Mason W.Va. — Kane Roush ran rampant Friday Night in leading the Wahama White Falcons to its eighth straight win after scoring five touchdowns and rushing for 249 yards in 12 carries as the Bend Area team defeated winless South Gallia by a 57-6 margin.
Roush entered the Tri-Valley Conference, Hocking Division outing just 223 yards shy of becoming the 20th Wahama running back to accomplish this feat in the last 35 years. The elusive, fleet-footed junior topped the 1000 yard plateau for the Mason County team on a 31 yard touchdown run with 10:16 to play in the final quarter.
The gridiron victory clinched at least a tie for the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division league title for Coach Ed Cromley’s second ranked White Falcons as Wahama extended its unbeaten string to 8-0 on the year and 7-0 in conference action. WHS has now captured 29 straight regular season contests and is a perfect 23-0 in TVC, Hocking Division play since joining the league in 2010.
An extremely young South Gallia squad saw put forth a gallant fight against the league leaders before succumbing by the one-sided margin. The setback dropped the Rebels 2012 season record to 0-8 overall and 0-7 in Hocking Division play.
Wahama tallied an impressive 516 yards on the ground against South Gallia while throwing for another 115 yards for a net total of 631 offensive yards. Roush enjoyed scoring runs of 64, 15, 60, and 31 yards on his way to a 249 yard rushing night in addition to grabbing a 16 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Trenton Gibbs. Gibbs connected on five of nine aerials in the outing for 115 yards and a score with Roush catching three passes for 69 yards to pace the locals in that category also. Austin Cole had one reception for 39 yards and Wyatt Zuspan one for seven yards for the Bend Area eleven.
Wahama picked up 22 first downs on the evening with Zach Wamsley rushing for 59 yards and two scores while Colton Neal added a 63 touchdown gallop and Pedro Allerano a 15 yard scoring run. Crandal Neal ran for 57 yards on the ground while Demetrius Serevicz added 52 yards in only one carry for the hosts.
South Gallia tallied 152 yards on the ground and 33 through the air for a net offensive total of 185 yards. The Rebels avoided the shutout when Ethan Spurlock broke numerous tackles and raced 73 yards for the visitors lone score of the evening. Spurlock totaled 75 rushing yards with Kenny Wroten notching 44 and Jacob White 29 for South Gallia. Freshman signal caller Landon Hutchinson completed one of four passes for the Rebels for 33 yards with Kane Hutchinson owning the lone reception.
WHS scored one touchdown in the opening quarter on a three yard Wamsley run to gain a 7-0 edge before the White Falcons exploded for three scores in the second period. Roush reached paydirt on all three Falcon touchdowns during the second period with runs of 64 and 15 yards and a 16 yard TD reception from Gibbs to extend the Bend Area teams lead to 26-0 at the half.
The Falcons would blow the game open with two touchdowns in the third stanza as Wamsley burst through the middle on a 13 yard run prior to Roush rambling 60 yards to increase the WHS lead to 38-0.
In the final canto Roush scored his fifth touchdown of the night on a 31 yard scamper before Colton Neal raced 63 yards for another score to increase the Falcons lead to 51-0. Spurlock tallied the Rebels lone six pointer of the day on a nifty 73 yard gallop to make it a 51-6 contest before Pedro Allerano concluded the nights scoring activity with a 15 yard run for the White Falcons.
Wahama, with an open date in its schedule next week, has already clinched its fourth consecutive post-season playoff berth and hope to clinch the TVC, Hocking Division title for the third year in a row succession in two weeks when the White Falcons travel to Miller. South Gallia will conclude its 2012 TVC grid card by hosting Waterford next Friday.