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Countdown to Kickoff (Wahama): White Falcons out to end 2-year drought

Wahama had a nice run of playoff appearances going, including two state titles. But the last two seasons the White Falcons have missed the postseason.

MASON (WCHS/WVAH) - In 2010, Wahama played for a state single-A championship. The White Falcons fell to the Maroon Knights of Wheeling Central. Two years later in 2012, Wahama returned to Wheeling Island Stadium and this time left the Northern Panhandle with the championship trophy, thanks to an epic overtime win against Weirton Madonna. Those championship game seasons were a part of a great run in playoff competition for the Mason County schoo. The last two years, postseason play hasn't happened and that is something they hope to chance in 2017.

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Dave Barr is no doubt ready to see the White Falcons play beyond the regular season. And he likes this team's chances.

"We are a year older," said Barr, who is now in his third full season as Wahama's head coach. "A year more physically mature. We only graduated two kids off of last year's team. I think if you were to talk to them, they would feel pretty optimistic and we've practiced hard and I'm pretty confident in the direction we are going right now."

Breaks, though, will be a determining factor for what is a small White Falcon roster.

Barr said, "We don't have a lot of depth. Avoiding the injury bug is going to be a very important thing to us this year."

An eight-member senior class could take the White Falcons a long way. Obviously, returning to the playoffs in the final year is something they desperately want.

"For me, the playoffs are a huge thing ecause my brother was a state champion," said lineman Christopher Hesson. "I just kind of want to live up to what he set out for me. He was a great player."

Bryton Grate, a senior quarterback, said, "Always been a goal of us seniors. Our freshman year we were young. We made it. Past couple of years we were down and we didn't make it. Really want to get there. Take it game-by-game."

To make its way into Class As 16-team playoff field, the White Falcons will play all but two games in Ohio as a member of the Tri-Valley Conference.

"We took a little bit of a knock for joining when we began around the state," Barr said. "They've proven to be solid competition year in and year out. Week to week feel like we're getting a good test out of the TVC."

The season begins at home inside Bachtel Stadium against the Ravenswood Red Devils on August 25.


Dave Barr is no doubt ready to see the White Falcons play beyond the regular season. And he likes this team's chances.

"We are a year older," said Barr, who is now in his third full season as Wahama's head coach. "A year more physically mature. We only graduated two kids off of last year's team. I think if you were to talk to them, they would feel pretty optimistic and we've practiced hard and I'm pretty confident in the direction we are going right now."

Breaks, though, will be a determining factor for what is a small White Falcon roster.

Barr said, "We don't have a lot of depth. Avoiding the injury bug is going to be a very important thing to us this year."

An eight-member senior class could take the White Falcons a long way. Obviously, returning to the playoffs in the final year is something they desperately want.

"For me, the playoffs are a huge thing because my brother was a state champion," said lineman Christopher Hesson. "I just kind of want to live up to what he set out for me. He was a great player."

Bryton Grate, a senior quarterback, said, "Always been a goal of us seniors. Our freshman year we were young. We made it. Past couple of years we were down and we didn't make it. Really want to get there. Take it game-by-game."

To make its way into Class As 16-team playoff field, Wahama will play all but two games in Ohio as a member of the Tri-Valley Conference.

"We took a little bit of a knock for joining when we began around the state," Barr said. "They've proven to be solid competition year in and year out. Week to week feel like we're getting a good test out of the TVC."

The season begins at home inside Bachtel Stadium against a Mountain State foe in the Ravenswood Red Devils on August 25.

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