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Orange Crush Defeats Tri-Valley in Game 1

Posted Monday, September 08, 2008 by Mark Lamoreaux

Warriors roll to 14th straight win

Cody Reed had two touchdowns as reigning Class D state champion Walton opened its season Saturday with a 46-0 thumping of visiting Tri-Valley in a non-conference football game.


Reed opened the scoring on a 4-yard run in the first quarter. He also had a 38-yard fumble return at the end of the second quarter to help the Warriors open a 32-0 halftime lead.

The Warriors defense held the Bears to 68 yards _ all on the ground _ and four first downs. Walton, which won its 14th straight game, had nine shutouts en route to earning its second state championship in school history last season.

Fullback Robbie Rigas rushed for 59 yards on nine carries to lead the Warriors, who had 200 yards on the ground under a steady rain.

"After looking at the tapes, for the first game, we were happy with (the players)," Walton coach Jim Hoover said. "We still have a long way to go. We have to eliminate mistakes. We fumbled twice on snaps from center but didn't have any turnovers, which was good. ... We're probably where we think we should be right now. We still have a lot of improvement we can have."

The teams combined to go 0-for-9 passing, including an 0-for-3 effort by Walton quarterback Chad Gardepe.

"We have to work on catching the ball," Hoover said. "We had some open receivers and dropped it. I think that's first-game jitters. I felt bad for Chad. His three passes were really on target and (T-V) made a really nice play on one."

Phil Hanley had two touchdowns for Walton. Bryant Mead and Evan Boyd each contributed a touchdown run.

Walton hosts non-division opponent Unatego (0-1) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. 

Duo helps spark Walton's romp


Cody Reed and Bryant Mead each rushed for a touchdown in the first quarter Saturday as reigning state Class D champion Walton defeated visiting Tri-Valley, 46-0, in a season-opening non-league football game.

The Warriors, who had nine new starters on offense, scored quickly.

"We kicked off, held them, took the ball and scored," Walton coach Jim Hoover said.

Reed opened the scoring with a 4-yard run and Mead added a 23-scamper as Walton took a 16-0 lead.

Reed scored again in the second quarter, returning a fumble recovery 38 yards to help put the Warriors up 32-0 at halftime.

Walton's defense held Tri-Valley to 68 total yards, and just four first downs, none in the first half.

Rob Rigas led Walton's rushers with 59 yards, and Phil Hanley scored two touchdowns with 23 yards gained.


Walton 46, Tri-Valley 0

Tri-Valley 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Walton 16 16 14 0 -- 46

First quarter

W: Cody Reed 4 run (Bryant Mead run)

W: Mead 23 run (Reed run)


Second quarter

W: Phil Hanley 3 run (Hanley run)

W: Reed 38 fumble return (Mead run)

Third quarter

W: Hanley 8 run (run failed)

W: Evan Boyd 4 run (Jim McDonald run)

T-V / Walton

First downs 4 / 11

Total net yards 68 / 200

Rushes-yards 26-68 36-200

Passing yards 0 / 0

Comp-Att-Int 0-6-0  / 0-3-0

Punts-avg. 7-35     3-39

Fumbles-lost 4-2    2-0

Penalties-yards 2-20    5-35

Tri-Valley rushing: Dan Byrne 11-45; Dustin Van Lieu 9-12; Jesse Boncek 5- (-14); No. 15 1-25.

Walton rushing: Rob Rigas 9-59; Ed Dickson 4-34; Bryant Mead 3-32; Phil Hanley 5-23; Cody Reed 2-19; Jim McDonald 4-13; Evan Boyd 3-9; Dan Gehl 4-8; Aaron Holdosi 1-3; Chad Gardepe 1-0.


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