MASON, W.Va. — One for the home fans.
After back-to-back lopsided wins on the road, the Wahama football team returned to Bachtel Stadium on Saturday, where the White Falcons topped non-conference guest Montcalm 66-29.
The Generals (0-6) were on the board first, with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Robertson to Devin Green with 9:33 left in the opening quarter.
The White Falcons (3-3) — who lost fumbles on their first two drives — answered the score on their third possession, with a 46-yard touchdown pass from Sawyer VanMeter to Kase Stewart at the 8:24 mark of the period. WHS took an 8-6 lead on a successful two-point conversion run by Stewart.
Montcalm was back in front two plays into their next possession, however, with a 73-yard touchdown pass from Robertson to Green. The duo also connected for the two-point conversion, giving the guests a 14-8 advantage 4:30 into play.
Wahama tied the game at 14 with 5:01 left in the first quarter, with a five-yard touchdown run by Stewart capping off a six-play, 53-yard drive.
Andrew Roush intercepted a Montcalm pass on the next play from scrimmage, and three plays later, Roush scored on a two-yard run. VanMeter ran in the two-point conversion, making Wahama’s lead 22-14 with 3:57 left in the first.
The Red and White added eight more points to their lead in the opening stanza, with a 10-yard touchdown run by VanMeter and a two-point conversion run by Stewart.
Montcalm fumbled the ball away five plays into the second quarter, with Caleb Pierce recovering for the White Falcons on the MHS 40.
Five plays later, The White Falcons went up 36-14 on a 27-yard touchdown pass from VanMeter to Stewart with 8:13 left in the half.
After a three-and-out by MHS, Wahama went 54 yards in four plays, capped off by an 11-yard touchdown run by Gavin Stiltner. VanMeter ran in the two-point conversion, making the White Falcon lead 44-14 with 5:45 until halftime.
The Generals went 75 yards in six plays, and cut the margin to 22 points with 2:51 left in the half, as Ethan Nichols caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Robertson, who then ran in the two-point conversion.
Wahama took nearly all of the remaining time off of the first half clock, with a 11-play, 57-yard drive, capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by Stiltner. VanMeter made it in on the two-point conversion run, giving the hosts a 52-22 halftime advantage.
Three plays into the second half, Rocky Kearns came up with his second interception of the game, giving Wahama the ball 14 yards from the end zone.
WHS was ahead 59-22 three plays later, as Roush scored on a seven-yard run and Owen Richardson made the point-after kick.
Kearns claimed his third interception of the game on the ensuing MHS drive, but Wahama lost its third fumble of the day on its next possession.
Three plays later, VanMeter intercepted a pass on the MHS 10 and returned it for the touchdown. Richardson’s extra-point gave the hosts a 66-22 lead with 4:42 left in the third quarter.
Montcalm’s final drive of the contest covered 89 yards in 13 plays, with a 37-yard touchdown pass from Robertson to Grayson Thomason and a Luke Nunn extra-point with 3:23 left in regulation.
In the 66-29 victory, Wahama had a 468-to-355 advantage in total offense, including 356-to-73 on the ground. The White Falcons had a 21-to-11 edge in first downs and won the turnover battle by a 6-to-3 count. WHS was penalized three times for 25 yards, while Montcalm was sent back 45 yards on seven penalties.
VanMeter — who was 3-of-5 passing for 83 yards and two touchdowns — led the White Falcons on the ground with 118 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Roush carried the ball nine times for 80 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while completing his only pass attempt for 29 yards.
Stewart found the end zone three times and combined 10 carries and two receptions for 112 total yards, while Stiltner scored twice and combined six carries with two receptions for 75 total yards.
Logan Roach ran four times for 45 yards in the win, Aaron Henry added 32 yards on three carries, while Bryce Zuspan and Trenton Zuspan carried the ball once each, earning four and two yards respectively.
Robertson — who was 11-of-25 passing for 282 yards and four touchdowns — led MHS on the ground with 14 carries for 68 yards. Green caught a game-best four passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Montcalm receiving unit.
Both teams will play home games on Friday, with Wirt County at Wahama, and Hannan at Montcalm.
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