Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Walker's 5 TDs tie school record

TROPICAL FARMS — Willie Walker tied a school record with five touchdowns and two teammates hit season milestones as South Fork rolled over John I. Leonard 42-21 on Friday night at Joebud Staggs/Bulldog Stadium.

Walker had three of his five scores in the first half as the Bulldogs (6-3 overall, 4-1 District 14-5A), who already clinched a playoff spot, tried to shake off the Lancers (1-8, 0-5).

Walker's outburst tied the single-game TD mark, last achieved by Tim Lewis against Martin County in 2004 and set by Cleveland Gary in 1983 against Fort Pierce Central.

John I. Leonard, which runs out of a very compact version of the single wing, moved the ball up and down the field before halftime, holding leads of 7-0 and 14-13. But the Lancers had no answer for Walker, Zack Fisher or quarterback Ronnie Nelson in the second half.

Fisher rushed for 124 yards, running his season total to 1,012. He's the school's first 1,000-yard rusher since Corey McIntyre in 1995.

"My linemen really do a good job," Fisher said. "It's a good accomplishment, but all I want to do is win."

Nelson completed 11 of 14 passes for 137 yards to move to 1,009 yards passing on the season.

The South Fork defense asserted itself in the second half, limiting John I. Leonard to 75 yards.


Walker rushed for 112 yards on 18 carries and caught four passes for 71 yards. He caught a 21-yard touchdown pass and also scored on a 15-yard run and three 1-yarders.

"We were just executing and getting off the ball," Walker said. "It was just good blocking."


"It's all about effort," South Fork coach Dennis Lavelle said. "When the defensive guys start putting in the effort the offensive guys do, we'll be a good team. There's no excuse for the first half to be that bad and the second half that good defensively. We didn't do one thing different. All I did was yell at them. If I have to be a complete jerk to get them to play hard, I will."

"Offensively, what can you say? We're just the best we've ever been in 10 years."

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