“Before we left school, we talked about how important this game was,” first-year Walker coach John East said. “The opportunity to go 10-0. The opportunity to win a region championship and hang a banner in the gym, which hadn’t been done before, and make sure to lock down a home playoff game — which is awesome.”
Walker posted its first shutout of the season and held Gordon Lee (5-5) to just 94 yards of total offense.
“Our defense played tough all year,” East said. “(Defensive coordinator Pat) Hall does an incredible job. They came into (Friday) and decided, ‘Let’s shut them down. Let’s get the big zero on the board.’”
The Wolverines essentially put themselves on the brink of history in the first quarter, when they blocked Gordon Lee’s punt attempt, which then led to a 3-yard rushing touchdown by Kasian.
“That blocked punt was part of the defense,” East said. “The defense takes all the responsibility for that.”
Midway through the second quarter, Cobb County’s leading rusher added to the margin from the Wildcat formation with a 26-yard sprint to the end zone for a 14-0 lead.
In the second half, the defense continued to hold Gordon Lee without a first down, until after Kasian put the final points on the board.
Cameron Bloebaum started Walker’s third drive with a 46-yard completion to Sloan Coolbroth, placing the ball on the Trojans’ 6-yard line. One play later, Kasian pushed his way into the end zone for a commanding 21-0 advantage with 4:16 left in the frame.
“Evan is a great running back, but we can come at you with a lot of other things,” East said.
Bradley Moore ended Gordon Lee’s best drive of the game with an interception of Hayden Casteel’s pass in the fourth quarter.
“Our motto all year has been, ‘Win the next game,’” East said. “The next game is the most important one, but what we talked about (Friday) was the fact that this game adds up to all the other nine.”
It first region championship in tow, Walker must now wait until Tuesday, when the Georgia High School Association releases its final power rankings for the Class A private schools. The Wolverines, who entered Friday’s game fifth in the power rankings, will be off for two weeks until the 16-team tournament begins.
Walker will be playing a postseason game for only the second time, and the first such occasion since 2005.