Belpre falls to Wahama, 60-8

BELPRE – Kane Roush accounted for five of Wahama’s six first-half touchdowns and totaled 301 all-purpose yards Friday night as the visiting White Falcons bested Belpre 60-8 in a TVC Hocking Division football gane.

Wahama, the defending West Virginia Class A state champion, improved to 3-1 with the lopsided win, while the host Golden Eagles fell to 1-3 after their third straight setback.

It didn’t take but 33 seconds for the White Falcons to make their presence felt Friday.

On the second play from scrimmage, Roush got outside and sped down the sideline 66 yards into the end zone for a 7-0 score at the 11:27 mark. But that was just a prelude to what was still to come, much to the chagrin of the Golden Eagle fans in attendance.

On the first play of Wahama’s next possession, Roush scored on a 55-yard pass from quarterback Hunter Bradley, who rolled out right and fired downfield to Roush, who gathered it in at the Belpre 20 and went in for the touchdown at 8:40 of the first quarter.

Then Roush returned a punt 80 yards for a TD at the 6:33 mark of the first. He retreated to catch the boot and went up the sideline to inside Belpre territory before cutting diagonally across the field, avoiding the last two defenders to go in for the score and a 21-0 bulge.

To finish Wahama’s 27-point first period, Colton Neal went 16 yards up the middle to paydirt with 2:02 left.

A fumble recovery by Gavin Stalnaker at the Belpre 20 stopped another Wahama threat at 8:52 of the second atanza.

But the White Falcons tacked on two more TDs before the first half ended with Wahama on top 41-0. Roush scored on a seven-yard sweep at 2:38 and caught a 33-yard throwback TD pass from Bradley at 22.9 seconds.

The third quarter saw a 40-yard TD romp by Neal and a 92-yard interception return for a score by Bradley.

And in the final eight minutes, Timmy Gibbs went six yards for six more points as the lead mounted to 60-0 before Belpre scored with just four minutes remaining on a 39-yard TD scamper by quarterback Tavian Miller, who then added the two-point conversion run.