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September 20, 2007

Looks like it's Walton and everyone else in Division VI

Three weeks into the high school football season and Division VI of the Section Four Football Conference seems to be taking shape _ at least at the top.

Walton (3-0, 2-0) has outscored its two divisional opponents, 102-12, including a 56-0 win over Oxford on Friday in which the Warriors held the Blackhawks to minus-47 yards of offense.

Barring injury, Walton should be heavy favorites to win the division.

After that, things get a little murky.

Deposit, Delhi, Bainbridge-Guilford and Harpursville are all off to 2-1 starts and figure to compete for the second and final playoff spot in the division.

"I look at Oxford and Harpursville and Delhi and Bainbridge-Guilford toward the tail-end of the season," Deposit coach Terry Raymond said after a 42-22 victory over B-G this past Friday. "And I think it's going to be a dogfight in the middle to get to sectionals. ... This was very, very important. We knew we had to come in here and do a job."

Deposit's victory over B-G came a week after getting thumped by Walton, 46-12.

The blueprint for Walton this season hasn't changed. Strong, attacking defense to go along with a ball-control, power running game have paced the Warriors thus far.

The Warriors, ranked third in the state in Class D, have sprinkled in a few extra passes this season, however.

Senior quarterback Pat O'Brien has completed 6 of 14 passes for 194 yards. He has two touchdowns and two interceptions.

"There's no doubt (Walton coach Jim Hoover) is going to play that Walton football," B-G coach Tim Mattingly said. "What makes them so much more explosive and so much more dangerous is that the O'Brien kid can throw the football."

Fullback Richard Fletcher has also been hard to stop, rushing for 289 yards on 47 carries and scoring seven touchdowns on the ground. He has six conversion runs and has scored defensively on a fumble return.

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