Updated Wed, Nov 20, 2013 7:42 pm
The No. 8 Wahama White Falcons used a big second half surge to take down No. 9 Clay-Battelle last weekend. The White Falcons will need an even better performance to take down the top-seed Madonna Blue Dons in round two.
Wahama's success must start on the defensive side of the ball, as the Blue Dons have senior Ross Comis running the offense. Comis is one of the best signal callers in the state of West Virginia and has had another productive year at the quarterback position. Coach Dave Barr knows that the White Falcons will have their hands full.
"Comis is a do it all quarterback,” Barr said. "He's got a huge arm, good speed, and in the open field is a handful.”
Barr went on to say that his team must recognize formations, and most importantly gang tackle Comis.
"We can't get in one on one situations in the open field,” he said. "[Comis is] too big and quick. He's really good at making people look bad."
Barr also sees discipline as a key factor in Saturday’s game.
"We have had way too many penalties and need to cut those down,” Barr said. "We really shot ourselves in the foot last week and allowed Batelle to get an early jump."
Discipline shouldn't be a huge factor. A talented slew of seniors will take the field for what they hope isn't the final time.
Gridiron Glory Player of the Year finalist Kane Roush will have a chance to show what he is made of in this huge matchup. Madonna is the top team in the state rankings, but at the same time Wahama is the defending champ. The White Falcons beat Madonna on a gutsy 2-point conversion call in overtime of the Class A state championship game a year ago, 43-42.
Needless to say, the target will be on Wahama's back.
Offensively Wahama will have to be in top form. Madonna comes into the matchup having held seven different teams below 10 points. The Blue Don run defense has been superb.
The pressure is on for Kane Roush and Colton Neal, the two headed monster that ran through every defense the TVC-Hocking had to offer (minus Trimble). The two will have the pressure on their shoulders, as Wahama looks to move one step closer to another state title.
Kickoff is slated for Saturday at 7:30 on Madonna’s home turf.