Prep football playoffs: Wahama shuts out Buffalo
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. - Buffalo Coach Mike Sawyer was worried about his team's psyche entering Friday night's first-round Class A football playoff game against unbeaten Wahama.
After watching his team suffer a lopsided road loss at Wahama in their regular season finale, Sawyer wasn't sure how his team would respond just one week later.
Unfortunately for Sawyer, it didn't take long to find out as No. 3 Wahama (11-0) dominated from start to finish in a 38-0 shellacking of the No. 13 Bison (7-4) Friday night at Point Pleasant High School.
Wahama rolled up 583 total offensive yards, including 551 rushing yards on 65 attempts, while limited the Bison's normally potent offense to just 129 total yards in 42 plays.
Buffalo was held to minus-1 yards rushing on 19 attempts.
"We just didn't come to play," said a disappointed Sawyer. "It was like they were done after last week. I was worried about that, how their psyche would be this week and that team was just a lot tougher than we were.
"We had trouble blocking them, we had trouble moving the ball on offense, we had trouble stopping them on defense and I don't know about our special teams...on all three phases we weren't very strong and they were just better than we were.
"We didn't come to play like we needed to."
Shifty junior Kane Roush led the White Falcons with 206 rushing yards on 16 attempts, including four touchdowns, while senior fullback Zack Wamsley added 134 yards on 21 carries and two more scores.
Wahama scored on every first half possession en route to a 26-0 halftime advantage.
"It's the playoffs and it's a whole different ballgame," said Roush. "If you lose, you're out, so we came in tonight with a whole lot more fire than we did last week."
Wamsley credited the White Falcons' physical play for the lopsided outcome.
"We pride ourselves on our physicality," said Wamsley. "We believe that the most physical football team wins every football game, so we just try to put it to them every time.
"We know if we lose, we're done, so we bring all we had."
Roush started the scoring with a 20 yard TD run on Wahama's opening possession and added a second first half score with a 1-yard plunge just eight seconds before the half.
Wamsley chipped in with first half TD runs of 11 and 6 yards.
Wahama's size against the undersized Bison defenders helped unleash its punishing ground game.
"I thought we played real well," said Wahama Coach Ed Cromley, whose team wasn't forced to punt. "Back-to-back was kind of a concern to us, but we used the physical play of last week as a jump off point to take off in this game.
"We were so much bigger than they are and you can't coach big and you can't coach fast. So when they were smaller than thus, that hurt them a lot."
The Bison defense got its first stop of the evening when Isaiah Robinson halted a Wahama drive by picking off a pass from Trenton Gibbs in the end zone, but Buffalo was forced to punt after a three-and-out.
Wahama answered five minutes later on Roush's third score, this one from two yards out with 4:35 left in the third quarter.
Roush closed out the scoring with a 10-yard run with 9:27 to play.
Wahama will host the winner of today's game between No. 6 Greenbrier West (9-1) and No. 11 Meadow Bridge (8-2) next Friday or Saturday.
Pairings for the second round will be announced Sunday morning.
WAHAMA 38, BUFFALO 0
First downs 6 32
Total yards 129 583
Rushes-yards 19-(-1) 65-551
Passing yards 130 32
Comp-Att-Int 14-23-1 2-7-1
Punts-Avg. 5-37.8 0-0.0
Fumbles-lost 3-0 1-1
Penalties-yards 5-37 8-60
Buffalo 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Wahama 14 12 6 6 -- 38
Wahama - Kane Roush 20 run (Zack Wamsley kick) 8:15
Wahama - Wamsley 11 run (Wamsley kick) 3:42
Wahama - Wamsley 6 run (kick failed) 6:59
Wahama - Roush 1 run (kick failed) :08
Wahama - Roush 2 run (kick blocked) 4:55
Wahama - Roush 10 run (run failed) 9:27
Rushing: Buffalo - Jordan Tucker 1-16, Caleb Tucker 1-1, Laythen Good 4-(minus-6), Levi Jordan 13-(minus-12); Wahama - Roush 16-206, Wamsley 21-134, Crandale Neal 11-74, Trenton Gibbs 6-67, Colton Neal 7-62, Timmy Gibbs 2-12, Demitrius Serevicz 2-(-4).
Passing: Buffalo - Jordan 14-23-1, 130 yards; Wahama - Trenton Gibbs 2-6-1, 32 yards; Wyatt Zuspan 0-1-0, 0.
Receiving: Buffalo - Good 5-52, Jordan Tucker 4-14, Gabe Garrison 2-43, Isaiah Robinson 2-18, Garrison Erwin 1-3; Wahama - Roush 1-26, Zuspan 1-6.