Eleven Walton ballcarriers combined to rush for 302 yards as the host Warriors cruised to a 53-8 Section Four Football Conference Division V victory over Unadilla Valley on Saturday.
Quinn Harby led the way with 87 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Austin Kilmer contributed 62 rushing yards and two touchdowns for the Warriors, who led, 40-8, at halftime.
“It’s a game we needed. We haven’t had one of these in a couple years,” Walton coach Jim Hoover said of the lopsided outcome. “We started subbing at the end of the second quarter and everyone got to play a lot.”
Defensively, Walton (4-2, 2-2) intercepted four passes, including two by Colin Adam. He also had a 5-yard rushing touchdown.
Sophomore Blake Hitt completed his lone pass, a 24-yarder to Jacob Wright. Hitt took over at quarterback for Trevor Zandt last week. Zandt suffered a broken collarbone in the Warriors’ 13-12 loss to Deposit/Hancock in Week 5. Zandt, who threw three touchdown passes in Walton’s 30-28 victory over Delhi two weeks ago, will not return this season.
“I feel so bad for Trevor,” Hoover said. “He’s just a junior and that’s the only good thing about it. He gets to come back next season for a whole new year.”
Walton suffered another injury Saturday as sophomore nose tackle Jeremy Hren was lost for the season with a broken leg.
“He started coming on really strong,” Hoover said of Hren. “He just got hit in a certain way. We’re starting so many 10th- and 11th-graders that we’ll just have to put another young guy in there. But (Jeremy) is 295 pounds. You don’t get too many 295-pound guys who come off the ball the way he does.”
Derek Mead and Logan Robinson also had touchdown runs for the Warriors, who’ll travel to Bainbridge-Guilford on Friday in what is likely a must-win if Walton is to qualify for the Section Four Class D playoffs.
“They seem to be getting better every week,” Hoover said of the 1-5 Bobcats. “There were a couple of games where their quarterback (Cole Webb) couldn’t play and that hurt. They have a runner there who has carried 30 times in a game. It’s typical Bainbridge-Guilford. They have three to four basic run plays and three to four pass plays, and they do them all very well.”
The playoff picture in Class D is anything but clear heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
“There are five schools within one or two points,” Hoover said of the point system that will determine the playoff fates of some teams. “I get the feeling they’ll be flipping a coin. There could be three or four teams tied and then they’ll have to start flipping coins.”
Hank DeGlee caught a 9-yard scoring pass from Lance Gage in the second quarter for UV (0-6).
Hoover has 297 victories.
Delhi 30, B-G 20
Brian Ingram rushed 23 times for 198 yards and three touchdowns as the host Bulldogs kept their playoff hopes intact with a Section Four Football Conference Division V victory.
With the score tied at 14 in the second quarter, Ingram broke free for a 31-yard touchdown run. Trey Mostert followed with a two-point conversion run to give Delhi the lead for keeps, at 22-14.
In the third quarter, Noah Dedominicis scored on a 22-yard run and quarterback Conner Gioffe went in on the conversion run to make it 30-14.
Bainbridge-Guilford (1-5, 1-4) answered with 7 1/2 minutes left in the fourth quarter when Cole Webb found Mike Carlin for an 11-yard scoring play. B-G missed a pass on the ensuing two-point try, keeping it a two-possession game.
“We moved the ball back down the field and used a lot of time,” Delhi coach Dave Kelly said of his team’s drive after the Bobcats pulled to 30-20.
The Bulldogs finished with 349 rushing yards, including 110 from Mostert.
“(Ingram) is an inside runner and we blocked it well. We received a great effort out of our interior line,” said Kelly, praising the work of lineman Hunter Cika, Kenz Mattice, Tyler Cumpston, Brandon Mole and Rich Craft.
Ingram also scored on an 8-yard run in the first quarter and a 6-yarder in the second quarter.
