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Walton moves to 5-0

Posted Sunday, October 05, 2008 by rr

Walton routs Sidney, 66-7



SIDNEY _ Walton's Jim MacDonald didn't have too long to be down on himself.


After getting beat in the secondary for Sidney's lone touchdown, MacDonald returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a score to help Walton to a 66-7 Section Four Football Conference non-division win Friday night.


Walton (5-0), the top-ranked Class D team in the state, won its 18th straight game.


"Our kids played an outstanding offensive football game," Walton coach Jim Hoover said. "And to hold Sidney to seven points, with all their passes and their good running backs, I'm very happy with our team right now."


Walton opened a 16-0 lead in the first quarter, but Sidney (3-2) struck with 11:30 to go in the first half. Dylan Umbra connected with Aaron Wood for a 31-yard touchdown pass to the left corner. Wood got behind MacDonald on the play. After Mike Guerriere kicked the extra point, Sidney trailed, 16-7.


"That was a crazy time," MacDonald said. "I was a little down on myself for not covering as well as I should have. I got a chance to redeem myself."


Out on kick-return duty, MacDonald stood between the 5- and 10-yard lines. Guerriere's kick went deep and MacDonald grabbed it at the 6. After receiving a few blocks, he went toward the right sideline, made a couple of cuts to juke some Sidney defenders and broke away down the right sideline going the rest of the way untouched.


"I almost let it go because we've been working on (Guerriere's) kick and we know he can kick far and it's usually it's in the end zone," MacDonald said. "I guess my instinct decided to take it and I just followed a wall of my teammates and made a few cuts and they made a few outstanding blocks and I couldn't ask for a better return.


"Words can't explain it," he continued. "We've been harping on getting special-teams returns for a long time now, especially after it being close after that touchdown. That kind of opened the gap to our victory and kind of put them down and kind of gave us a little more adrenaline to get through the rest of the game."


Hoover said MacDonald's return was key for the early part of the game.


"That's a sign of a good football team," Hoover said. "When something happens, you can't get down about it. You have to go out and play football. That was a big return. They just scored and got back in the game and then we break the touchdown and it's tough to come back after that."


Walton seemed to zone in after that and its defense took over. For the game, Walton had two interceptions and recovered four of five Sidney fumbles.


"They are number one in the state for a reason," Sidney coach Jeff Matthews said. "They are that good off the ball. The big plays they had were because they executed. They blocked very well and their backs hit the holes extremely quick and you can't simulate that in practice. They outplayed us up front and on both sides of the ball."


Walton scored on the second play of the game when Bryant Mead broke loose for a 68-yard score down the right side. Phil Hanley's conversion run made it 8-0 with 10:51 to play in the first quarter.


On the next play, Hanley cut in front of Guerriere and intercepted a Dylan Umbra pass. Hanley, who rushed for 104 yards on eight carries, caught it over his left shoulder and cut back, returning it about 20 yards to Walton's 47.


"We knew that Guerriere is one of the top receivers and he has probably some of the best speed in the area," Hanley said. "We had some help over the top and with our defensive line, I knew Umbra wouldn't be able to have much time. I knew he was just going to be chucking it. I just ran as fast I could and kept up. ... It was right there quick. (Guerriere's) really fast and I was trying to keep up. I looked at his eyes and I turned my shoulder and just opened my hands and it came right down."


Walton followed with a six-play drive, capped by a 31-yard scoring run from Robbie Rigas. Mead's conversion run made it 16-0.


After Sidney and Walton swapped touchdowns on Umbra's pass to Wood and MacDonald's return, Walton took over.


Walton gained possession on downs after stopping Sidney on a fourth-and-7 at the 50. Two plays later, Hanley went through a gaping hole in the middle and ran up the right side for a 44-yard TD run and a 30-7 lead with 5:58 to go in the first half.


Guerriere then fumbled and Mead recovered at Sidney's 10. Three plays later, Cody Reed scored on a 4-yard run for a 36-7 lead that Walton took into halftime.


Things didn't get any better for Sidney in the second half. It punted on its first possession and Walton needed three plays to get in the end zone again as Hanley scored on a 26-yard run. Mead's conversion run made it 44-7.


