East has team heading north; Wolverines go 4-0
by Marcel Pourtout
MDJ Sports Correspondent
September 22, 2012 02:42 AM | 2317 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The Walker school has played organized football for 11 seasons heading into the 2012 season, and the program had never had a season start 4-0 — until Friday.

Walker downed Mount Zion-Carroll 21-14 at Robertson Field to reach the lofty mark behind 290 rushing yards, led by the 207 gained by Evan Kasian.

Kasian capped the night by scoring the game-winning touchdown, completing an eight-play 75-yard drive with a 7-yard run to put the Wolverines (4-0) up for good.

“We wanted to use our strong running game behind our offensive line to wear Mount Zion down in the second half and manage the clock,” Walker coach John East said.

The Eagles had one last possession to tie the game and converted on a fourth-and-8 pass from Tristen Puckett to Corey Loftin with 3 minutes left in the game. However, the first down was negated on an illegal motion penalty.

The Eagles attempted to convert the fourth-down play again, but the ensuing pass fell incomplete.

“(Friday) was a hard fought game and even through some injuries, our guys stepped up and gave a great effort,” said Mount Zion coach Keith Holloway. “I told our team that Walker would be one of the top teams on our schedule and it was proven (Friday).”

After a scoreless first quarter, Kasian got Walker on the board first with a 37-yard touchdown with 3:36 left in the first half to give the Walker the lead, 6-0.

However, the Eagles (1-2) responded with a 96-yard kickoff return by Nate Bernhardt to take a 7-6 lead, and it would stay that way heading into halftime.

Walker asserted its rushing attack on its first possession of the second half and a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Cameron Bloebaum capped off an eight-play, 52-yard drive to give the Wolverines the 14-6 lead.

Mount Zion tied the score at 14-14 with 4:39 left in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by Bernhardt along with a two-point conversion.

After the contest, East gathered his team at midfield along with Walker supporters, including students, parents and administrators and openly thanked the entire fan base for its support.

“We knew coming into the contest that this was the first chance the program could become 4-0 to start a season,” said East. “Our motto this year is to win the next game, but it was important to get this victory for the Walker community and give a gift to the fans for their great support to us. We will now enter our bye week and work even harder to become 5-0.”
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