Bainbridge-Guilford is one of two Chenango County teams to qualify for postseason play – Greene is the other – and it begins its foray into the Class D playoffs at defending state champion Walton.
Playing Walton is not an easy task for any club, and the Bobcats are coming off back-to-back defeats to Delhi and Unatego respectively. In the former, B-G had some success moving the ball, but could not stop the Bulldogs’ offense. In the latter contest this past Friday, the Spartans stopped the Bobcats’ offense stone-cold, and if not for a couple of key defensive stops by B-G, the 17-0 final would have looked much uglier on the scoreboard.
“Unatego just absolutely controlled the line of scrimmage, both offensively and defensively,” said B-G third-year coach Tim Mattingly. Leading rusher Dustin Ross was keyed on by the Unatego defense, and finished with just five yards. “Every time Ross touched the ball, three or four guys were all over him. We didn’t play a good game, but Unatego definitely dominated.”
If Delhi and Unatego were dominant, those two clubs may seem like patsies when confronted with an imposing, impressive Warriors club.
How impressive? The last two weeks, Walton has outscored its opponents 140-12. Through seven weeks, there are 19 teams in Section IV who haven’t scored that many points all season.
Averaging well over 300 yards of offense per game and over 47 points per game on offense, no one has slowed the Walton attack. Going one further, few have place much of a dent in the Warriors’ defense. Walton has outscored the opposition by 307 points, a statistic that places the state champs in a league of their own.
“They’re just methodical, well disciplined, carry out great fakes, and block extremely well,” Mattingly said.
In other words, there are few if any weaknesses. “We know it’s going to be a tough game, and I think there is a mental thing (for opponents) going up against Walton,” Mattingly said. “The question is, even if we slow their offense down, will we be able to move the ball? We will have to play our best game; we’ll see how it goes.”