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Warriors "Crush" Bolivar-Richburg in State Semi!!!!!!!!!!

Posted Saturday, November 17, 2007 by TT

ROCHESTER -- At a juncture of the football postseason when the going presumably and sensibly should grow rougher, there went Walton, status quo all the way Friday night in a 42-0 dismantling of Bolivar-Richburg.
This was a Class D state semifinal against the No. 2-ranked team, mind you, not some late-summer mismatch against a cast of greenhorns up from the JV, which makes the statistical summary all the more outlandish.
The top-ranked Warriors gained 399 yards to Bolivar-Richburg's 33 in the chilly air at Paetec Park.
Time of possession favored Walton by a gnat's eyelash short of 2-to-1.
First downs? That was a 26-7 landslide.
It was, indeed, that decisive.
And as if a 22-0 halftime spread wasn't enough, the Warriors decided, why not bang and pound and grind away at B-R for the first 19 plays of the third quarter? It was a possession that covered 67 yards, included a few uncharacteristic blunders, and devoured 10 minutes and three seconds worth of clock time.
When Richard Fletcher plowed in from the 2-yard line for a touchdown to complete that drive, and Logan Wood tacked on a two-point rush, it was 30-0 and the Walton faithful had every reason to dig through a layer or two of clothing for the cellular telephone to make preliminary plans for the title game at 11 a.m. Friday in the Carrier Dome.
"They came at us, ran some power early and picked up some yardage, but I think the kids just needed a little time to get going and then we started to shut them down," Warriors coach Jim Hoover said. "They went to their passing game, we put pressure on the quarterback.
"We knew if we got them out of their running game, we'd be OK."
Fletcher picked up 154 rushing yards, three touchdowns and a two-pointer for yet another game of 20 or more points, and Wood rushed for 131 and a TD.
As for things to work on between today and the final? Walton did fail to convert on one of its seven ventures into the red zone, and the Warriors were a mere 3-for-6 on two-point conversion attempts.
"They did exactly what we expected them to do. We just can't stop it," said Bolivar-Richburg coach David Baron. "I've seen it all year with them, every team knows what's going on, just can't stop. I think their size and strength just kind of overpowered people.
"They do a nice job and they know their offense very, very well."
Nor was that Walton defense half-bad Friday night, limiting the Wolverines to 34 yards on the ground, minus-1 through the air and denying them first downs nine of 10 times on third down.
"We practice hard and we practice precisely what we have to do until we get it down straight," said Sean Knapp, recognized as Walton's defensive MVP in the wake of an eight-tackle outing that included three for negative yardage. "Once we get the practice down, we have confidence and we have strength, we just do the job."
Baron said: "The big thing I noticed is that there are always guys on the ball, not one, not two, but three or four guys find that football all the time. No. 87 (Knapp), he's in the backfield every play. We couldn't take care of him, either."
Walton turned its first two possessions into scores, the first by Fletcher on a 9-yard rush and the second quarterback Patrick O'Brien's doing on a sneak from the half-yard-line to open the second quarter.
Boliver-Richburg (11-1) had a big-time opportunity after recovering a fumble at Walton's 14-yard line with 10:24 to play in the second quarter. The Wolverines drove to the 6, only to have Knapp and Phil Hanley fell quarterback Kameron Konert for no gain on second down, and to force two incomplete passes and regain possession.
From there? Eleven plays, 94 yards and a 20-yard sprint around end by Wood for a touchdown 2:32 before halftime. Wood rushed in with the conversion and it was a 22-0 count.
Afterward, Hoover was asked which was the more impressive, the 42-point output or the ninth shutout in the last 10 games?
"I think both," he said. "You look at both sides. We turned it over, they had the ball inside the 10-yard line, we stop them, take the ball and take the ball 90 yards and score. It's both sides. It's just a good, well-rounded bunch of young men."
Then came the clincher, a Walton possession that began at its 33-yard line to open the second half.
Fletcher kept it alive with first-down conversion on fourth-and-3 to B-R's 24, but the Warriors then had to overcome a facemask and holding penalty, respectively. The Wolverines, however, returned one favor by roughing the passer on a fourth-and-23 play, setting up Walton at the 16-yard line.
Five plays later, Fletcher carried in from the 2, Wood added the two-pointer and it was an insurmountable 30-0 lead with 1:57 to play in the quarter.
"We were saying to ourselves in the huddle, 'Let's keep driving, keep driving,' and that clock just went down and down and down," center Drew Hammond said. "It was sweet to take all that time off the clock. Definitely, it took a little wind out of them."
Fletcher said, in succinct fashion, "If we've got the ball, they can't score."
Rushing touchdowns of 18 yards by Fletcher and 5 yards by Eddie Dickson followed in the final quarter.
"We knew we had to come out and just punch it to them, run the ball down their throats," Fletcher said of the Warriors' night-long and season-long blueprint. "It worked for us."

