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Orange Crush stops Murray and Onondaga for state qtr. win!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted Saturday, November 10, 2007 by TT

BINGHAMTON -- There was Onondaga, within eight points of Walton upon concluding first-half play with a taser of a touchdown, the top-ranked Tigers' second TD of the night, in fact.

Ah, but as singer-songwriter Jim Croce's lyrics cautioned decades back: You don't tug on Superman's cape.

The Warriors didn't allow Onondaga more than a quick sniff of the goal line thereafter, and rattled off four consecutive scoring drives on their way to a 52-14 statement of a victory in the state Class D quarterfinal at Binghamton Alumni Stadium.

Suffice to say, the No. 2 ranking that accompanied Walton into the contest is soon to change.

The Warriors' next assignment comes 5 p.m. Friday at Rochester's Paetec Park against Bolivar-Richburg.

Tackle-resistant fullback Richard Fletcher rushed for four touchdowns -- upping his two-weekend total to an eyebrow-raising 10 -- and Logan Wood turned his 11 carries into a game-high 135 yards on a night Walton (11-0) had Section 4 football's most impressive streak of 2007 halted.

When University of Central Florida-bound tailback Latavius Murray (18 rushes, 132 yards) raced 59 yards for a second-quarter score, it marked the first points against the Warriors in a stretch of 33 quarters and change. But never mind the streak-buster, it was an ensuing tit-for-tat sequence that left the outcome in the balance at the midway point.

A 13-play, 80-yard Walton drive that left three seconds on the clock concluded with Fletcher rushing 1 yard for a TD, his relentless leg drive the difference after he was stood up near the line of scrimmage. Fletcher tacked on the conversion run and it was 22-6.

A short, safety-first kickoff left the Tigers 1.5 seconds to negotiate the 55 yards between them and the goal line -- which they did summarily when wideout Mike Cota took a handoff on a reverse and delivered a strike to Justin Rogers for the score.

Rogers had gotten behind Walton's Chad Gardepe near the right sideline, made the reception at the 6-yard line and finished off a shocker of a TD that, with Murray's two-point off-tackle rush had Section 3's champions within 22-14.

That was 14 first-half points, against a squad that had surrendered zero since the second Saturday in September.

"We knew it had to end eventually, Onondaga's too good of a team not to score," Fletcher said in the wake of a 24-carry, 117-yard night to go with some quality linebacking. "We knew they'd probably score on us, it happened, we just kept going."

"We just came out and did our thing," Wood said of his team's second-half response.

The onslaught began with linebacker Casey Killian recovering an Onondaga fumble on the second play of the third quarter, and ended with reserve quarterback Gardepe dropping to a knee on the final play of the game.

In the interim, Walton's offensive front and tough-running backs had their way with an Onondaga defense unequipped to head off a beating.

The initial second-half touchdown, Patrick O'Brien's 1-yard sneak, ended a nine-play drive featuring an 11-yard gain by Fletcher to the 1. Wood's two-point rush 5:09 after halftime made it 30-14.

Onondaga (10-1) then drove 55 yards to the Warriors' 5 before back-to-back negative-yardage plays -- the second a 9-yard loss by Murray when he was felled by Bryant Mead -- left a fourth-and-goal play from the 16. An incomplete pass turned the ball over to the Warriors.

Four plays later, Walton had reached its 40-yard line. Wood took a second-and-5 handoff, scooted behind sound blocking into the secondary and accelerated past defenders for a 60-yard TD with 6 1/2 seconds remaining in the third quarter for a 36-14 spread.

A 7-yard quick-kick of a punt on Onondaga's next possession left Walton first down at the Tigers' 26, and three plays later Fletcher scored on a gem of a 21-yard run, hopping over initial trouble at the line of scrimmage and bashing through the final defender in his path at about the 15.

Wood tacked on a two-point run and it was 44-14 with 10:09 to play.

"Great football player," Tigers coach Jason Ryan called Fletcher. "He's not going down on one hit, he's going to take two or three, he's going to spin off. He is a very valuable part of their offense.

"What he does is he makes you key on him and when you do key on him, they come back with some of their other speed guys off the ends and things like that. There is a lot to be said for a guy who can get you 3 yards almost every time, and that's what he does."

The final touchdown, a 4-yard run by Fletcher with 6:27 left, was set up by a pass interception and 25-yard return by Gardepe.

"We calmed down as coaches and as players in the locker room, and discussed what we had to do the second half," Warriors coach Jim Hoover said. "We had to stop them, get the ball back, take it in and score and get the momentum going back our way.

"The kids responded very well."

Ryan said, "We just ran into a phenomenal football team, that's the only way you can describe it. They were technically and fundamentally a sound football team. I think that's a credit to coach Hoover and the years he's been coaching."

Game Statistics Team First Downs Rushes Passing Pass Yards Fumbles Punts Penalties
Onon 9 28-146 4-13-1 77 1-1 2-19.0 4-40
Walton 18 53-314 1-3-0 36 1-0 1-34.0 7-47

Individual Statistics


Richard Fletcher: 24-117, 4 TD
Robert Gardepe: 2-3
Casey Killian: 12-52, 1 TD
Patrick O'Brien: 1-1, 1 TD
Cody Reed: 1-4
Robbie Rigas: 2-2
Logan Wood: 11-135, 1 TD

Patrick O'Brien: 1-3-0-36

Cody Endress: 1-36



Mike Cota: 1-1
Jon Diaz: 8-15
Latavius Murray: 18-132, 1 TD
Teddy Zabel: 1--2

Mike Cota: 1-1-0-55
Teddy Zabel: 3-12-1-22

Mike Cota: 1-28
Jon Diaz: 1--1
Latavius Murray: 1--5
Justin Rogers: 1-55, 1 TD

Walton VS Onondaga 52 - 14

Opponents Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Onon 0 14 0 0 14
Walton 8 14 14 16 52

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