MASON, W.Va. — Anthony Grimm and Kane Roush scored three first half touchdowns apiece to lead the Wahama White Falcons to an easy 74-8 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division football win over visiting Miller Friday evening before a cold damp crowd on senior night at the Bend Area campus.
Grimm ran for 128 yards in 10 carries while scoring on runs of 53, one and 27 yards with Roush adding 66 yards on the ground in just six tries in addition to reaching the end zone on runs of 20 and 10 yards and a 25 yard touchdown pass from Isaac Lee. J.R. Jewell also had a big night offensively for the White Falcons with two long touchdown runs of 54 and 58 yards and 115 yards in just three carries.
The victory gave Wahama the outright championship in TVC Hocking Division play for the second year in a row as the Bend Area team remained unbeaten on the 2011 campaign with a 9-0 overall mark and a second straight 8-0 record in league play. Miller saw their season come to an end with a 1-9 record in all games and a 1-7 slate inside the TVC Conference.
The Mason County team honored 18 senior football players, one senior cheerleader and eight senior band members throughout the night in addition to recognizing three successful former teachers and coaches. Zack Warth, Isaac Lee, Tyler Roush, Joey Kimes, D.J. Gibbs,, J.R. Jewell, Jake Buzzard, Clay VanMeter, Andres Moya, Anthony Grimm, Matthew Stewart, Gaylon Kaylor, Jeremy Cundiff, Evan Smith, Jeremy Ohlinger, Colton McKinney, Jonathan Hoffman and Jamin Branch all performed for the final time at Bachtel Stadium for the White Falcons. Don VanMeter, Gary Fields and Keith Sayre were honored as former teachers and coaches at the Bend Area School.
WHS was forced to play without three starters who were injured. Two year starting quarterback, Trenton Gibbs, and senior corner, D.J. Gibbs, were held out of the contest after suffering injuries in last weeks win over Madonna. Trenton Gibbs is nursing a shoulder injury while D.J. Gibbs had his season come to an abrupt end following a broken leg against the Blue Dons. Senior lineman, Evan Smith, returned to action late in the game and was used sparingly for the first time since incurring a knee injury early in the season.
Again the Bend Area defensive eleven came up big in limiting Miller to just one touchdown and 133 yards in total offense. Again Jamin Branch led the Bend Area team defensively with Zack Wamsley, Crandale Neal, Matthew Stewart and Jonathan Hoffman also having huge games for the WHS defense.
The White Falcon’s held the visitors to just 26 yards in total offense in the first half with Miller picking up 127 yards during the final two quarters of play against the second and third teams of WHS to finish the evening with 133 yards. The Falcons lone score on the night came on a five yard run by Dakota Bond to cap a 67 yard, 15 play drive with Cody Starner picking up the two-point conversion with 4:19 remaining in the TVC outing.
Wahama scored a pair of first period touchdowns with Kane Roush reaching the end zone on runs of 20 and 10 yards. Isaac lee and Anthony Grimm tallied the conversion runs to give WHS a 16-0 edge after 12:00 minutes of play.
Anthony Grimm tacked on two straight scores to open second quarter action with a 53 yard burst through the middle and a one yard plunge. Kane Roush hauled in a conversion pass from Lee after the first touchdown with Lee rambling in following the second score to increase the locals lead to 32-0 with just under six minutes left in the opening half.
Two more touchdowns prior to the intermission break turned the contest into a rout early. Roush hauled in a 25 yard scoring pass from Lee with 2:10 left in the second period before Grimm ran 27 yards inside the final minute of the half. Lee added another two-point conversion to stake Wahama to a 46-0 halftime lead.
The White Falcons continued its assault on the Miller defense with an additional 22 points during the third canto. Isaac Lee rambled 80 yards with the second half kickoff before J.R. Jewell came off the sideline to score on back-to-back runs of 54 and 58 yards. Jewell and Timmy Gibbs added point after runs to make it a 68-0 White Falcon lead after three quarters.
Miller avoided the shutout with a long, time consuming drive in the final stanza before Colton Neal capped off the nights scoring for the hosts with a 40 yard scamper to make the final tally 74-8.
WHS totaled 413 yards in total offense in the contest with Grimm and Jewell both topping the 100 yard mark. Roush tallied 66 yards on the ground with Lee completing one of five passes for 25 yards and one touchdown.
Miller was led by Dakota Bond with 51 yards in 23 carries with Jakob Bond adding 27 yards in 11 tries. Falcon quarterback Garrett Sinift completed one of six aerials for seven yards with Tyler Roush and Benny Youkers picking off a Sinift offering for Wahama.
The White Falcons (9-0) will face what may very well be its stiffest test of the regular season next week when they travel to Putnam County to take on ninth rated, Buffalo (7-2) in the 2011 regular season finale for both teams. The Bison’s’ lone setbacks on the year have come to sixth ranked Wirt County (33-29) and to fifth rated Fayetteville (27-26 in overtime).
Wahama 74, Miller 8
M0-0-0-8 — 8
W16-30-22-6 — 74
W — Kane Roush 20 run (Isaac Lee run), 2:49
W — Roush 10 run (Anthony Grimm run), :53
W — Grimm 53 yard run (Roush pass from Lee), 9:57
W — Grimm 1 run (Lee run), 5:33
W — Roush 25 pass from Lee (Lee run), 2:10
W — Grimm 27 run (run failed), :59
W — Isaac Lee 80 kickoff return (J.R. Jewell run), 11:47
W — Jewell 54 run (run failed), 8:37
W — Jewell 58 run (Timmy Gibbs run), :35
M — Dakota Bond 5 run (Cody Starner run), 4:19
W — Colton Neal 40 run (run failed), 2:52
First Downs — M: 8, W: 15;
Rushes-yards — M: 55-126, W: 29-388;
Passing yards — M: 7, W: 25;
Total yards — M: 133, W: 413;
Cmp-Att-Int — M: 1-7-2, W: 1-5-0;
Fumbles-lost — M: 4-0, W: 0-0;
Penatlies-yards — M: 7-45, W: 6-50.
Rushing — M: Dakota Bond 23-51, Jakob Bond 11-27, Nick Morgan 3-19, C. J. Hall 8-18, Cody Starner 5-17, Dakota WIlson 1-(-1), Garrett Sinift 3-(-2), Jake Bennett 1-(-3); W: Anthony Grimm 10-128, J.R. Jewell 3-115, Kane Roush 6-66, Colton Neal 2-39, Wyatt Wooten 2-17, Isaac Lee 2-13, Crandale Neal 3-10, Austin Cole 1-0.
Passing —M: Garrett Sinift 1-6-2 7, Matthew Sinift 0-1-0 0; W: Isaac Lee 1-5- 0 25.
Recieving —M: Wesley June 1-7; W: Kane Roush 1-25.