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2018-10-10 / Sports

Walton ‘11’ Edges Spartans in Overtime

By Tom Coddington


TRYING FOR STRIP — Walton’s Kyle Wright and Dylan Jacob attempt to strip the ball from Unatego’s Caden Clow, as Clow catches the game-tying two-point conversion that would send the game into overtime on Friday. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter TRYING FOR STRIP — Walton’s Kyle Wright and Dylan Jacob attempt to strip the ball from Unatego’s Caden Clow, as Clow catches the game-tying two-point conversion that would send the game into overtime on Friday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter WELLS BRIDGE — Host Unatego ran 65 offensive plays to 38 for Walton on Friday, but the Warriors came out on top, with a 20-14 victory in overtime. Skylar Pesout scored on a sevenyard run in the extra minutes.

The Warriors scored first, in the first quarter, and added the conversion for an 8-0 lead, which stayed until the third period, when the visitors scored and made it 14-0, after the conversion attempt failed.

The Spartans got all of their points in the fourth quarter. The second score came with 1:07 remaining in the game on a run by Connor Griffin. Walton did not score in the late minutes, forcing the overtime.

Warrior quarterback Dylan Jacob scored the other touchdowns, and he also completed two-of-three pass attempts for 28 yards


WINNING LEAP — Walton’s Skylar Pesout leaps into the end zone with the winning play of Friday’s game, as the visiting Warriors came out with a 20-14 victory. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter WINNING LEAP — Walton’s Skylar Pesout leaps into the end zone with the winning play of Friday’s game, as the visiting Warriors came out with a 20-14 victory. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Griffin paced Unatego’s 212 yards, rushing 15 times for 87 yards and Derrick Rose got 80 yards on 18 carries. Quarterback Noah Hatalla completed just three passes in 12 attempts, and the Walton defense intercepted him twice.

“It was definitely more of a defensive game than our last game,” remarked Walton Head Coach Adam Hoover. Regarding the difference in the offense, he said, “ A lot of that was good defense on their part, but some of it was offensive mistakes on out part. We fumbled the ball five times, even though we only lost two of them, it still makes it hard to get things going offensively when you are wasting plays.


GETTING TACKLED — Unatego’s Connor Griffin carries the ball as Walton’s Skylar Pesout tackles him during Friday’s game. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter GETTING TACKLED — Unatego’s Connor Griffin carries the ball as Walton’s Skylar Pesout tackles him during Friday’s game. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter “We did a good job on defense to make them earn their yards. Twenty of their plays were third or fourth down plays, which shows that they had to work for everything they got. Going into the game, we knew it was going to be a grind it out type of game and that is definitely what it turned to. Both teams played tough defense, but we were able to make a few more plays than they were, and get out of there with a key victory.

“Halfway through the first drive, Josh Joshson got hurt, so we played basically the entire game without a senior on the field. He’s going to be OK, but to win a game without any senior leadership shows how far we have come since the beginning of the year,” Hoover stated.

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