Umbra fumbled on Sidney's next play and MacDonald picked the ball up at the 19 and went in untouched for another touchdown with 8:46 to go in the third. Eddie Dickson went in with the conversion run and a 52-7 lead.


"We've been working a lot on covering the pass and we changed it up during the game," Hanley said. "When they didn't have any (receivers), I was able to come up and go as fast as I could for the ball. I don't know, bing-bang, (Umbra) missed the ball and the ball's on the ground. I just picked it up and tried to run as fast as I could. I guess my teammates were following and blocking like heck for me."


Reed later scored from 26 yards for a 58-7 lead and Walton's final TD came with 6:15 left, on a 6-yard run by Evan Boyd.


"You don't expect something like this," Hoover said. "You expect a real hard-nosed football game. It just happened that we did some nice things and got a few early breaks. The kids played well and didn't let down at all."

Walton-s Evan Boyd pulls down quarterback Dylan Umbra during the first half of Friday-s game at Sidney. Walton earned a 66-7 Section Four


















Walton overruns Sidney in football


SIDNEY -- Phil Hanley ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns, and Walton scored 50 consecutive points to close its 66-7 victory over Sidney in a non-league football game between Section 4 Conference teams Friday night.


The Warriors (5-0), the reigning Class D state champions, are ranked No. 1 by the New York State Sports Writers Association. They have outscored opponents this season, 194-15.


"They're extremely quick, powerful up front," Sidney coach Jeff Matthews said. "And their backs hit the hole hard and they run hard. They were all very impressive."


Walton piled up 279 yards on the ground with seven touchdowns. The first two TDs were by Bryant Mead and Robbie Rigas, along with two-point conversion runs from Hanley and Mead for a 16-0 first-quarter lead.


Sidney (3-2) scored early in the second quarter when Dylan Umbra connected with Aaron Wood for a 31-yard touchdown. Mike Guerriere's PAT cut Walton's lead to 16-7.


Walton responded on the ensuing kickoff return when Jim MacDonald ran 95 yards for a touchdown. Hanley ran the conversion to make it 24-7 with 11:10 left in the first half.


"That took the wind out of our sails," Matthews said. "We were a little deflated after that."


Hanley and Cody Reed scored on TD runs later in the second quarter to extend Walton's lead to 36-7 at halftime.


In the second half, Sidney lost three fumbles that led to 22 points for Walton.


MacDonald picked up one of the fumbles and ran it 20 yards for a third-quarter touchdown.


Walton 66, Sidney 7

Walton 16 20 16 14 -- 66 Sidney 0 7 0 0 -- 7

First quarter

W: Bryant Mead 67 run (Phil Hanley run).

W: Robbie Rigas 31 run (Mead run).

Second quarter

S: Aaron Wood 31 pass from Dylan Umbra (Guerriere kick).

W: Jim McDonald 95 kickoff return (Hanley run).

W: Hanley 43 run (run failed).

W: Cody Reed 3 run (run failed).

Third quarter

W: Hanley 25 run (Mead run).

W: MacDonald 20 fumble return (Eddie Dickson run).

Fourth quarter

W: Reed 28 run (run failed).

W: Evan Boyd 6 run (Boyd run).

Walton Sidney

First downs N/A 7

Total net yards 279 152

Rushes-yards 29-279 32-64

Passing yards 0 88

Comp-Att-Int 0-2-1 6-15-2

Punts-avg. 2-41.0 3-43.0

Fumbles-lost 2-0 5-4

Penalties-yards 4-35 1-5

Walton rushing: Robbie Rigas 4-42 1 TD; Bryant Mead 2-75 1 TD; Phil Hanley 8-103 2 TD; Chad Gardepe 2-(-3); Evan Boyd 3-8 1 TD; Cody Reed 3-36 2 TD; Eddie Dickson 3-13; Jim MacDonald 1-2; Aaron Holdosi 3-3.

Sidney rushing: Dylan Umbra 14-11; Aaron Wood 6-26; Mike Guerriere 6-20; Paul Ferrante 4-7; Tim Leonard 2-0.

Walton passing: Chad Gardepe 0-2-1.

Sidney passing: Umbra 6-15-2, 88 yds, 1 TD.

Sidney receiving: Aaron Wood 2-34 1 TD; Alex Heil 2-35; Andy Kozak 2-19.



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