Austin Kilmer scored three touchdowns Friday to give Walton football coach Jim Hoover his 298th victory as the Warriors downed host Bainbridge-Guilford, 27-22, in a Section Four Football Conference Division V game.
Colin Adam opened the scoring with a 9-yard run and Robert Merrill followed with the extra point to give Walton a 7-0 lead.
B-G countered with a 34-yard TD run by Mike Carlin and an extra point by Lucas Butcher to tie the score at 7.
Kilmer then put the Warriors ahead to stay, scoring on a 40-yard run. Dylan Wood’s two-point conversion run gave Walton a 15-7 advantage.
Although Cole Webb’s 30-yard TD run brought B-G back to 15-13, the Bobcats missed on the extra point. Kilmer then scored from 1 yard out and, after Butcher hit a 35-yard field goal, caught a 24-yard pass from Blake Hitt with 4 seconds left in the opening half.
“Giving up that TD with 4 seconds to go, that hurt,” said B-G coach Tim Mattingly, whose team faced a 27-16 deficit at the break but shut out the Warriors in the second half.
Walton’s defense stepped up as well, however, limiting the Bobcats to one more scoring play as Mike Carlin caught a 20-yard TD pass from Blake Hitt in the fourth quarter.
Mattingly said B-G had three chances to score in the last 7:33, but Walton denied each drive. The game essentially ended when Walton stopped B-G on a fourth-and-long from the Warriors’ 20-yard line (incomplete pass).
Kilmer finished with 83 rushing yards on 17 carried for the Warriors, who received 89 rushing yards on 14 touches from Derek Mead.
Mike Carlin finished with a game-high 105 yards on 17 carries in his first varsity game at fullback for the Bobcats.
“He just had an outstanding game,” Mattingly said of Carlin, a tight end who finished with a varsity-best in rushing yards Friday. “The line blocked really well.”