Preview: Wahama Welcomes Fed Hock For First Game Of Post-Cromley Era

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Since before the 2013 football season began, the Federal Hocking Lancers have been preparing for a rematch with the Wahama White Falcons. The Lancers are hungry for revenge after a battle that could have gone either way last season. Only leading by six at halftime, Wahama escaped with a 24-6 victory to maintain its perfect record.

The White Falcons eventually went on to win a third consecutive TVC-Hocking title.

This weekend, the White Falcons’ sideline will be without Ed Cromley for the first time in 19 seasons. The longtime coach’s unexpected retirement shook things up in Mason, W.Va., headed into this week’s contest.

Still the White Falcons do not plan to make many adjustments to their game plan.

“My job is to not mess it up,” interim coach Dave Barr said. Barr will coach his first game in the post-Cromley era Friday.

“We will go into it doing the things we’ve been doing,” Barr said. “We’ll work hard blocking and tackling better than the other team, and just be as polished as we can be, and be really focused the rest of the way.

The White Falcons proved they are still a conference powerhouse in a 28-14 win at Southern in week 6. It was the Tornadoes’ first loss of the season.

Federal Hocking struggled last week, giving up 54 points to a pesky South Gallia team on the road. The Lancers have posted an impressive margin of victory of 36.0 points per game in their three wins this season. But in three defeats, Fed Hock has lost by an average of 27.6 points per contest.

Wahama has two offensive weapons in the backfield in Colton Neal and Kane Roush, who will be a handful for the Lancers.

As the White Falcons continue to roll through conference opponents, their main goal is to handle the success one week at a time.

“We’ve had a great week of practice,” Roush said. “We’ve had a lot of preparation, had a lot of scouting on the team. I think we are going to have a good game.”

Federal Hocking will try to put a damper on the homecoming festivities for Wahama, as the Lancers travel to Bachtel Stadium for a clash with the White Falcons Friday, Oct. 11. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.