Miller marches past White Falcons, 40-0

By Alex Hawley -

HEMLOCK, Ohio — There’s a first time for everything.

The Miller football team earned its first-ever victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Wahama, on Friday night in Perry County, as the Purple and White claimed a 40-0 victory.

Wahama (2-7, 1-7 TVC Hocking) — which claimed each of the first five meetings between the teams by at least 40 points, before taking a 39-21 victory in Mason last season — was held to just three yards of offense on Friday, while Miller (6-3, 4-3) gained 444 offensive yards.

The host Falcons — who held an 18-to-7 advantage in first downs on the night — scored once in the opening quarter, as Zach Waldrop broke a 48-yard scoring run Colton Brown followed it up with an extra-point kick, at the 8:07 mark.

MHS scored twice in the second period, first on a 13-yard run by Seattle Compston and again on a 26-yard pass from Cole Geil to Carson Starlin. Brown made 1-of-2 extra-point kicks in the second, and the hosts led 20-0 at halftime.

Miller also scored twice in the third quarter, first on a 4-yard run by Matt Bauer and then on a 3-yard run by Chase Mays. Starlin caught a two-point conversion pass from Rusty Greenich after the first score of the second half, but Miller’s extra-point kick was blocked after the second touchdown.

Miller’s final score of the game was similar to its first, as Waldrop broke a 47-yard touchdown run with 3:51 left in the game. The point-after kick was blocked, but MHS sealed the 40-0 victory.

Wahama — which had a net of minus-25 in rushing yards — was led on the ground by Colton Arrington with 23 yards on eight carries, followed by Brady Bumgarner with seven yards on seven carries.

WHS quarterback Bryton Grate was 10-of-28 passing for 28 yards. Christian Thomas had 13 yards on three receptions, Wyatt Edwards added one-yard on three receptions, while Colton Hendrick added 13 yards on two receptions and Arrington hauled in one seven-yard pass.

Waldrop led MHS on the ground with 273 yards on 25 carries, followed by Bauer with 49 yards on 11 totes. Geil completed 2-of-4 passes for 50 yards, with Starlin hauling in both passes.

Wahama lost its only fumble in the game, while Miller lost both of its fumbles. The Red and White committed three penalties for 10 yards, while Miller had six penalties for 55 yards.

The White Falcons have a much needed bye this week and will return home for the season finale with Buffalo on November 4.

Miller will look to keep its playoff hopes alive on Friday when it visits South Gallia.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100

By Alex Hawley