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Razorbacks’ hopes for postseason end with loss to Emerald

WALHALLA – The season ended abruptly Friday night for the Walhalla High School football team, as it lost 29-6 to Emerald, failing to capitalize on an opportunity to advance to the postseason for the first time in five years.

A victory would have given Walhalla a second-place finish in the Skyline AA region. Instead, the Razors find themselves on the outside looking in once again.

“We couldn’t run the ball,” said Walhalla head coach John Boggs. “They whipped us inside. Their interior is good. They’re as good as any we’ve seen. They just got after us and whipped us. We struggled there all night long and what little bit we were able to throw it was sporadic.”

Emerald set the tone early by driving down the field quickly on the game’s first drive. It could not finish the drive, however, when quarterback Zane Newton fumbled and Walhalla recovered.

The Razorbacks could not take advantage of the turnover, though, and promptly punted the ball back to the Vikings.

Starting at their own 39-yard line, Emerald systematically moved the ball in six plays and went ahead 7-0 when Newton found the end zone from 3 yards out.

Walhalla showed some signs of life on their next drive, but they could not convert on a Ryan Metz 32-yard field goal attempt.

“We couldn’t find a groove,” said senior receiver Nick Tubbs. “We couldn’t find our rhythm tonight.”

Emerald added a 27-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter to take a 10-0 lead into half.

The second half led to more of the same. Walhalla had difficulty moving the ball offensively and had no answer for Emerald’s running game.

That running game was led by Jared Norman, who racked up 198 yards on 16 carries. He torched Walhalla on option plays, breaking runs of 53, 51 and 39 yards.

The 51- and 39-yard runs resulted in two Emerald touchdowns. Those points put the Vikings up 26-0, clinched them a playoff spot and made the final quarter merely a formality.

The game marked the end of the careers of 15 Walhalla seniors, and Coach Boggs and the team made no effort to hide their emotions.

“It’s always sad when you see a group of seniors come through and go out,” said Boggs through tears. “You know it’s going to happen every year, but it doesn’t make it any easier when it does because we spend so much time with these kids and they do so much, sacrifice so much for the program.”

“This was the first group of middle schoolers when I first took the job here. You kind of become family. You know they’re still going to be around and you’re going to spend a lot of time with them, but it’s not going to the same.”

“It’s a real heartbreak,” said Tubbs. “We put in multiple hours and days doing everything we can to get better and change this program. It’s terrible that it ends this way.”

Walhalla’s only points came after a blocked punt with 4:19 left to play. Quarterback Lane Rochester moved the ball 2 yards into the end zone, but those points were much too little too late for the Razorbacks.

Emerald’s final points came on a 40-yard field goal by Jeremy Tommie with 1:20 to play in the fourth quarter.

Emerald 29, Walhalla 6

EHS 7 3 16 3 — 29

WHS 0 0 0 6 — 6

SCORING SUMMARY

First Quarter

E—Newton 3 run (Tommie kick), 6:05

Second Quarter

E—Tommie 27 FG, 0:01

Third Quarter

E—Norman 51 run (conversion good), 8:11

E—Norman 39 run (conversion good), 1:52

Fourth Quarter

W—Rochester 2 run (conversion failed), 4:21

E—Tommie 40 FG, 1:20

TEAM STATISTICS

EHS WHS

First Downs 11 10

Rushes-Yards 31-268 33-15

Passing Yards 107 172

Comp-Att-Int 12-17-0 12-20-1

Punts-Avg 1-38 5-29.6

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0

Penalties-Yards 12-63 5-25

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing – Emerald, Norman 16-198; Newton 11-75; Parks 2-0; Pooser 2- -5 Walhalla, Sharpe 17-23; Thompson 11 – -7; Rochester 5 – -1

Passing – Emerald, Pooser 9-11-0, 66; Newton 3-6-0, 41 Walhalla, Rochester 10-18-0, 117 Sharpe 2-2-0, 55

Receiving – Emerald, Gilchrist 4-28; Norman 4-16; Haskins 2-14; Jones 1-39; Cabello 1-10 Walhalla, Tubbs 7-85; Thompson 1-36; Brown 1-17; Talley 1-16; McCurry 1-15; Sharpe 1-3