WALTON _ Undefeated Walton turned a little breathing room into a big blowout Saturday.
The Warriors scored on three of its first six offensive plays in the second half en route to a 66-0 Section Four Football Conference Division VI rout of Bainbridge-Guilford.
Casey Killian, Dustin Bowker and Logan Wood each scored inside the first five minutes of the second half, and the Warriors (4-0, 3-0) made good on all three two-point conversions to quickly turn a 14-0 halftime lead into a 38-0 advantage on a hot and sunny homecoming afternoon.
"In the second half, it was like an avalanche," said B-G coach Tim Mattingly, whose team gave up a 1-yard touchdown run to Killian, a 59-yard TD pass from Pat O'Brien to Bowker and a 65-yard TD run by Wood during the Warriors' 30-point third quarter. "It got bigger and bigger and bigger and we just couldn't stop them,"
Killian, who gave Walton a 6-0 lead with a 6-yard TD catch in the opening quarter, capped Walton's three-play drive to start the second half with a 1-yard scoring run. Anthony Mead set up Killian's plunge with a 64-yard run from the Warriors' 34. Wood and Killian followed with back-to-back 1-yard gains, the latter giving Walton a 20-0 lead 1:25 into the third period. Killian's conversion run put Walton ahead, 22-0.
B-G quarterback Chris McGinnis ran for 27 yards on the first play of the ensuing drive, but he was stripped and Walton recovered at its 41. O'Brien rolled right on first down and hit Bowker in stride down the right side for a 59-yard TD.
"Bowker said, Coach, they are completely forgetting about me. I go down the field and no one is there,'" said Walton coach Jim Hoover, whose team is the state's third-ranked program in Class D and visits rival Delhi at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday in a key Division VI matchup.
Mead's conversion run made it 30-0 with 10:21 left in the third quarter. Walton then forced B-G (2-2, 0-2) into a three-and-out, leading to another series that started at its 34. Killian gained 1 yard on first down before Wood broke down the right side for a 65-yard TD run.
"We had a big play that started us," Killian said, "and two more big plays after that just carried us the rest of the game."
Mead's two-point run made it 38-0, and cousin Bryant Mead capped the scoring in the third on a 7-yard TD run with 2:58 left in the period.
Mead also scored on a 3-yard run with 7:35 left to make it 50-0. Walton's defense then got into the act as Chris Mills returned an interception 96 yards down the left sideline for a TD and Wood returned a fumble 30 yards for a score. The last two touchdowns were 45 seconds apart, and Robbie Rigas and Cody Reed ran in the ensuing conversions.
Wood, who ran in a 7-yard TD and a two-point conversion in the second quarter, finished with 126 yards on eight carries. Killian contributed 69 yards on eight carries for Walton, which held B-G to 84 yards of total offense and had three interceptions.
"We always have drills for our team to pursue the ball and we always pride ourselves on our gang tackles," said Killian, whose team held Oxford to negative-42 yards the previous week. "Our defense just came out and played hard the whole game and capitalized on turnovers."
Walton fullback Richard Fletcher left midway through the second quarter with what Hoover called a shoulder stinger. Fletcher remained sidelined for the rest of the game. Hoover said he should know Fletcher's status for Saturday's game against Delhi early this week.
McGinnis left in the third quarter with injuries to his right knee and ribs after getting sacked by a swarm of Walton defenders. Mattingly said he was unsure if McGinnis would be ready for Friday night's game against visiting Harpursville.
Walton 66, B-G 0
Bainbridge-Guilford0 0 0 0 _ 0
Walton6 8 30 22 _ 66
W _ Casey Killian 6 pass from Pat O'Brien (run failed) 4:37.
W _ Logan Wood 7 run (Logan Wood run) 4:07.
W _ Casey Killian 1 run (Casey Killian run) 10:35.
W _ Dustin Bowker 59 pass from Pat O'Brien (Anthony Mead run) 10:13.
W _ Logan Wood 65 run (Anthony Mead run) 7:03.
W _ Bryant Mead 7 run (run failed) 2:58.
W _ Bryant Mead 3 run (pass failed) 7:35.
W _ Chris Mills 96 interception return (Robbie Rigas run) 2:56.
W _ Logan Wood 30 fumble return (Cody Reed run) 2:09.
Bainbridge-Guilford rushing: Dustin Ross 10-30, Chris McGinnis 9-30, Travis Dickey 1-(-5), Brad Hurlburt 5-19, Kyle Davy 1-1, Justin Pepper 5-(-13), Ricky Margarum 3-10.
Walton rushing: Logan Wood 8-126, Casey Killian 8-69, Richard Fletcher 4-33, Pat O'Brien 1-(-2), Anthony Mead 3-68, Phil Hanley 2-20, Cody Reed 4-28, Bryant Mead 2-10, Robbie Rigas 2-8, Chad Gardepe 1-11, Brent Layton 1-19.
Bainbridge-Guilford passing: Chris McGinnis 3-for-10, 12 yards, int.; Justin Pepper 0-for-2, 2 int.
Walton passing: Pat O'Brien 2-for-3, 65 yards.
Bainbridge-Guilford receiving: Dustin Rutz 2-7, Dylan Whitaker 1-5.
Walton receiving: Casey Killian 1-6, Dustin Bowker 1-59.
P.J. Harmer can be reached at email@example.com or 607-432-1000, ext. 229.