"The first time we ran it was to the near side of the field and there wasn't that much yardage and when I finally broke to the hole, it didn't work out. When we punted again, it was to the wide side of the field and there was a lot more room. I asked Zack Wamsley to hook the end so I could kick it around him, and I got just enough and kicked around him.''
When Roush hit the end zone six plays later, the Cavaliers were essentially doomed, down by two possessions with about five minutes left running out of their wing-T/option formation.
"We're kind of hurting,'' McClung said, "trying to score fast. We're not a quick-score team, and we didn't really have time to come back.
"We had a punt-safe called [on Roush's run] and we know it's a fake. He's 7, 8 yards away [from the sticks] and we're there and he still picks it up. That's a big play and a turning point in the game.''
Prior to that, Wahama had been basically held to a smattering of big plays and little else.
A 32-yard Gibbs-to-Wyatt Zuspan hookup on the first drive of the game led to a Gibbs' 46-yard scoring scramble. The White Falcons' second score in the third period was aided by a 44-yard Gibbs pass to Colton Neal that was tipped up by Boatwright from his defensive back position, but landed directly in the hands of Neal.
Through a little more than three quarters, 142 of Wahama's 180 yards came on three Gibbs completions and his 46-yard run.
"You take away a couple of big plays,'' McClung said, "and I don't think they did a whole lot on offense until that one drive. But you've got to tip your hat to them. They made the plays on that one drive and kept us off the field.''
Roush, held to 16 yards through three quarters, finished with 85 yards on 18 carries. Wamsley was limited to 28 yards on 11 attempts.
"It was the backside of their line,'' Roush said. "They had big guys filling up the holes, and there was really nowhere to go.''
Gibbs ended 4 of 8 for 99 yards with an interception and ran four times for 58 yards.
Boatwright was sacked three times in the final minutes and finished with only 37 net yards rushing and one TD. He hit on 4 of 6 passes for 56 yards and returned a pair of kicks 75 yards.
Tyler Parker led West's grind-it-out offense with 152 yards on 27 attempts, including an 18-yard scoring run.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.