White Falcons soar past Federal Hocking, 20-0

By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com

STEWART, Ohio — The White Falcons took some time to take out some frustration.

The Wahama football team had suffered three consecutive losses headed into Friday night’s Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division clash at Federal Hocking, and the White Falcons rolled to 373 yards of total offense and a 20-0 victory over the Lancers.

Wahama (2-3, 1-3 TVC Hocking) scored its first and only first half touchdown with 7:20 remaining in the opening period, when senior Wyatt Edwards found paydirt with a six-yard run. The point-after kick failed, but the White Falcons led 6-0 at the half.

Edwards scored again with 7:10 left in the third period, this time from one yard out. WHS junior Colton Arrington ran in the two-point conversion to give the Red and White a 14-0 edge.

WHS added a little insurance with 3:23 left in regulation, as sophomore Brady Bumgarner punched into the endzone with a one-yard run. The two-point attempt failed, but the White Falcons claimed the 20-0 victory and their eighth straight win over the Lancers (0-5, 0-4).

For the game, Wahama held a 20-to-6 advantage in first downs and a 373-to-121 advantage in total offense, including a 315-to-99 edge on the ground. Federal Hocking committed 10 penalties for 70 yards, while WHS was flagged nine times for 45 yards. The White Falcons committed the game’s lone turnover, fumbling the ball away once.

Edwards finished with 119 yards and two touchdowns to lead Wahama’s ground attack, while also catching one pass for 13 yards. Arrington rushed 16 times for 87 yards and caught one pass for 19 yards, while Bumgarner added 65 yards and one TD on eight carries.

WHS junior quarterback Bryton Grate — who rushed four times for a total of 36 yards — was 8-of-13 passing for 58 yards, in the win. Johnnie Board hauled in four passes for 42 yards, Colton Hendrick caught one two-yard pass, while Ronin Madill rushed twice for a total of eight yards.

Madill led the Wahama defense with six solo tackles, including one for a loss.

Gavin Conkle led the Lancers on the ground with 87 yards on 10 attempts, while also catching one five-yard pass. Walker Church posted 23 yards on eight carries, Peyton Gates had one rush for seven yards, while completing 3-of-5 passes for nine yards.

Dillon Wilfong completed 3-of-10 pass attempts for 13 yards, while rushing eight times for a net of minus-18 yards. Bryce Gates caught three passes for 11 yards, while Trevor Bell hauled in two passes for six yards in the loss.

Wahama will look to keep things going as it visits 3-2 Trimble, on Friday.

The Lancers have now lost 16 consecutive games and will visit 5-0 Southern next.

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

By Alex Hawley