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Walhala defeats Dixie Friday night
An unstoppable Walhalla offense put up seven touchdowns while the Razorback defense kept the Dixie Hornets off the scoreboard for a 49-0 victory. Walhalla finished with 530 yards in the game, led by junior quarterback Rob Middleton with 253 yards on 15-of-20 passing with two touchdowns. Junior tailback Meeshon Thompson helped keep the Razorback offense balanced with 155 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.
Walhalla head coach John Boggs said, “I’m proud of the kids. It’s a good way to bounce back after last week’s loss. I was proud of all of them. I thought we executed great offensively and executed well on defense.”
Dixie quarterback Jamaal Byers, despite throwing five interceptions, led the Hornet offense with 100 of the teams 104 offensive yards. Byers finished 6-of-18 with 92 yards passing and added eight yards on four carries rushing.
“At times we looked good throwing the ball, other than that it’d be hard to focus on much positive after the performance we put out tonight,” said Dixie head coach Brian Gamble. “Running the ball was a no-go for us even though we completed a few passes here and there.”
Walhalla started their scoring frenzy with five minutes remaining in the first quarter on an 11-yard pass from Middleton to Nick Tubbs. After holding the Hornets on the following series Walhalla muffed the punt, setting up the Dixie offense at the Razorback 24-yard line. The Walhalla defense held strong again, forcing an interception two plays later to maintain the shutout. The Razorback offense took advantage of the interception with a 69-yard pass to inside the ten-yard line. Thompson scored on the following play to put the Razorbacks ahead by two touchdowns.
“Our game plan was to sit back, relax, and settle into a groove going into the region. Our main focus was spreading the ball around, but also running the ball and getting our running game going,” said Middleton.
Sophomore tailback John Sharpe scored next for Walhalla on a one-yard run for a touchdown. The Hornets took the following drive inside the Razorback red zone to the six-yard line, but a defensive stop on 4th and one gave the ball back to Walhalla. The Razorbacks carried the momentum to the end of the half, adding another touchdown on a 28-yard pass from Middleton to Jacob Lee.
“It was 4th and one right before the half and I thought it was a big play for them to stop us on that 4th down and come back four or five plays later to score on us to go up 28-0 at the half when we could have gone in 21-7 if things would’ve worked our way,” said Gamble.
“I thought Meeshon Thompson ran the ball extremely hard. He’s getting better and better every week. He wasn’t really running physically earlier in the year and he’s started running hard and trying to run through tackles, so I was proud of him,” said Boggs.
The win moves Walhalla to 2-1 on the season with an open date next Friday. Dixie drops to 1-2 this year and will face Crescent next week.
Walhalla 49, Dixie 0
Walhalla 14 14 7 14 49
Dixie 0 0 0 0 0
WAL – Middleton 11 yard pass to Tubbs (Moxley kick) 4:19
WAL – Thompson 6 yard run (Moxley kick) 0:23
WAL – Sharpe 1 yard run (Moxley kick) 9:31
WAL – Middleton 28 yard pass to Lee (Moxley kick) 1:39
WAL – Thompson 3 yard run (Moxley kick) 4:42
WAL – Williamson 7 yard run (Moxley kick) 10:05
WAL – Kelley 1 yard run (Moxley kick) 5:41
First Downs 19 8
Rushes-Yards 36-244 25-12
Passing Yards 286 92
Comp-Att-Int 16-23-0 6-18-5
Punts 3-114 4-132
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-yards 13-104 7-42
Rushing – Walhalla, Thompson 18-135, Williamson 5-61, Middleton 2-7, Rochester 2-6, Sharpe 3-8, Kelley 4-4, McAllister 2-3. Dixie, Byers 4-8, Smith 2-(-10), Williams 1-(-1), Galloway 3-2, Norman 14-3, Davis 2-10.
Passing – Walhalla, Middleton 15-20-0 253, Williamson 1-2-0-33, Rochester 0-1-0. Dixie, Byers 6-18-5 92.
Receiving – Walhalla, Thompson 1-7, Moxley 3-38, Tubbs 3-103, Williamson 1-8, Reid 6-59, Lee 2-61. Dixie, Monts 1-6, Williams 1-10, Norman 1-10, Friddle 2-49, Harbert 1-17.