OTEGO — When Friday’s Section Four Football Conference non-division tilt between Unatego and Walton was about blocking and tackling in close quarters, the Warriors excelled.
When it was about using formations to get fast athletes in space, it belonged to Unatego.
The Spartans broke eight plays for 20 yards or more, including 51- and 52-yard touchdown runs by senior quarterback Tyler Butler, en route to a 49-32 victory before a big turnout on this calm night.
Butler ran for 122 yards and went 7-for-11 for 164 passing yards and three touchdowns. Speedy and diminutive backfield mate David VanAlstine rushed for 56 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. He also caught three passes for 64 more yards and a touchdown.
“The line up front held their blocks and they blocked down field,” Butler said. “David made some people miss, I made some people miss, but the line did a good job. They gave us a good push.”
Perhaps the game’s biggest play came after Walton pulled to 29-26 on the final play of the third quarter. Warriors quarterback Dalton Kaminsky sprinted around the right end and beat a pair of Unatego defenders to the right pylon on an 8-yard touchdown run. Trevor Spencer then took a toss left from Kaminsky and scored standing up on the two-point conversion run to make it a three-point game and cap a string of 10 straight Walton points.
On the next play from scrimmage, Butler faked a give to VanAlstine, burst though a big hole in the center of the line, made a move to the right sideline and outran the pursuit on a 52-yard scoring run. The fourth of Josh Feyerabend’s five extra points extended Unatego’s lead to 36-26.
That began a run of 20 straight Spartans points in 2:08.
Walton senior running back Mike Beers, who rushed 30 times for a punishing 151 yards, fumbled on the second play of Walton’s ensuing possession. Codie Nichols recovered for the Spartans on Walton’s 29.