WALTON – An ever-deadly rushing attack from Unadilla Valley football, proved to be no match for the Walton Warriors, who crushed UV at 52-14.
While the UV Storm put up a respectable 220 rushing yards on 34 attempts, Walton surely was ready to one-up the road squad when they smashed the ball ahead 31 times for 285 yards combined. Walton completed two of their three passes for 74 yards, while UV failed to complete any of their six attempts.
At the half, Walton had climbed to a 45-6 lead – a hole that the UV offense couldn’t climb out of with no passing game to speak of, and a defense that was sliced through like butter all season long.
The Warriors were playing with passion, celebrating their nine graduating seniors prior to the start of the Class D Division V contest on Saturday, October 14.
That passion led the Warriors on a rampage, scoring 45 unanswered points – until UV’s Dante Dye capped off a nice drive with a 34-yard scamper to put the Storm on the board.
Scoring in the first half for Walton were the following in order: Alex Brooker (first quarter, 17-yard TD run), Alex Sorochinsky (first quarter, 19-yard TD run), Jacob Beach (first quarter, 42 yard passing TD), River Reed (second quarter, five-yard TD run), Josh Johnson (second quarter, 22-yard TD run), and Max Jacobs (second quarter, five-yard TD run).
Three touchdowns in each of the first two quarters of play, the six total were scored by a different Walton player.
The drives were often and seemingly endless, Walton secured 19 first downs in the lopsided win at home, while holding UV to just nine first downs.
Following the half, Bailey Wood of Walton smacked in their lone second half score, rushing in from three yards out in the third quarter.
Unadilla Valley managed to reach double digit scoring in what will be their final game of the 2017 season, when Mitchell Fernette punched the UV score in from one yard out in the final quarter.
Both playing quarterback for Unadilla Valley Fernette finished with 79 rushing yards on 15 attempts in the game, while Dye scrambled 19 times for 141 rushing yards – neither completed any passing attempts, with Fernette tossing up the lone interception in the first half of play.