Walton running game grinds down B-G


Walton 42, Bainbridge-Guilford 29

BAINBRIDGE – Walton’s loss last weekend to Tioga in the playoffs ended a 31-year streak of non-losing seasons. That said, one streak did not end: The Warriors’ 3 ˝-decade run of dominance over the Bobcats.

Walton rushed the ball an incredible 69 times Friday night, 33 of those going to senior fullback Mike Beers. Beers had 180 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-29 victory to close the 2012 season.

Walton finishes with a 4-5 record, but has not lost to B-G in the 35-plus-year coaching stint of head coach Jim Hoover. “They just played Walton football and ground it out tonight,” said B-G coach Tim Mattingly. “They chewed up clock, and we had a hard time getting stops. They didn’t punt the ball at all.”

B-G scored two quick touchdowns early in the second quarter to take its only lead of the game. Just 53 seconds into the second quarter, Corbin Palmer hit Tyler Ouimet on a 56-yard TD pass. Walton mishandled the ensuing kickoff giving B-G the ball back at the Walton 17.

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