WATERFORD, Ohio — A tough night for the road team.
The Wahama football team was unable to recover from a 16-point hole after the first period on Friday night, as host Waterford shut out the White Falcons 44-0 in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division contest in Washington County.
Braden Bellville opened the scoring for the Wildcats (5-2, 4-1 TVC Hocking) with a 16-yard rushing touchdown, followed by a successful two-point conversion run by Zane Heiss to take an 8-0 advantage.
The Red and White (1-6, 1-5) trailed by a 16-point deficit in the first period, when Peyten Stephens connected with George Pantelidis on a four-yard pass and Rhys Tatcher hauled in a pass for the successful two-point attempt.
Leading 16-0 in the second quarter, Waterford added two additional rushing touchdowns — a two-yard run by Stephens and three-yard scamper by Holden Dailey — before Pantelidis hauled in a 24-yard catch to extend their lead to 38-o at the midway mark.
Following the intermission, the Wildcats extended their margin to 44-0, as Belville punched in an 11-yard rushing touchdown.
Both teams were held scoreless in the finale, as Waterford closed out a 44-point setback of the White Falcons.
The hosts claimed a 16-6 edge in first downs, while also finishing with a sizable 345-111 advantage in total yards. Wahama was held to just one-yard on the ground, as the Wildcats rushed for 224 yards in the contest.
The Green and White outgained the visitors by a slight margin of 121-110 through the air.
The White Falcons committed two turnovers in the contest, both by way of interception, as the hosts lost one fumble. Waterford was flagged for seven times for 62 yards, while the Red and White were penalized five times for 25 yards.
Wahama also had four of the five punts in the contest, with an average of 19.3 yards per punt.
The setback for Wahama extends the Wildcats head-to-head streak to four consecutive victories.
Up next for the White Falcons, a home date with TVC Hocking foe South Gallia.
Kickoff for the Week 8 contest at Bachtel Stadium in Mason County is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Scott Jones can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext 2106.