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Crush Thumps Candor in Semi 60-0

Posted Saturday, November 01, 2008 by jj

Walton football looks to keep rolling

By P.J. Harmer
Staff Writer

Walton will see a familiar foe tonight in a Section Four Class D football semifinal.

The defending Class D state champion Warriors meet Candor for the second straight season at 7 p.m. at Union-Endicott's Ty Cobb Stadium. Walton beat the Indians, 46-0, in last season's semifinal.

Tonight's winner advances to the Class D sectional final at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 back at U-E.

"They run a lot of (I-formation) and try and test you and power you a little," said Walton coach Jim Hoover, whose 8-0 Warriors have won 21 straight games. "Then they'll come out in a couple different looks to try and spread you out a little bit. It's a challenge."

Walton, which beat Bainbridge-Guilford, 38-0, in a Class D quarterfinal last Saturday, is once again one of the top offensive teams in Section Four. The Warriors have scored 372 points through eight games _ an average of 46.5. That's second only to Class AA Binghamton, which has scored 392.

The 27 points the Warriors have given up are the best in the section, with Chenango Forks second at 69.

Candor (7-1), which won Division X of the Section Four Football Conference and beat Spencer-VanEtten, 22-15, in a quarterfinal last Friday, shouldn't have it easy against Walton's line.

The Indians feature returning fullback Cody Rose, a 6-foot, 235-pound senior who has rushed for 735 yards and seven touchdowns on 104 carries. Senior running back Jorden Updyke (5-10, 150) has 341 yards and two scores on 99 carries.

Senior quarterback Gino Martone (5-11, 168), also a holdover from last year, has completed 31 of 85 passes for 596 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also hasn't been intercepted this year. Senior Brendan Shaw (6-1, 197) is his top receiver, with 19 catches for 396 yards and three touchdowns.

"(Rose is) a hard-nosed fullback," Hoover said. "He runs hard and has speed. (Updyke) has speed and he can hurt you. ... They are fairly big and they don't do anything real fancy, but do everything well."

Division VII champion Walton features a strong two-back attack with juniors Bryant Mead (6-0, 179) and Phil Hanley (5-9, 170). Hanley, who has rushed for more than 100 yards in the past four games, has a team-high 746 yards and 14 touchdowns on 63 carries. Mead has 522 yards and eight touchdowns on 49 carries.

Senior fullback Robbie Rigas (5-11, 245) has carried 53 times for 322 yards and five touchdowns. Junior Eddie Dickson (6-1, 172) also has provided Walton some speed in recent weeks and has 201 yards and five scores on 28 yards.

"(The key) is not to turn the ball over and just basically shut down their run and make them pass," Hoover said. "Any time we can make a team go to just the passing, we've been pretty successful."




Warriors cruise in semifinal

By P.J. Harmer
Staff Writer

ENDICOTT _ No tricks, no treats.

Walton needed nothing but Phil Hanley and Bryant Mead during its 60-0 Halloween thumping of Candor in a Section Four Class D football semifinal Friday night at Union-Endicott's Ty Cobb Stadium.

Hanley rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries and Mead had 120 yards and two scores on five carries mainly on dives behind solid blocking from the offensive line as the Warriors cruised to a berth in the sectional final Nov. 8 against the winner of Saturday's game between Delhi and Groton.

"Our line does an amazing job for us," Mead said. "They open up the holes every week and that helps us make the long runs that we need to score."

Chad Gardepe had two interceptions for the Warriors (9-0), the defending Class D state champions who won their 22nd straight game. His first came less than a minute into the game, when he picked off Gino Martone at Candor's 31-yard line and returned it to the 6.

Gardepe, Walton's quarterback, said the power game worked well for the Warriors.

"We pounded them on the inside," Gardepe said. "It was working really well. The line made some great holes and the backs made some nice runs."

After the Indians stopped Robbie Rigas for a 2-yard loss, Hanley scored on an 8-yard run to make it 6-0.

Walton was unchallenged the rest of the way.

"We looked sharp, both offensively and defensively," said Walton coach Jim Hoover, who added his team adjusted well from a week that lacked a Tuesday practice because of the snowstorm that hit the area.

After forcing a punt on Candor's second drive, the Warriors needed five plays for their next score. Mead capped it on a 25-yard dive up the middle and Hanley ran in the conversion to make it 14-0 with 4:41 left in the opening quarter.

Another punt by the Indians gave the ball back to Walton, which then used two plays to score. This time, Mead finished the drive with a 78-yard run up the middle thanks to lineman Kenny Reynolds' block on Candor linebacker Cody Rose at the line of scrimmage. Eddie Dickson went in for the conversion and the Warriors led, 22-0, with 52 seconds to go in the first quarter.

"It was a normal dive," Mead said. "I felt like there was someone behind me the whole time. I was looking at my shadow just to see if there was anybody behind me."

Hanley scored on a 4-yard run and followed with a successful conversion run for a 30-0 lead with 7:36 to play in the second quarter.

Gardepe got in on the scoring when he broke to the right for a 23-yard TD with 1:55 to go in the first half. Mead went in on the conversion to make it 38-0.

Gardepe capped the first-half scoring when he intercepted Martone and returned it 45 yards with 47 seconds remaining to give the Warriors a 44-0 lead at the break.

"I did what I could with the ball and read it well," Gardepe said. "I had a wall set up and did what I could."

Hanley had a 54-yard run on the fourth play of the second half also on a dive. He went up the middle, shifted to the left and broke away from the defense to make it 52-0.

