BUFFALO -- Wahama played without its regular starting quarterback but exerted all the power and force of a defending state champion as the White Falcons routed Buffalo 66-18 on Friday night.
Senior Wyatt Zuspan played in place of regular quarterback Hunter Bradley, and the White Falcons did not miss a beat in the team's regular season finale.
With the win, Class A defending titlist Wahama (9-1) figures to lock in a home playoff game as it entered the game No. 8 in the playoff rankings.
Wahama Coach Dave Barr said he did not expect to miss a beat with Zuspan playing for Bradley, a transfer from Roane County who missed to attend a family matter.
"Wyatt's a four-year guy and he would have been our starter had we not picked up Hunter," Barr said. "He knows the offense and is confident in it. He's somebody that I really trust wherever I have to put him, anywhere. I know he'll get the job done."
Zuspan finished 7 of 9 passing for 81 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half, in a game Wahama controlled from the opening kickoff. He added three carries for 46 yards and a TD.
Meanwhile, senior running back Kane Roush asserted his dominance with 11 carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, Roush caught four passes for 42 yards and a score.
"Kane, he's just really special to coach," Barr said. "He's such a great kid, and I've told everybody I've talked to he's just lightning in a bottle. You just never know. He's so explosive. He's one of the most explosive athletes I've ever coached in 25 years."
In victory, Roush said the greatest achievement came in postseason implications.
"It's good knowing that we locked our first-round home playoff game," he said.
Without the team's No. 1 quarterback, the White Falcons maintained focus, Roush added.
"We did what we had to do, played without him," Roush said. "We put Zuspan in there and he did a good job tonight. We couldn't ask for anything better."
At halftime, Wahama led 46-6 and many starters saw little playing time in the second half, as the White Falcons cemented Buffalo's winless season. The Bison (0-10) continued to fight by scoring twice more in the second half, including a 65-yard run by senior Isaiah Robinson.
Buffalo Coach Mike Sawyer said the challenging season, fraught with injuries, proved difficult for the squad's seniors to endure, but will yield dividends in the coming years for the program.
"The seniors -- we didn't have very many of them, but they had to go through it," Sawyer said. "It's tough on them, but hopefully it will be a building block for the young kids. Like I told them out on the field [after the game], remember this feeling. I don't want to feel like this again. Hopefully, they've learned a lot and next year we'll come back and be much improved."
For Wahama, the season continues, and the opponent, site and time will be determined over the weekend. Should Wahama host a playoff game, Barr said it will be held again at Point Pleasant, as in past years.
In the first quarter, Wahama quickly built a 24-0 lead. Zuspan threw to Roush for a 2-yard pass on the first score. Later, Roush scored on a 1-yard run and Randall Robie provided the next TD when he ran back an interception 38 yards.
Buffalo scored its lone first-half TD with 1:11 remaining in the first quarter. On fourth-and-19 from the 33, freshman quarterback Connor Fields threw to Jordan Tucker for a short pass. Tucker caught the pass, reversed field and took it to the end zone.
Wahama 66, Buffalo 18
Wahama24 22 14 6 - 66
Buffalo6 0 12 0 - 18
First downs 23 9
Total yards 480 207
Rushes-yards 41-399 33-122