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Posted Sunday, September 14, 2008 by rr

Walton posts second consecutive shutout


Robbie Rigas rushed for a game-high 92 yards and Phil Hanley had 84 rushing yards and two touchdowns in Walton's convincing 22-0 victory over visiting Unatego in a non-league football game Saturday afternoon.

In two games, Walton (2-0) has outscored its opponents, 68-0.

Hanley had the opening score when he ran it in 5 yards. Chad Gardepe went in for a quarterback sneak for the conversion to make it 8-0 with 4, minutes, 53 seconds left in the first quarter.

Bryant Mead's 9-yard second-quarter TD run extended the lead to 14-0.

Unatego (0-2) had a chance to score inside the 25-yard line after it recovered a Walton fumble on the opening kickoff in the second half. But Unatego managed minus 2 yards and had turned over the ball on downs.



Walton 22, Unatego 0

Unatego 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Walton 8 6 8 0 -- 22

First quarter

W: Phil Hanley 5 run (Chad Gardepe run)

Second quarter

W: Bryant Mead 9 run (pass failed)

Third quarter

W: Hanley 6 run (Mead run)

Unatego Walton

First downs 7 16

Total net yards 143 342

Rushes-yards 20-88 50-290

Passing yards 55 52

Comp-Att-Int 4-15-1 3-5-0

Punts-avg. 4-24 1-45

Fumbles-lost 4-3 2-2

Penalties-yards 0-0 6-55

Unatego rushing: Evan Kiss 7-58; Tyler Newman 7-36; Erik Barber 2-4; Cody Komenda 1-(-4); Cody Renwick 3-(-6).

Walton rushing: Robbie Rigas 14-92; Phil Hanley 11-84 2 TD; Cody Reed 6-42; Bryant Mead 8-38 1 TD; Eddie Dixon 6-19; Chad Gardepe 4-12; Jim McDonald 1-3.

Unatego passing: Renwick 4-12-1, 55 yds; Komenda 0-3-0.

Walton passing: Gardepe 3-5-0, 52 yds.

Unatego receiving: Chet Davis 2-37; Newman 1-13; Barber 1-5.

Walton receiving: Cody Endress 3-52.

Walton stifles fellow champ

Unatego is 0-for-Hoover this season.

For the second straight week, the Spartans fell to a Hoover-coached football team as the Spartans lost, 22-0, in a Section Four Football Conference non-division game at Walton on Saturday in a matchup of reigning Section Four champions.

Walton (2-0), led by 33rd-year coach Jim Hoover, won the Class D sectional title last season en route to a 13-0 finish and the school's second state championship. The Warriors have won 15 straight and have allowed no points this season.

Unatego (0-2), which won the Section Four Class C title last season before falling in a state quarterfinal, opened this year with a 28-6 loss to Oneonta. The Yellowjackets are coached by Hoover's son, Adam.

Robbie Rigas _ the nephew of Unatego coach Art Rigas _ amassed 92 yards on 14 carries for the Warriors, who had a 290-88 edge in rushing yards. Phil Hanley had 84 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Bryant Mead also had a touchdown run for the Warriors.

"(Unatego) came out and played," said Jim Hoover, who coached Art Rigas in high school. "Art knows our offense inside and out. He had some different keys for his defensive people. .... They just came at us and did a nice job defensively."

Walton fumbled the opening kickoff in the second half, setting up Unatego inside the Warriors' 30. Walton stifled the Spartans' drive, though, and responded by scoring on its next drive as Hanley capped it with a 6-yard TD run.

"We did some things we have to improve on," Hoover said. "We did such things as we had them fourth-and-33 and we roughed the punter. Things like that as coaches we sometimes take for granted and you shouldn't. It's something we never talked about. We played well defensively. We had a couple breakdowns and they trapped us a little bit."

Walton visits Seton Catholic Central (1-1) in a Division VII game at 7 p.m. Saturday. Unatego hosts Whitney Point (0-2) in a non-division game at 7 p.m. Friday.

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