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Warriors Defeat Bulldogs on Homecoming

Posted Sunday, September 28, 2008 by jj

Route 10 bragging rights on the line

By P.J. Harmer
Staff Writer

There aren't many surprises Walton coach Jim Hoover and Delhi coach Dave Kelly can throw at each other.

The coaches _ who are the top two winningest coaches in Section Four history _ will meet for the 37th time since 1976 when the Bulldogs (1-2) visit the Warriors (3-0) in the annual Route 10 rivalry game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Jim Hoover Field.

Walton, the reigning Section Four and state Class D champion, brings a 16-game winning streak into the meeting. The Warriors are also the No. 1 D team in the state.

"It's homecoming and we're playing Delhi," said Hoover, who has 258 career victories _ 15 more than Kelly. "The kids are excited."

Hoover, in his 33rd season at the helm of the Warriors, has a 25-11 edge against 43rd-year Delhi coach Kelly.

The last two meetings have ended in shutouts, with Walton winning, 44-0, last season, and Delhi winning, 34-0, in the 2006 Section Four Class D final.

"It should be a heck of a game. Delhi's come a long way since last year," Hoover said. "The game against Sidney (a 30-14 Delhi loss), after looking at the tapes, was closer than the score indicated. ... Really, they should have won this past week (a 21-14 loss to Westmoreland). They played a good team. It was back-and-forth, but they could have won the game."

Walton has outscored its opponents, 98-0, this season.

"Nobody gets as many in front of the ball as they do," Kelly said of Walton's defense. "They do a nice job with their schemes. A lot of times, other people don't do some of the things they do. It's very basic in terms of blocking, but they get people in front of the ball. They get extra people in front of the ball."

The Bulldogs haven't been consistent rushing the ball and now face a Walton defense that has allowed 195 yards on the ground this year. Unatego ran for 88 yards _ the most Walton has allowed in one game thus far _ in a 22-0 loss to the Warriors in Week 2.

"Our key is always to stop the run first and the kids have been doing a good job at stopping the pass this year, too," Hoover said. "We're doing a good job overall. It's just a matter of continuing it and getting better."

Walton's defense could get a test from Delhi's Luke Burns, the area's top passer. The senior quarterback has completed 18 of 39 passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns. What Burns has seemed to do especially well this year is spread the ball around. Eight Delhi players _ ranging from wide receivers to running backs to tight ends _ have receptions this year.

Delhi likely will try to establish a running game, though. Sophomore Jack Fletcher is Delhi's top rusher with 201 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries this year. Senior Davionne Price, who has 148 rushing yards, is the only other Delhi player with 100 or more yards on the ground.

The weather could play a major role, though, as the National Weather Service is calling for a 70 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1 p.m.

"A lot depends on wind, I think," Kelly said. "Wind affects (passing) more than rain. You wipe off your practice balls, bring them and plan to get them wet. ... If we can get a couple running plays where we can block them and pick up some first downs, that would be big for us."

Hoover said the weather probably won't have a huge impact.

"I don't think it will affect either team more or less," Hoover said. "I think for a passing team, it might be a little harder to throw, but it's also harder to cover receivers. It balances itself out."

Delhi has been strong on run defense this year, holding its first three foes to 195 rushing yards. The Bulldogs will get tested this weekend, though, as Walton features two of the area's top rushers in junior Bryant Mead and senior Robbie Rigas.

Mead has 273 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. The bulk of his running statistics came last week, when he amassed 203 yards on 15 carries in a 30-0 victory at Seton Catholic Central. Rigas has 214 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries.

"We have to be able to run the ball and be more consistent," Hoover said. "We look real good two or three series in a row and then don't look quite as good with the next series.

"Dave always has good keys for us," he said. "Our key is to run the football and it's going to be our strength against their strength."

Kelly said the game will be a good spot to see where the Bulldogs are at the midpoint of the season.

"We hope to be competitive and we feel we've been improving," Kelly said. "We're just going to use it as a measuring stick to see where we are at this point."

NOTES: Walton linebacker/running back Cody Reed is expected to play. He injured an ankle against Unatego and sat out against Seton. ... Defensive/offensive tackle Adam Finch, who suffered an injured ankle against Seton last week, is questionable, Hoover said. ... Delhi's Oct. 4 home game against Deposit has been moved from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Delhi vs. Walton scores since 1976


Scores from the Delhi-Walton football rivalry since 1976, when Delhi coach Dave Kelly and Walton coach Jim Hoover first went head-to-head. Walton leads the series, 25-11, since 1976.

