MASON, W.Va. — In somewhat of a shocker, the Wahama White Falcons dominated both offensively and defensively in handing the visiting Ravenswood Red Devils a 42-0 season opening setback Friday evening before a large turnout at the Bend Area School.
Coach Dave Barr’s’ White Falcons capitalized on a pair of first period fumbles to build a 14-0 first period lead before adding three more scores in the second period. Wahama added a third period touchdown to increase its advantage to 42-0 before coasting to the shutout win.
The White Falcons enjoyed numerous individual standouts but to be honest it all started along the offensive and defensive lines where the locals dominated. WHS totaled 274 yards on the ground and passed for another 99 while defensively the Bend Area team limited the Class AA Red Devils to just 77 yards rushing and 24 through the air.
An offensive line consisting of Braden Weaver; Clayton Sines; Jesse Hesson; Christopher Hesson and Austin Juelfs opened sizable holes for Falcon running backs while also providing quarterback Hoffman ample time to throw the football. Kyle Marr; Christopher Hesson; Austin Juelfs and Weaver also nearly spent as much time in the Ravenswood backfield as the Red Devil running backs did.
Juelfs and Weaver came away with stellar defensive games along with Christopher Hesson and Colton Arrington. Offensively Jared Nutter tallied a pair of six-pointers in addition to a couple of two point conversion runs while Ryan Thomas hauled in two Phillip Hoffman aerials for TD.s. Nolan Pierce also grabbed a scoring pass from Hoffman with Colton Arrington collecting another Wahama score.
Arrington led all ground gainers with 129 yards in 14 carries with Nutter adding 111 yards rushing in 11 tries. Phillip Hoffman ran for 49 yards in 10 attempts while completing eight of 11 passes for 99 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan Thomas grabbed two touchdown receptions covering 21 and 29 yards with Nolan Pierce catching a seven yard Hoffman offering for the game’s first score. Nutter also caught four passes for 29 yards with Ricky Kearns owning one reception for 13 yards.
Kearns recovered a Ravenswood fumble to set up the Falcons first touchdown followed by a fumble recovery by Arrington to put Wahama in position for its second score.
An 80 yard seven play drive with Arrington the workhorse led to a 22-0 Falcon edge with a short five yard punt by the visitors leading to a 21 yard Ryan Thomas reception to make it a 30-0 WHS advantage with 6:15 remaining in the opening half.
Arrington added a one yard run in the final minute of the first half with Nutter racing 41 yards late in the third quarter to complete the nights scoring.
Alex Casto led Ravenswood on the ground with 112 yards in 22 carries. Freshman quarterback Max Hilton connected on three of nine passes for 24 yards with Colton Sovall and Hayden Mandrake each catching one offering for 10 yards and Alex Easthom grabbing one for four yards.
Hilton was sacked numerous times and finished the evening with minus 42 yards rushing.
Wahama will return home for the second straight week next Friday for a grid encounter with Waterford in the two teams Tri-Valley Conference, Hocking Division opener. Ravenswood searches for its first win of the 2015 season against Webster County in the Red Devils next outing.
Gary Clark is a sports correspondent for Ohio Valley Publishing.