In a matchup of Section 4 Football Conference Division VI unbeatens, Ronnie Ballard rushed for three touchdowns and passed for another as Deposit-Hancock earned a 50-32 victory over visiting Walton on Friday night.
D-H (4-0, 2-0) rushed for 405 yards, with 280 of those coming from Ballard, who has 960 yards on the ground through four weeks.
“We have three seniors, a sophomore and a junior on the offensive line who all started last year,” Eagles coach Jeremiah Johnson said of Zach Gifford, Dustin Dailey, Tyler Shirkey, Trevor Stiles and Caleb Wood. “They come off the ball hard. We don’t go if they don’t go.”
Walton (3-1, 1-1) opened with an eight-minute drive that ended with a 14-yard scoring run by Dawson Beers, who finished 107 rushing yards on 23 carries. Beers’ two-point run made it 8-0.
Ballard answered with a 70-yard scoring run on a play in which ran in the wrong direction to start.
When Ballard hit Colby Hall on a 39-yard scoring play late in the first quarter, D-H had the lead for keeps at 14-8.
In the second quarter, Hall caught a 13 pass from Darren Shaver and the same two hooked up on the two-point conversion as the Eagles led, 22-8, at halftime.
A 50-yard touchdown run by Ballard in the third quarter increased the lead to 28-8 and by quarter’s end, D-H led, 38-16.
“It’s huge,” Johnson said of the victory. “Walton’s a big program and (coach) Jim (Hoover) does a great job with those guys. It doesn’t matter who he brings in. For our kids, it’s a really big win. It’s good to be in the driver’s seat (in the division).”
Hall finished with 52 receiving yards and 87 rushing yards for D-H, which will face Unatego in Week 5.
Beers had three touchdowns and Dylan Wood ran for 118 yards for the Warriors.
Newark Valley 35, Tioga 32: The visiting Cardinal outscored Tioga, 21-3, after halftime to rally for a Section 4 Football Conference non-division victory.
Newark Valley improved to 4-0 and Tioga dropped to 3-1.
On a fourth down play with just over three minutes remaining, NV quarterback Nick Schermerhorn hit Chad Wright on a 17-yard scoring play and the last of Connor Coleman’s five extra points capped the scoring.
“They hit a seam route over the middle and (Wright) made an acrobatic catch,” Tioga coach Nick Aiello said of the play that produced the winning points.
Tioga, Section Four Class D champions the past three seasons, drove to Newark Valley’s 35 on its final possession, but a fourth-down pass with 10 seconds left fell incomplete.
“You always take away stuff from good games, win or lose,” said Aiello, whose team led, 21-0, after one quarter and was ahead, 29-14, at halftime. “It’ll be a good film study. We’ll pick things out and we’ll be able to remember this feeling.”
Senior Jesse Manuel, Section 4’s all-time leading rusher, rushed 38 times for 232 yards and one touchdown for the Tigers. Backfield mate Adam Zwierlein gained 129 yards on the ground on 21 attempts and scored three touchdowns.
Schermerhorn finished with 204 rushing yards and 57 passing yards. He scored two rushing touchdowns, including a 10-yarder in the third quarter that brought NV to 32-28.
Waverly 28, Susquehanna Valley 7: Quarterback Peyton Miller scored twice on the ground and threw a touchdown pass as host Waverly improved to 4-0 with a Section 4 Football Conference Division III victory.
Miller completed 19 of 24 passes for 280 yards.
Waverly, which intercepted three passes, is 3-0 in division play.
SV is 1-3 overall and 1-2 in division.
Chenango Valley 27, Owego 19: Mark Mullins passed for 74 yards and a touchdown as Chenango Valley handed Owego its first loss of the season. CV is 3-1 overall and remains undefeated in Division III. Owego is 3-1 overall.
The Warriors controlled the ball and capitalized on key plays. They stopped Owego on downs and took over possession to open the second half. Mullins then hit Sam Trebilcock for a 20-yard pass and a first down. Mullins followed with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Matt Slezack, putting the Warriors up 20-6.
Owego pulled to 20-13, when Will Gladney caught an 18-yard scoring pass from Logan Neira, but Chris Singleton’s 4-yard scoring rush in the fourth quarter sealed it for CV.
Mullins completed seven passes, and teammate Nick Pert rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown.
Neira led Owego with 101 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Sidney 58, Whitney Point 6: Freshman Darren Smith went 10-for-12 for 263 yards and five touchdown passes as host Sidney cruised to a Section 4 Football Conference Division IV victory.
The Warriors (2-2, 1-1) had 42 points by halftime.
Nate Vibbard caught five passes for 102 yards and three touchdowns.
Johnson City 43, West Genesee 7: Shafeeq Hosea scored three first quarter touchdowns to lead host Johnson City to a non-league victory.
Hosea scored on runs of 54, 55, and 23 yards as JC bolted to a 20-0 lead. Johnson City coach Fred Deinhardt said Hosea, a junior, benefited from great blocking up front.
Defensive tackle Keyshon Shaw scored his first varsity touchdown, intercepting an attempted screen pass and taking it back 26 yards.
Johnson City (2-2) will travels to Maine-Endwell at 7 p.m. this coming Friday. The Spartans have won 55 straight games.
Unadilla Valley 28, Delhi 6: Nick Stirone rushed for 73 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Storm (2-2) in their second straight win.
Stirone scored on a 30-yard run in the first quarter and a 12-yarder in the second to put UV up 14-6 at the half. UV added two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a 67-yard interception return by Mason Fernette to seal it.
Quarterback Connor Gioffe scored Delhi’s lone touchdown on a 2-yard run in the first quarter.
Windsor 26, Lansing 8: Trevor Kimble threw three touchdown passes to lead the visiting Black Knights to a non-division victory.
Kimble threw for 201 yards and rushed for 104 as Windsor improved to 2-2. His last touchdown pass covered 61 yards to Cole Thurston, who caught four passes for 162 yards.
Windsor coach Tim Hogan said his squad performed well against Lansing’s man-to-man coverage on the outside.
Windsor will travel to Oneonta on Saturday for a Division III game.
Rob Centorani, Mary Rakas, Nicolas Cannon and Erin Saeger contributed to this report.