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September 23, 2013

Unatego rallies for big football victory over Walton

Staff Report

Sophomore Josh Feyerabend ran for two touchdowns, threw for one and kicked three extra points as visiting Unatego defeated Walton, 27-6, on Saturday in a Section Four Football Conference Division V game.

Though the score might indicate the Spartans eased past the Warriors, Unatego coach Frank Microni told a far different story.

“The overall time of possession … we were on defense all day,” Microni said. “They ran the ball down our throats. We played well near the goal line and we played well on defense. We made them go slow, but they’re strong and methodical.”

Walton (2-1, 0-1) scored first. A blocked punt gave the Warriors excellent field positions and set up Quinn Harby’s 1-yard scoring run.

Unatego (2-1, 1-0) evened the score in the second quarter. Feyerabend hit Tanner Winchester in the left flat on a bubble screen. Winchester weaved his way along the left sideline on a 58-yard scoring play. Feyerabend’s extra point made it 7-6.

“Kellen (Komenda) and Tanner are really good in space,” Microni said. “They’re shifty and they have some speed. Tanner made some guys miss.”

A big special teams play by Braedon Beadle helped set up the Spartans’ next touchdown. Walton tried to squib the opening kickoff of the second half, but Beadle scooped and returned it inside the Warriors’ 30. A few plays later, Corbin Henry scored on a 6-yard run. Feyerabend’s PAT made it 14-6.

Feyerabend scored on runs of 33 and 6 yards in the fourth quarter.

“He had a couple of really nice reads when we ran our option stuff,” Microni said of Feyerabend, who threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns in the Spartans’ 32-30 win over Sidney last week. “He was either pulling it or giving it. He pulled it (on the 33-yard scoring run) and he’s pretty elusive when he gets out there. He made a really good read.”

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