White Falcons swoop by South Gallia, 46-28

Gary Clark Special to OVP

October 19, 2013

MERCERVILLE, Ohio — Kane Roush scored four touchdowns while running for 258 yards in 20 carries Friday evening to lead the visiting Wahama White Falcons past a stubborn South Gallia Rebel eleven by a 46-28 margin in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division outing.

The speedy White Falcon running back topped the 1000 yard rushing mark with his 258 yard effort while also becoming the All-Time career rushing leader at the Bend Area School. Roush scored three rushing touchdowns covering 20, 37 and 53 yards in addition to hauling in a 59 yard reception on a Hunter Bradley pass. Colton Neal totaled 133 yards on the ground for Wahama (7-1, 6-1 TVC Hocking) while scoring one touchdown and adding four point after conversion runs.

Despite the Mason County team tallying 470 yards of total offense the Rebels (4-4, 3-4) staged a huge battle against their TVC rivals. Jacob White gave the White Falcon defense fits the entire game with White finishing the contest with an impressive three touchdowns and 187 yards rushing in 17 carries for the Rebels.

The win was the sixth straight for Wahama as they improve to 7-1 overall on the 2013 campaign and 6-1 in conference action. South Gallia dropped its second straight outing and falls to 4-4 on the year and 3-4 in league play.

The contest and the play of the Rebels created a football outing that ended up being much closer than anticipated. South Gallia gained the early lead with 3:19 to play in the opening quarter by traveling 79 yards in 10 plays. White set the stage of the entire evening by breaking tackle after tackle throughout the drive and capped the scoring series with a seven yard run. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful giving South Gallia a 6-0 edge.

Wahama answered the Rebels first score on their next possession when Hunter Bradley found Roush on a 59 yard scoring pass to even the count at 6-6 on the final play of the first period. Colton Neal scored the first of four conversion runs following the touchdown to stake Wahama to an 8-6 lead.

Again South Gallia came back to regain the advantage behind another long scoring drive spearheaded by White and Ethan Spurlock. Landon Hutchinson concluded the 54 yard, eight play drive, with a 10 yard run to put the Rebels back in front. Hutchinson tossed a successful PAT pass to Mikey Wheeler to give South Gallia a 14-8 edge with 7:58 remaining in the half.

Wahama would rally back in the final minutes of the second quarter by denting the end zone twice before the intermission break. Roush evened the score with a 20 yard run at the 6:08 mark with Bradley tacking on the point after run to give WHS the lead for good at 16-14. Roush would add a 37 yard run and Neal the two-point conversion run with 1:04 to play to stake Wahama to a 24-14 lead at the half.

The White Falcons extended its advantage to 38-14 with two additional scores during third quarter action. Bradley reached paydirt from four yards out at the 7:26 mark with Roush adding a 53 yard run with 1:56 remaining in the stanza. Neal added another two-point conversion run following the Falcons second touchdown run of the quarter.

The Rebels kept battling back with White adding another South Gallia score on a 50 yard run with 1:08 left in the period. Dakota Wroten added the conversion run to pull the hosts to within a two possession game.

Neal concluded the Falcons scoring on the night early in the final quarter after going into the end zone from two yards away. The senior running back also added the extra point run to push the Falcons lead to 46-22 with 9:49 left in the contest. White ended the Rebel scoring by capping off another fine drive with a six yard run with 5:29 to play in the game. The PAT pass failed with the final score showing the Falcons with a hard fought 46-28 count.

Wahama totaled 21 first downs on the night and 470 yards in total offense. WHS had 409 yards on the ground and 61 yards through the air. Roush’s 258 yards in 20 carries was the game’s leading rusher with Neal adding 133 yards in 17 carries for the visitors. Bradley connected on two of seven passes on the evening for 61 yards and a 59 yard touchdown toss to Roush.

South Gallia enjoyed an uncommon 326 yards in total offense against the White Falcons with White leading the way with 187 yards of the Rebels 271 yard rushing total. Ethan Spurlock ran for 38 yards in 11 carries for South Gallia in addition to completing one of four passes for 32 yards. Landon Hutchinson picked up 28 yards rushing and connected on one of three aerials for 23 yards with Kane Hutchinson grabbing one pass for 32 yards and Mikey Wheeler one for 23 yards.

Wahama will enjoy an open date on its grid schedule next week before finishing the year with a home date against Miller and an away contest at rival Buffalo. South Gallia travels to Waterford next week before closing out the season at home against Van.