Federal Hocking High School hosted one of this week’s most high profile matchups as they welcomed the undefeated Wahama White Falcons. The Federal Hocking Lancers have surprised many in the Tri-Valley Conference by starting the season at 5-1 and tied atop the conference with the usual favorite, Wahama, but could not topple the favored White Falcons and ultimately fell 24-6.
The game began positively for Federal Hocking as they pieced together a near flawless 83 yard drive to put them up by six. Quarterback Kyle Jackson ignited the passing offense with his accuracy while he failed to throw an incomplete pass on the first Lancer drive.
Wahama would not be discouraged and would assemble a drive of their own, knotting the score at 6-6. The Lancers struggled all night with missed opportunities and turned the ball over to Wahama, which eventually led to another score. With the lead at 12-6, Federal Hocking stalled once again, but pinned Wahama deep in their own territory.
Wahama coughed up the ball and set the Lancers up with a huge opportunity to score from just five yards out. The Lancers, however, failed to cash in on the golden opportunity and went to halftime trailing the White Falcons 12-6.
When the second half got rolling, the Lancer defense held strong and put themselves in position to take the lead. While he performed at a high level in most of the first half, Kyle Jackson and his offense struggled to move the ball and ended up giving it back to Wahama and that was the story for the rest of the night. Wahama profited off of two more scores and pulled off a gritty victory, winning by 18 points.
For the Lancers to win, they knew that they had to be led by an efficient passing game by Jackson and a tough running game from running back Delbert Crum. While they had success in most of the first half with a lot of help from a stout defense, Wahama running back Zack Wamsley eventually wore down the Lancer defense with 125 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.
On the Lancers side, Jackson threw 19-for-25 for 207 yards and a touchdown, but threw two interceptions and one was returned for a score. The Lancers put up a hard fight against a great Wahama team, but they must move past the loss as they face Miller, and Wahama will look to keep rolling against South Gallia next week.