MASON, W.Va. — Although the final outcome may have emerged as expected the ease of the victory proved to be a little surprising as Coach Ed Cromley’s Wahama White Falcon football eleven had no trouble at all in securing a season opening 60-26 gridiron win over the visiting Fayetteville Pirates.
Kane Roush and Colton Neal scored three touchdowns apiece with Hunter Bradley running for one and throwing for another as the Bend Area team had minor difficulty in winning its 32nd consecutive regular season contest.
Wyatt Wooten and Brandon Stewart also added touchdown runs for the White Falcons with Billy Joe McDermitt booting six of nine PAT kicks in the WHS triumph.
Roush finished the night with 134 yards rushing in 10 carries while scoring on first half runs of 16 and 57 yards. Roush also picked off a Pirate pass and returned the pigskin 38 yards for six points.
Neal enjoyed an equally impressive outing with touchdown runs of 53 and 30 yards in addition to snaring a 46 yard scoring pass from Bradley. Neal rambled 53 yards through the middle on the game’s opening offensive play for the Falcons’ initial score and Wahama never looked back.
Bradley also experienced a successful beginning to his Falcon football career with a touchdown pass and six pass completions in seven tries for 99 yards. He was picked off once during the contest.
Wahama scored at least two times in all four quarters and finished with 474 yards of total offense with 374 yards rushing and another 100 yards through the air.
Fayetteville added two scores in each of the final two periods and completed the outing with 374 yards of total offense. The Pirates were limited to just 91 yards offensively in the opening two quarters before taking advantage of the inexperienced Falcon reserves during second half action.
A pair of scores by Roush and another by Neal with the point after boots by McDermitt provided WHS with a comfortable 20-0 edge after the game’s first 12 minutes. Another touchdown by Neal and one by Bradley upped the lead to 33-0 at the half before Neal’s 30 yard run in the third quarter all but put the game away. The two opponents traded scorers throughout the remainder of the contest.
Roush, Wooten and Stewart crossed the goal line for Wahama with William Fenton tossing a pair of TD passes to Dalton Dempsey in addition to a five yard run by Tasheem Saunders accounting for the Pirates point total.
Saunders enjoyed a game high 138 yards on the ground and another 44 yards receiving for Fayetteville with Fenton connecting on 13 of 19 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Roush and Garrett Miller picked off Fenton offerings during the outing for the White Falcons with Dempsey intercepting a Falcon offering in the affair.
The season opening victory by the White Falcons now sets the stage for a battle with Trimble next week in what has become the battle for the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division.
The Tomcats will visit Bachtel Stadium in Mason next Friday night in what many consider the game of the year for both teams. Kickoff time is set for 7:30 pm. Fayetteville will travel to Midland Trail in search of its first victory.