Updated Sat, Oct 5, 2013 4:42 pm
The Wahama White Falcons picked up a 28-14 road win in the TVC-Hocking Friday night against Southern, breaking the Tornadoes’ 5-game winning streak with their well-executed running game and ability to convert on crucial fourth downs.
Southern found some early momentum after Wahama fumbled on its own 14-yard line. The Tornadoes snatched it up and ran it within one yard of scoring territory. Tyler Barton picked up the loose change on the next play and rushed the ball into the end zone for a Southern touchdown putting the Tornadoes up, 6-0, with 9:30 left in the first quarter. Barton had 17 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown on the night.
The White Falcons made something of their ensuing possession after a Tornadoes encroachment penalty, which was followed by a 31-yard pass from Hunter Bradley to Brandon Stewart to the Southern 17-yard line. Two plays later, Colton Neal carried the ball eight yards for his first of three touchdowns on the night. Southern blocked the PAT and kept the 7-6 lead with 6:57 left in the first quarter.
Southern had a chance to respond on its next possession, but the White Falcons ramped up the pressure on Tristen Wolfe when Wyatt Zuspan tackled him to the turf and forced him to throw an interception. Wahama capitalized on this opportunity when Neal ran it into the end zone for a White Falcon touchdown. Their two-point conversion was unsuccessful, and they took the 12-7 lead with five minutes to go in the quarter.
Neal had 16 carries for 105 yards on the night, 64 of which he collected in the second half. His third touchdown came in the second half, on a rush from two yards out.
Southern almost forced Wahama to go three-and-out on their next possession, when they tipped the ball for a near interception and held them short of the first down. But the White Falcons executed a fake kick, and Roush scampered up the sideline for the first down. He continued to propel his team up the field and rushed for another four-yard touchdown, which put Wahama up, 20-7, heading into halftime. Roush had 14 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown.
Southern raked in one more touchdown when Wolfe ran it in for nine yards on a quarterback keeper. Wolfe went 7-for-17 on the night and threw for 58 yards. He also had 40 rushing yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Wahama takes on Federal Hocking at home next week, while Southern will travel to Miller.