pass for a 17 yard touchdown. Again Wamsley nailed the PAT kick to make the final count 47-7.
Eastern will try and rebound from its tough setback to Wahama when the Eagles return to action next Friday with a TVC Hocking Division visit to Waterford. The White Falcons host TVC Hocking Division opponent Belpre for its next encounter.