2018-09-12 / Sports

Walton Improves Football Record to 1-1, Downing Groton, 28-6

By Tom Coddington

GROTON— The Walton football team earned its first victory of the season, defeating host Groton, 28-6, on Friday. Keeping the ball on the ground for most of the game, the Warriors ran for 341 yards on 42 carries, averaging more than eight yards per rush.

On defense they held the host Indians to 123 total yards and fewer than 100 rushing. Head Coach Adam Hoover commented, “We had guys flying all over the field, we pursued well and gang tackled well. The past few years, against teams that ran the ball a lot we had trouble defensively. I am hoping we can build on the success from this past weekend and continue to defend the run well.

“Offensively, our young guys up front showed a lot of improvement from a week ago. We finished our blocks and stayed with defenders. We had two real nice long drives, including our opening drive that was 17 plays and 84 yards. It was very nice for our kids to be up, 8-0. It shows how well our line was blocking and how hard our backs are running.

We still have a lot of things we need to get better doing, but it’s a lot nicer to work on those things after a win! Plus, it made the four total hours on the bus more tolerable,” he concluded.

Josh Johnson led the Warrior rushing with 181 yards on 18 carries, including three touchdowns. Skylar Pesout had 67 yards on 11 rushes and the other touchdown. Alex Brooker had 66 yards on nine carries.

The Warriors scored once in the first quarter and once in the second, and had two-point conversions after both touchdowns. The Indians got their six points in the third period, and Walton scored twice in the fourth frame, but did not convert the extra points in either case.

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