BELPRE Ohio — The 2015 Wahama football team continued its downhill plunge in allowing host Belpre to deliver a 44-6 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division setback to the Bend Area team on Friday Night.
The loss was the third in a row for Coach Dave Barr’s crew as Wahama falls to 1-3 overall and 0-3 inside league action. The Golden Eagles interrupted a five-game WHS winning streak over the Washington County, Ohio team with its first grid victory over the Red and White since the 1979 season. Belpre won for the second time this year and improved to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
Once again the Falcons inability to control the line of scrimmage and their failure to make defensive stops when the opportunity arose proved to be the difference in the contest. WHS managed only 147 yards of total offense on an ineffective ground attack that produced a meager 86 yards in 34 carries. The Bend Area team didn’t have much more luck with its passing attack in while completing 3-of-5 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.
The lone score for Wahama came in the second quarter when the White Falcons cut a 14-0 deficit in half with Ricky Kearns hauling in a 64-yard scoring strike from Falcon quarterback, Philip Hoffman. That, however, was as close as the Bend Area team got as Belpre reeled off 30 unanswered points for the triumph.
Deijon Bedgood paced the Golden Eagle attack with three touchdowns on runs of 11 and 53 yards and a TD reception of 32 yards. Matthew Colvin added another score with a 37-yard run for the games first points, with Tojzae Reams and Ryan Simoniette both reaching the end zone on runs of 59 and one yards. Bailey Sprauge booted a 22-yard field goal and connected on 5-of-6 point after kicks to complete the Belpre scoring attack.
A bright spot for the Falcon offense was the running of sophomore, Dalton Kearns who may have established himself as a capable asset to the locals leading ground gainer, Colton Arrington. Kearns finished the evening with 37 yards in eight carries. Arrington collected 38 tough yards in 14 tries. Hoffman completed 3-of-5 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown with two of his offerings being picked off. Ricky Kearns caught the 64-yard touchdown pass with Travis Kearns hauling in one aerial for zero net yards and Nolan Pierce one for minus-3 yards.
Belpre was led on the ground by Reams with 111 yards in 11 attempts followed by Bedgood with 97 yards in five attempts and Colvin with 68 yards in 10 carries. The Golden Eagles signal caller, Tavian Miller, connected on 3-of-9 passes for 59 yards and a score. Bedgood caught one pass for 32 yards and a touchdown with Josh Moore grabbing one for 20 yards and Colvin one for seven yards.
One correction in the loss to Southern last week was Colton Arrington was misidentified as catching the touchdown pass for Wahama when it was actually Ricky Kearns who caught the lone touchdown pass for Wahama.
Wahama, following its current two-game road swing will return home next Friday for a homecoming conference encounter with winless Federal Hocking. Belpre travels to Southern for an important league affair with the Tornadoes.
Gary Clark a sports correspondent for Ohio Valley Publishing.