Walton could provide Syracuse needed help

First came this guy's first glimpse of the Walton football juggernaut, last Friday evening in its 52-14 triumph over what all season had been the state's No. 1-ranked team in Class D.
Then came the same fellow's early Saturday takeoff for his first sobering on-site view of a second orange-clad team, Syracuse, in its continuingly dire straits. University of South Florida won, 41-10.
The spectator's secret pregame hope for a local angle vanished midway in the second quarter when Syracuse nose tackle Arthur Jones of Endicott suffered a substantial ankle injury while participating in a 14-yard would-be sack that the USF quarterback escaped with a unpenalized throwaway. Jones had ranked sixth in tackles for a loss among Division I-A players.
Halftime ceremonial presence of Larry Csonka did nothing to modify the direness -- except to perhaps increase pitiful actual attendance by a dozen times the numeral 39, freshly hoisted to the Carrier Dome rafters.
Nearly four decades past his two 1,000-yard seasons as fullback in orange pants of somewhat narrower waist circumference than today, Csonka still looked fully capable of becoming the leading Syracuse rusher for the afternoon. That indeed damns Zonk with faint praise. Syracuse's net rushing for the half had been 2 yards-- and would become 3 yards by the end of the next quarter.
Barring unexpected stats in remaining SU games against UConn and Cincinnati, the current rushing leader's 371 yards will remain high for the 12-game season of which injury idled him since mid-October. That's SU's uncontested low in 48 years.
Connecting the dots of the two days' mixed results he had witnessed, the observer dialed suburban Orlando.
An insurance man named Terrell Roe lives (a) a width-of-Florida interstate away from the South Florida campus, (b) a few miles from the U. of Central Florida campus that's the committed destination of Latavius "Tay" Murray, touted Onondaga Central School rusher whom the swarming Walton defense harnessed on all but a few widely-separated occasions, and (c) up another interstate from where Larry Csonka powered the Dolphins to the NFL's only modern unblemished season.
There is only one Larry Csonka as far as sports fans care. And as far as Yahoo People Search apparently knows, there are no Terrell Roes other than a 1963 Walton High graduate and his namesake son. The elder played several sports with distinction at Walton. He thought about Colgate and St. Lawrence, but only had eyes on Syracuse after the Walton athletic director -- a cousin of this observer by chance -- drove him to a meeting with a receptive coach Ben Schwartzwalder.
He was a starting defensive back , sometimes a linebacker, for most of his three varsity seasons, including a Sugar Bowl and a Gator Bowl. But if he were a name-dropper, what compares with being the wingback in a 1966 backfield with All-America senior classmate Floyd Little at halfback and -- until the previous season a linebacker -- junior fullback Csonka.
"If you remember, when we lost the first two games (convincingly) Ben decided on a shakeup -- and moved me from defense to replace Oley Allen," Roe recalled last Sunday.
Syracuse won its next eight, Roe catching a touchdown pass in the first, against Maryland, then throwing for a TD at Boston College, and after three games returning to defense. In at least part of the remaining schedule, the wingback became a Csonka classmate named Tom Coughlin. Yep, same one.
With freshmen not eligible for varsity competition in that era, Roe's opponents for the Syracuse Frosh in 1963 may have included Manlius Military with Jim Hoover. Yep, same one, just out of Vestal.
Last Sunday, Roe's caller opened by inquiring whether by any chance he was in touch with the season Walton was having. Hmmm, he seemed to muse, is there ANYONE with Walton blood who hasn't been made aware?
Larry Rigas, who chronicles sports back home, contacts him regularly; brother Kirt Roe of Elmira called after driving to Binghamton to watch last Friday.
Neither Roe nor Hoover may be aware that the National High School Sports Record Book lists only three teams in history, none in the last half-century, whose 11-game scoring has surpassed Walton's 601. Or that no team has held 10 straight opponents to an average 12-point-something rushing yardage.
Until now, the foremost college performer of the illustrious Hoover coaching era may be Seth Stanton in two years as starting Rutgers fullback. By Hoover's description of Walton's unprecedented current heap of talent, shared no doubt by not a few college scouts, "They're big, quick and love to play."
Unavoidably conspicuous, twin brothers Drew and Wade Hammond average 6-foot-4, 265, and fullback Richard Fletcher, if he isn't Hoover's two-way "Zonk," is well defined by an admiring telecaster's designation as The Dump Truck.
Windsor's 43 successive 1962-64 unscored-on quarters, prior to sectional and state playoffs, remains the Section 4 record despite a looming challenge.
Walton's remarkable eight straight lopsided shutouts that a long Murray sprint terminated in the second quarter last Friday doesn't seem to have affected the Warrior focus.
Hoover claims that when a well-wisher mentioned sympathetically at halftime, "Well, the streak is over," his reply was an oblivious: "What streak?"

