Walton 30, Greene 20
WALTON – Greene is now in the position where it cannot lose another division game.
The Warriors capitalized on field position in the second half, and scored on a pair of TD passes to hand the Trojans their first defeat of the season Saturday afternoon.
Walton quarterback Dan Gehl tossed a five-yard TD pass on fourth down to Steve Kaminsky, and then fired a 21-yard strike over a Greene pass rusher and just out of the reach of Greene defensive back to Justin Gardepe in the fourth.
“That second TD pass, it was just a tremendous throw and a tremendous catch,” said Trojans head coach Tim Paske.
Greene’s only turnover of the game, a lost fumble in the third period, gave Walton the ball at the 10-yard line with a golden opportunity to expand its 14-7 halftime lead. It did when Kaminsky was delivered a picture-perfect pass.
Phil Gladstone’s 41-yard pass reception set the stage for the Gardepe TD catch.
Greene had the lead just 13 seconds into the game. Walton fumbled away the opening kickoff, and Scott Gorton hit Brendan Kinne on a 17-yard scoring pass on the Trojans’ first offensive play.
Touchdown dashes by Evan Boyd and Phil Hanley moved Walton back on top. The Warriors had 145 rushing yards at halftime, but were held to just 40 rushing yards in the second half. As a result, Walton used the airways for its two second-half scores.
Greene answered Walton’s last touchdown with a Gorton six-yard do-it-yourselfer in the fourth stanza. “Overall, we did a good job, the big thing is that we didn’t finish drives,” Paske said.
Greene won the total yards battle 269-263. Tyler Beckwith scored on a 20-yard TD run in the third quarter and led Greene with 76 yards on 15 totes.
Score by quarters
Gr. 7 0 7 6–20
Wa. 6 8 8 8–30
Gr. Brendan Kinne 17 pass from Scott Gorton (Nic Puglisi kick)
W: Evan Boyd 2 run (run failed)