COHOCTON — In what Bath-Haverling head coach Matt Ford described as an old school snow game, the Rams got the better of host Wayland-Cohocton, 30-0, to improve their record to 3-0.
“Our defense was relentless tonight,” said Ford. “It was a great team effort from our group of unselfish guys who don’t care about stats - we just want to get wins.”
That’s what Ford’s group came through with on Thursday, as senior running back Brayden Hess had a big night consisting of 87 yards and a touchdown to help propel the Rams to their third straight win. Junior wide receiver A.J. Brotz added 50 receiving yards and a TD, while sophomore quarterback Justin Yehl scored a rushing touchdown and added seven completions for 94 yards and a score. B-H gained 313 yards of total offense in the win.
“It’s nice to have a balanced attack and the idea is that, when you can rely on three or four guys, it helps keep defenses off-balance,” said Ford. “We can mix things up and the idea is to keep defenses on their toes and not allow them to hone in on one guy.”
It wasn’t easy at the start for the Rams, who battled their way through the first half through harsh conditions at a cold and snowy Cohocton Sports Complex.
“The start was slow going. We were playing on two or three inches of snow and it was blustery,” said Ford. “Neither team could get anything going. Finally, we hit the edges, made some big plays, got some field position and that leveraged us into the second half with a 16-0 lead.”
The Rams locked things up defensively over the final 24 minutes, as senior linebacker Josh Miles led the way with five tackles and senior linebacker Owen Eggelston added four stops to lead B-H’s resistance. Senior linebacker Hunter Cupp made two tackles for a loss and recorded a pass breakup.
Bath-Haverling remains unbeaten as they look ahead to a matchup with Penn Yan/Dundee (1-2) next week.
“We just have to keep playing unselfish football and stay hungry,” concluded Ford. “And just enjoy it. Don’t take anything for granted. We’re lucky to be playing and we’re grateful.”
Wayland-Cohocton is 0-3.