Webb finished 7-for-15 for 144 yards and three touchdowns. He hit Dylan Moffitt on a 45-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring in the first quarter and later hit Carlin on a 14-yard TD pass in the second quarter. Moffitt caught two passes for 89 yards and rushed 13 times for 40 yards.
Delhi will host Deposit/Hancock (4-2, 3-1) this Saturday. If the Bulldogs win and B-G upsets Walton on Friday, Delhi and Deposit/Hancock will finish tied for second place with 3-2 records in division play.
Sidney 41, Candor 0
Patrick Vibbard rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another as visiting cruised to a Section Four football Conference Division VI victory Friday.
Vibbard, a senior who rushed for 97 yards and threw for 105 more, scored on runs of 7 and 6 yards in the opening quarter, leading the Warriors to a quick, 14-0 lead.
Sidney defenders intercepted Candor quarterback Josh Wilcox six times, with three coming from Dylan Gifford. He also scored in the third quarter on a 22-yard pass from Vibbard.
“When we switched up some coverages, it confused them a bit,” Sidney coach Jeff Matthews said.
Tanner Schunk rushed for a game-high 110 yards and scored on a 45-yard run in the second quarter. The Warriors also received an 18-yard touchdown run from Brandon Bessett.
“Patrick really played well doing his usual things,” Matthews said. “He was making good reads. We’re a little banged up, but we had different people step up. Tanner Schunk did a really nice job for the first time getting carries. Michael Chase is running hard, too.”
Chase carried eight times for 67 yards.
Sidney (4-2, 3-1) will travel Friday to play two-time defending Section Four Class D champion Tioga (6-0, 4-0) in a key Division VI game.
The Warriors will clinch a playoff berth with a victory. They still appear to have a chance even if they lose.
The Tigers, who lost, 7-6, to Randolph in a Class D state semifinal last season, beat Harpursville, 45-20, on Saturday.
“They line up and just pound the ball,” Matthews said of the Tigers. “They impose their will on teams. Harpursville is very big and they were able to block them.”
Though Sidney has struggled this season defending the pass and has been susceptible to allowing outside runs, the Warriors have been very good at stopping opposing teams between the tackles.
“I feel that’s where our strength lies,” Matthews said of his interior defense. “We have some good lineman at the point of attack. (Tioga) does a nice job within the same look. They’re attacking at three points at the line. They pick and choose where that play is going to end up. It is kind of one of our strengths, but you’re always cautious.”
Windsor 31, Oneonta 27
Windsor quarterback Josh Cady rushed for four touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter to lead the visiting Black Knights to a Section Four Football Conference Division II victory Friday.
“Immediately after the game, we were very disappointed we didn’t win that game,” said OHS coach John Mushtare, whose team defeated Ithaca, 33-28, last week for its first win of the season. “We felt we let one slip away. Upon reflection and looking at the program, our production is up, we’re giving up fewer big plays, the offensive line is starting to block well and the backs are settling in. I’m pleased. We’ve improved every week.”
Cady rushed for a game-high 122 yards and threw for 153 yards.
“They like to run the quarterback out of shotgun and we were worried about him all week,” Mushtare said.
Oneonta quarterback Jake Crotser threw for 158 yards, including touchdown passes of 65 yards to Mat Robinson, and 29- and 26-yard scoring passes to Noah Sheehan, the latter giving the Yellowjackets a 21-16 lead at halftime.
Austin Scheer’s 6-yard scoring run in the third quarter put OHS (1-5, 0-4) up, 27-24.
Sam Sherrill and Skylar Thompson rushed for 70 and 64 yards, respectively, for OHS, which will host Johnson City (3-3, 3-1) on Saturday.
“JC has quarterback who is very athletic, they’ve got a big, strong fullback and a tailback who is very fast,” Mushtare said. “We’re going to have to box those guys in and keep them from breaking big runs.
“Their defense brings a lot of pressure — six to seven guys off the line on any given play,” he continued. “Like we’ve tried to do all year, we want to get our athletes out in space. We need to get outside their pressure and let our guys run.”