Anyone remember the last time Walton’s football team missed the playoffs?
If you said 2005, you’d be correct.
The Warriors’ chances of making the eight-team Section Four Class D playoffs took a major hit Saturday with a 20-14 Section Four Football Conference Division VIII loss at Harpursville.
The Hornets’ Steven Lee scored on a 22 run around the left end with 3 minutes, 5 seconds left to snap a 14-all tie.
Walton’s final possession ended with a fumble.
Harpursville (5-1) improved to 2-0 in division and clinched its first winning season in 27 years. Walton (2-4) is 1-1 in league.
But it appears the Warriors still have a shot at the playoffs.
If Walton beats 2-4 Deposit/Hancock and Harpursville falls at 3-3 Delhi this weekend, Harpursville, Walton and Delhi all would finish with 2-1 league records. Also, all three would be 1-1 against the other two.
Then it would go to the second tiebreaker — seeding points and no one seems sure how that would shake out or even the method by which playoff teams will be selected.
Delhi coach Dave Kelly said during a coaches’ meeting before the season, it was decided the top two teams in each of the four Class D divisions would qualify for the playoffs, but that’s not how it was worded in a handbook that went out to the teams. The way it was worded, teams would qualify for the playoffs based on seeding points, meaning even division winners would not be guaranteed playoff berths.
Kelly added it’s not been decided which system will be used, but it might be finalized during a meeting Tuesday.
Walton took an 8-0 lead in the first quarter on a 3-yard scoring run by Mike Beers and a two-point conversion run by Trevor Spencer.
Harpursville answered with touchdown runs of 22 and 1 yard by Mason and Devon Dean, respectively, in the third quarter to take a 14-8 lead.