1976: Walton 12, Delhi 0

1977: Delhi 12, Walton 0

1978: Walton 20, Delhi 8

1979: Walton 36, Delhi 12

1980: Delhi 13, Walton 12

1981: Delhi 7, Walton 6

1982: Delhi 17, Walton 0

1983: Walton 44, Delhi 21

1984: Walton 26, Delhi 7

1985: Delhi 14, Walton 8

1986: Delhi 28, Walton 20

1987: Walton 40, Delhi 20

1988: Walton 48, Delhi 8

1989: Walton 33, Delhi 7

1990: Walton 30, Delhi 21

1991: Walton 23, Delhi 21

1992: Walton 42, Delhi 8

1993: Walton 49, Delhi 0

1994: Walton 20, Delhi 13

1995: Delhi 40, Walton 0

1996: Walton 23, Delhi 15

1997: Walton 55, Delhi 12

1998: Walton 22, Delhi 0

1999: Walton 52, Delhi 19

1999 (Playoffs): Delhi 28, Walton 18

2000: Walton 28, Delhi 26

2000 (Playoffs): Walton 14, Delhi 13

2001: Walton 8, Delhi 6

2001 (Playoffs): Delhi 20, Walton 6

2002: Walton 28, Delhi 8

2003: Walton 14, Delhi 0

2004: Walton 20, Delhi 12

2005: Delhi 12, Walton 6

2006: Walton 14, Delhi 6

2006 (Playoffs): Delhi, 34, Walton 0

2007: Walton 44, Delhi 0


Walton dominates rival Delhi


Walton gave up its first points of the season, but little else went wrong for the host Warriors in their 30-8 victory Saturday over rival Delhi in a non-league football game.



Bryant Meade scored a touchdown and rushed for 67 yards to lead a balanced rushing attack for Walton (4-0), which piled up 225 yards on the ground against Delhi (1-3).


Chris Mills, Evan Boyd and Chad Gardepe also had touchdowns for the Warriors, the defending state Class D champions.


"It was a good win against Delhi," said Walton coach Jim Hoover, "They played us very tough. They're not a bad football team, I know they're 1-3 but they're going to develop into a real good football team."


Walton took a 6-0 lead with 3:25 left in the first quarter on Gardepe's 66-yard TD pass to Mills, the ball caught in stride by Mills near the 20-yard line.


Meade's 25-yard touchdown with 6:01 left in the second quarter made it 14-0, then Walton took command with a late second-quarter score and an early third-quarter score.


Delhi's points came via a 43-yard touchown pass from Burns to Anthony Salerno in the third quarter


Walton 30, Delhi 8

Delhi 0 0 8 0 -- 8
Walton 6 16 8 0 -- 30

First quarter

W: Chris Mills 66 pass from Chad Gardepe (run failed).

Second quarter

W: Bryant Meade 25 run (Gardepe run).

W: Evan Boyd 5 run (Boyd run).

Third quarter

W: Gardepe 55 interception return (Phil Hanley run).

D: Anthony Salerno 43 pass from Luke Burns (Burns run).


First downs 8 14

Total net yards 151 291

Rushes-yards 22-47 41-225

Passing yards 104 66

Comp-Att-Int 7-16-1 1-3-1

Punts-avg. 2-33 2-26

Fumbles-lost 2-1 3-1

Penalties-yards 3-15 4-40

Delhi rushing: Jack Fletcher 11-35; Luke Burns 6-13, Davionne Price 5-(-1).

Walton rushing: Bryant Meade 10-67, td; Evan Boyd 11-51, td; Robbie Rigas 8-41, Phil Hanley 3-16; Aaron Holdosi 2-13, Jim MacDonald 3-10, Chad Gardepe 2-14, Eddie Dickson 2-3, Dan Gehl 2-0.

Delhi passing: Burns 7-16-1, 104 yds, td.

Walton passing: Gardepe 1-3-1, 66 yds, td.

Delhi receiving: Anthony Salerno 2-47, td; Fletcher 2-19, Price 2-16, Zach Newkerk 1-21.

Walton receiving: Chris Mills 1-66, td.


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