ROCHESTER -Life returned to normal for the Walton defense Friday night.
A week after giving up 14 points in a state quarterfinal, Walton's defense earned its ninth shutout of the season with a 42-0 victory over Bolivar-Richburg in a Class D state semifinal at Paetec Park.
Richard Fletcher rushed for 152 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries, and Logan Wood contributed 133 yards and a TD on 17 attempts as top-ranked Walton earned a spot in the Class D state championship game.
Next up for the top-ranked Warriors (12-0) is a trip to the Class D state championship game, scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 23 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Section Four champion Walton will play Section Seven winner Ticonderoga (9-2), a 35-8 winner over Section One's Haldane in Friday's other semifinal. Ticonderoga entered the semifinals with the state's No. 9 ranking among Class D teams.
"We came out to play," said Fletcher, named Walton's most outstanding offensive player. "We want to win a championship, and knew we had to win to get there."
Walton will return to a state championship game for the first time since a 37-20 loss to Edgemont in the 2000 Class C final. Walton won its only state title in 1994 with a 28-18 Class C victory over Hudson.
Based on the way they played Friday night, No. 2 could be just around the corner for the Warriors.
Walton held the second-ranked Wolverines to 39 yards of offense, including 23 on the ground.
"We knew what we had to do and we keyed on everything," said Walton defensive tackle Sean Knapp, named the Warriors' most outstanding defender after making eight tackles (five solo). "We have some pretty vicious players on our team, so we got in there, took care of it and stopped them."
The Warriors' offense simply couldn't be stopped.
Fletcher and Wood each broke the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season during the rout. Wood finished at 1,129 yards on 101 carries, and Fletcher at 1,045 on 163.
Walton's defense didn't budge on the opening drive, allowing its offense to set the tone early.
Section Five champion B-R (11-1) lost 7 yards on its first series, a three-and-out after the opening kickoff that started with no gains for Kameron Konert and Anthony Poole. Konert then slipped behind the line of scrimmage on third down, setting up a punt that gave Walton possession at its 40-yard line.
Eight plays later, Fletcher bolted up the middle for a 9-yard touchdown run. B-R stopped Fletcher short of the goal line on his ensuing conversion run as Walton led, 6-0, with 6 minutes, 22 seconds left in the first quarter.
"That was very key," Fletcher said of scoring on Walton's first possession, "because we didn't allow them to get momentum."
The Wolverines responded by moving the ball to Walton's 30, but their drive stalled on a failed fourth-and-12 play. Walton came back with a nine-play scoring drive that ended with a 1-yard run by quarterback Pat O'Brien. Fletcher's conversion made it 14-0 with 11:55 to play in the second quarter.
After trading fumbles, B-R drove inside Walton's 10 but failed to get past the 6. Konert threw back-to-back incomplete passes on third and fourth downs, allowing Walton to take over. The Warriors followed with an 11-play, 94-yard scoring drive that drained 5:09 off the clock. Wood and Fletcher combined for 93 yards on the drive, 20 coming from Wood on a touchdown run to the right sideline with 2:32 left in the half. Wood followed with a successful conversion run for a 22-0 lead.
"You're excited because your defense did a great job," Walton coach Jim Hoover said. "Then your offense comes out and takes it 94 yards."
Walton all but finished the Wolverines early in the second half.
The Warriors, who received the kickoff after halftime, chopped another 10:03 off the clock with a 19-play drive that covered 67 yards. Wood highlighted the drive with back-to-back gains for 10 yards and another for 14, but Fletcher capped it on a 1-yard run with 1:57 to play in the third quarter. Wood's conversion run made it 30-0.
"You talk about a team coming out at halftime all excited and saying, We're going to get back in this game,'" Hoover said. "Then all of a sudden they look up and there's two minutes left in the quarter and we're up, 30-0. That kind of takes the wind out of them."
Fletcher scored on an 18-yard run in the fourth quarter, which more or less ended with a 5-yard TD run by Eddie Dickson. His touchdown came with 46 seconds left.
"They did exactly what we expected them to do, but we just couldn't stop them," B-R coach Dave Baron said. "I've seen it all year. Every team knows what's going on, but you can't stop them. They are powerful, they do a nice job and they know their offense very well."

Scoring Summary:

First quarter
Richard Fletcher 9 run (run failed)

Second quarter
Patrick O'Brien 1 run (Fletcher run)
Logan Wood 20 run (Wood run)

Third quarter
Fletcher 2 run (Wood run)

Fourth quarter
Fletcher 18 run (run failed)
Eddie Dickson 5 run (run failed)


B-R 00000
Walton 61681242

Game Statistics

TeamFirst DownsRushesPassingPass YardsFumblesPuntsPenalties

B-R 729-343-12-0-12-14-26.84-26

Walton 2664-3931-5-063-10-0.05-55

Individual Statistics

Evan Boyd: 2-10
Eddie Dickson: 2-6, 1 TD
Richard Fletcher: 23-154, 3 TD
Phil Hanley: 1-8
Casey Killian: 9-52
Jim MacDonald: 1-3
Anthony Mead: 2-15
Cody Reed: 2-6
Robbie Rigas: 1-4
Logan Wood: 17-131, 1 TD

Patrick O'Brien: 1-5-0-6

Richard Fletcher: 1-6


Matt Appleby: 7-2
Kris Childs: 1-2
Kameron Konert: 15-12
Anthony Poole: 6-18
Kris Childs: 0-1-0-0
Kameron Konert: 2-10-0-15
Sean Lounsberry: 1-3
Anthony Poole: 1-10
Nate Shively: 1-5

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