MASON - Wahama's starters hadn't played four quarters very often this season because most of their games were one-sided. So there was some question as to what the White Falcons would do if they had to play an entire game.
At least on Friday, that question was answered.
Fullback Zack Wamsley ran for 177 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries and the White Falcons shrugged off a slow start to rack up a 41-13 victory over Buffalo in a matchup of top-10 Class A teams.
The verdict allowed Wahama to post its third consecutive 10-0 regular season and extended its regular-win streak to 31 games. It will ensure the White Falcons of a high seed when the final playoff ratings are determined late tonight.
Halfback Kane Roush ran for a score for the White Falcons and helped break the game open in the second quarter with an 85-yard kickoff return for a TD.
"Big plays on special teams always help change the momentum,'' said Wahama coach Ed Cromley.
The White Falcons, who entered the game No. 3 in the Class A ratings, have played only two games this season decided by fewer than 27 points, meaning their first-stringers haven't had to play more than two or three quarters most nights. That didn't seem to bother them against the Bison (7-3), the state's No. 10 team.
"We might not have the toughest schedule,'' Wamsley said, "but we work very, very hard in practice and we have really good coaches who prepare us in practice for what the opponent is doing. And we fight until the very last quarter.
"We hate to lose down here. Every win means a lot.''
The Bison was almost assured a playoff spot before the game, but now must wait to see how far it will drop in the ratings.
Buffalo was able to move the ball quite well much of the night, finishing with 18 first downs and 337 net yards, but was bogged down by two lost fumbles and 13 penalties for 119 yards.
Quarterback Levi Jordan, a four-year starter, hit on 17 of 22 passes for 196 yards for Buffalo, and completed nine in a row at one point in the second quarter. He ran for one score and flipped a screen pass to Jordan Tucker that went 16 yards for a first-quarter TD.
"They threw screens that were tough for us to cover,'' Cromley said, "and some dump passes. We didn't get our linebackers into the play in the first half, and that's what kept their offense moving.''
Buffalo held the lead twice in the first half, but the White Falcons rallied to go in front 27-13 at the break.