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Game of the Week Preview: Lancers Look to Capture First Conference Win Since 2014

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One game is all it takes to turn your season around. For Federal Hocking and Wahama, Friday could be that game when the two squads match up in this week’s Gridiron Glory Game of the Week. 

Both teams sit at 1-3 with Federal Hocking defeating the Hundred Hornets 28-20 in week one, their first win since October 24, 2014. That date also marks their last time they defeated a TVC-Hocking foe. The Lancers will be looking to flip that script Friday night when they travel across the Ohio River into Wahama, where they believe this could be a season-changing game. 

First year coach Jeff Ditty has completely rebuilt the Lancers’ team into a team that is driven and determined to prove people wrong, and he got off to the right start by snapping their 41-game losing streak in his first ever game as head coach.

The White Falcons of Wahama got their first win of the season over the Miller Falcons in week 2 when they scored a season-high 24 points. Since that 24-20 victory, Wahama has been outscored 107-44 by Southern and Belpre, so they’ll be looking to get back on the right track. 

Every year, the Federal Hocking-Wahama game has been the game that Lancer fans believe they have the best chance and it’s no different this year. 

One guy to keep an eye out for is Lancers safety and wide receiver, Noah Robinson. In the Southern game, he was a playmaker on both sides of the ball. He is the anchor to that Lancer defense. Friday Night will be a good opportunity to see his skills put to the test in a favorable matchup against Wahama.

Donnie McCain, quarterback for the Lancers, also has a more favorable matchup this week as he will look to lead the Lancers’ offense in putting points on the board, something that has been hard to come by at times this season. They haven’t scored any points since their week one victory. 

Last year, Wahama beat Federal Hocking 50-22 and coming into this year, Wahama has a slight edge especially with the home-field advantage, however, this Lancers’ squad has improved a lot since last year especially with their basic fundamentals. This game is a must-win for both teams. 

The success of a season is determined by the wins and losses and the winner of Friday night’s matchup between Federal Hocking and Wahama could very well position themselves in the right direction towards a successful season.