BUFFALO, W.Va. — The Wahama White Falcon football team failed in its effort to avoid its first losing season in 10 years after falling to fifth rated Buffalo by a 66-27 margin Friday night in the 2015 regular season finale.
The White Falcons stayed in contention throughout the midway point of the third quarter before Buffalo put the contest away with 26 unanswered points over the final 18 minutes of the contest. The win ultimately came down to the big play capabilities of the Bison offense, with eight of their nine scoring drives taking just four plays or less.
Buffalo concluded the regular season with its second straight victory over the Bend Area eleven and will enter the postseason with an undefeated 10-0 record. Wahama, for the first time since 2005, suffered through a losing grid campaign in finishing the year with a 4-6 mark.
Dylan Lucas and Ethan Burgess led a punishing Buffalo offensive attack with the Putnam County team piling up nearly 600 yards in total offense. Lucas scored six touchdowns while rushing for 212 yards in only 12 carries and catching two passes for 88 yards with Burgess piling up 135 yards on the ground in addition to scoring once and tossing three touchdown passes after completing six of 10 aerials for 156 yards .
The White Falcons, despite falling behind by 21 points in the opening quarter, rallied behind the play of senior running back/receiver Jared Nutter. Nutter scored all four of the Falcons touchdowns on the evening in addition to adding a two-point conversion run.
The returning All-State defensive back dented the end zone on a first period one yard run, a pair of second quarter touchdown pass receptions from Philip Hoffman covering 11 and 28 yards in addition to an 82 yard kickoff return for a score in the third canto.
Buffalo leaped out to a 21-0 first quarter advantage with all three of the touchdowns coming in just six offensive plays. Lucas owned two of those scores with runs of 17 and 52 yards while Burgess added the other with a 26 yard run. Wahama closed the deficit to 21-8 in the final minute of the initial quarter when Nutter capped an 11 play 70 yard drive with a one yard run.
Buffalo increased its edge to 28-8 early in the second on a Jacob Hanshaw 20 yard run but again the White Falcons battled back on a pair of Hoffman to Nutter touchdown throws. The Bison negated the Bend Area teams late scores in the half’s final minute when Burgess connected with Lucas on a 49 yard TD pass to stake Buffalo to a 34-21 halftime lead.
The second half proved to be all Bison but not before Wahama stayed within striking distance for the first half of the third stanza. Lucas opened the second half scoring with a 51 yard run before Nutter ran the ensuing kickoff back 82 yards to keep the White Falcons within two scores. That would be the extent of the Bend Area team’s battle as Buffalo scored 26 unanswered points to bring the final tally 66-27.
Wahama totaled 226 yards in total offense on the night with 85 yards on the ground and another 141 through the airways. Nutter picked up 46 yards and Hoffman 24 on the ground for the White Falcons with Hoffman topping the 1,000 mark in passing on the season with 141 yards on 13 of 20 completions and two touchdown tosses. Nutter led the receiving corp with six catches for 56 yards a two scores while Ricky Kearns grabbed four passes for 50 yards and Ryan Thomas three catches for 35 yards.
Gary Clark is a sports correspondent for Ohio Valley Publishing.