Prep football: Lancers blank Wildcats 40-0

WATERFORD – After a disappointing beginning to the 2013 football season, Federal Hocking head coach Phil Hoffman was looking for a bounce back game Friday night when his Lancers traveled to Waterford to take on the Wildcats in a Tri Valley Conference Hocking Division contest.

The second year head coach got his wish as his Lancers put on a nearly flawless performance as they routed the Wildcats 40-0.

Federal Hocking manhandled Waterford from the opening snap until the last one, besting them offensively, defensively and on special teams.

“We rededidacted our season after a disappointing loss last week,” said Hoffman of his Lancers, who dropped a 38-14 decision to Alexander in week one. “I told the boys that they needed to come out and start playing like men and fighting for each other and they did that tonight.”

It wouldn’t take the Lancers long to gain the momentum against the ‘Cats as they took the opening kickoff and marched 61 yards in just six plays to grab the early 7-0 lead.

Senior running back Peyton Seel accounted for 50 of those yards including the final five to give Federal Hocking the lead before two minutes had expired off the clock.

After the Lancer defense forced the green and white to go three and out on their opening possession, they marched 50 yards on eight plays with freshman quarterback Phillip Hoffman sprinting 15 yards for the second Lancer touchdown of the opening quarter.

Senior Delbert Crum walked into the end zone for a two-point play to make it a 15-0 game with 5:28 to play in the first.

While the Federal Hocking offense was scoring at will on the Wildcat defense, Waterford could not get anything going at all on offense.

The Wildcats totaled only 19 yards total offense in the first half while completing just one first down.

Federal Hocking got on the board once again to start the second quarter when Seel rambled 52-yards on a punt return to make it a 21-0 game.

Crum capped the scoring in the first half when he broke free for a 50-yard touchdown run to give the Lancers a commanding 27-0 lead at intermission.

Hoffman was obviously quite pleased with the performance of both his senior running backs in Crum and Seel.

“Last week they didn’t block so well but tonight they both blocked very well,” said Hoffman, who happens to be the father of his freshman quarterback. “They both opened up some running lanes for each other and both those two boys just played their guts out.”

Crum, who led all rushers in the game with 141 yards on 15 carries, rounded out the scoring with a pair of second half touchdown runs of one and 16 yards respectively.

In addition to his punt return for a score, Seel tallied 81 rushing yards and also averaged 50.5 yards on the only two punts in the game by the Lancers.

Hoffman completed 7-of-11 pass attempts in the game for 45 yards, while adding 24 yards on the ground in six attempts.

Freshman Walker Church and junior Mitchell Young both rushed for almost 50 yards for FedHock in limited action.

Waterford was led in rushing by sophomore running back Jaret McCutcheon who gained 34 yards on 14 carries.

Freshman signal caller Isaac Huffman completed just 3-of-9 passes in the game for a poultry five yards for a Wildcat offense that ran just four plays in the game in Federal Hocking territory.

Both teams now have identical 1-1 records with Waterford remaining at home next week to host arch rival Fort Frye and the Lancers returning to Stewart to host Hannan.