"I'm not used to playing on this field and I thought the 10-yard line was the end zone, so I started slowing down a little," Hanley said. "When I get in the open field, I basically go as fast as I can. I just look forward and don't ever look over my shoulder."

Aaron Holdosi scored with 1:51 to play on a 7-yard run and Dickson followed with the conversion run to make it 60-0.

"Last week we had a lot of success with the dive, too," Hoover said. "The kids are playing well and adjusting real well to the looks teams are giving us."


Walton routs Candor after fast start

By Kevin Stevens • Staff Writer • November 1, 2008

ENDICOTT -- Walton steamrolled into its quest for a 22nd consecutive football victory by hanging 22 points on Candor in each of the first two quarters Friday night on the way to a 60-0 Section 4 Class D semifinal romp.

The Warriors had logged 270 rushing yards by halftime at Union-Endicott's Ty Cobb Stadium, and their sixth and final first-half touchdown was of the defensive variety.

Phil Hanley rushed for 165 yards and three TDs, and Bryant Mead added 121 yards and two TDs for Walton (9-0), which will return to U-E a week from today to meet either Groton or Delhi in the title game.

Cody Rose rushed for 74 yards for Candor (7-2), which was outscored by a combined 106-0 in back-to-back semifinal-round losses to Walton.

"They're No. 1 for a reason. You have to play an absolutely perfect game to stick with them -- we didn't," said coach Mike Swartz, whose Indians had a six-game winning streak halted.

Imperfection struck early for Candor, which turned over the football on the second play from scrimmage -- Chad Gardepe intercepting a pass and returning 25 yards to the Indians' 6 -- and surrendered a touchdown on Walton's second offensive play.

And so it went on a night Walton scored on its first six possessions, didn't punt -- officially, that is; its lone punt was wiped away by a Candor penalty -- and attempted a mere two forward passes.

All this, after a perfectly disjointed week of preparation by New York's top-ranked Class D squad. One day of practice was snowed out entirely, and another was relegated to the high school gymnasium.

"It was a short week, we're not used to playing on Friday, so it was one less day of practice," atop the weather-related issues, Walton coach Jim Hoover said. "We didn't know what to expect."

The first TD, an 8-yard rush by Hanley, came with 1:39 elapsed. It became a 22-0 spread when Mead popped a 78-yard run for six points and Eddie Dickson tacked on a two-point rush in the final minute of the first quarter.

"Of everything we do, that's very important," Hanley said of jumping on an opponent early. "We harp on that every week. It's worked well for us in the past so we try to keep doing that.

"We practice hard all week, come out as hard as we can at the beginning and hopefully it turns out well for us."

First-half scoring was capped by Gardepe's 45-yard interception return for a score 47.9 seconds before halftime, the pass a well-pressured, high-lofted, second-and-14 delivery.

That made it two touchdowns in a shade over a minute for Gardepe, who took his lone carry of the night from the quarterback position 23 yards around left end for a score with 1:55 remaining in the half.

"We were able to hit them with the quick hits up front, the quick dives," Swartz said of Candor's offense. "Cody Rose is a heck of a fullback, he punishes people who try to get him. We wanted to come out and throw against them a little bit, we had success last year with that. At times we had time to do that, we just weren't able to execute it."

Candor, however, did not snap the football inside Walton's 40-yard line. On the final play of the first half, with the Indians looking at second-and-7 from the Warriors' 43-yard line, a direct snap intended for Rose sailed high, and Rose covered for a 21-yard loss.

"We pursued well, we knew our keys," Hanley said of the Warriors' defense. "At the beginning, No. 12 from Candor (Rose) -- a very talented running back -- he was running up the middle but we got our nose men to really stick it to him and dig down deep. I think toward the end of the game, we did a little bit better."

In all, the defending state champions' 453 rushing yards came on a tad over 10 yards per attempt -- a dozen rushes going for double-digit yardage. In fact, freshly up from the junior varsity came Dylan Hornbeck for two late-game carries that went for 34 yards to set up Aaron Holdosi for a 7-yard TD rush with 1:51 remaining.


Walton 60, Candor 0

Class D semifinal at U-E

Candor 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Walton 22 22 8 8 -- 60

First quarter

W: Phil Hanley 8 run (run failed)

W: Bryant Mead 33 run (Hanley run)

W: Mead 78 run (Eddie Dickson run)

Second quarter

W: Hanley 4 run (Hanley run)

W: Chad Gardepe 23 run (Mead run)

W: Gardepe 45 interception return (run failed)

Third quarter

W: Hanley 54 run (Cody Reed run)

Fourth quarter

W: Aaron Holdosi 7 run (Dickson run)


First downs 4 16

Total net yards 41 453

Rushes-yards 31-34 45-453

Passing yards 7 0

Comp-Att-Int 1-7-2 0-2-0

Punts-avg. 5-29 0-0

Fumbles-lost 2-0 1-1

Penalties-yards 4-20 4-35

Candor rushing: Cody Rose 19-74, Jordan Sears 8-2, Aaron Webster 1-(-1), Jorden Updyke 1-(-9), Gino Martone 2-(-32).

Walton rushing: Hanley 13-165, 3 TDs; Mead 5-121, 2 TDs, Jim MacDonald 3-36, Dylan Hornbeck 2-34, Dickson 6-23, Gardepe 1-23, TD; Evan Boyd 6-21, Reed 3-17, Holdosi 1-7, TD; Robbie Rigas 5-6.

Candor passing: Rose 1-1-0, 7 yds.; Martone 0-6-2, 0 yds.

Walton passing: Gardepe 0-2-0.

Candor receiving: Damien Liske 1-7.

Walton receiving: none

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