DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Junior quarterback Drake Roberts threw for almost 400 yards and three touchdowns to lead South Walton to a 38-6 win over county rival Walton on Friday at Walton High School.
This was the third year in a row the Seahawks have beaten the Braves.
“I said before the game … we’ve won three in a row, and I don’t want to go backwards,” said South Walton Coach Phil Tisa as he walked off the field after the Class 4A battle.
And for the Seahawks, it was full steam ahead.
Roberts completed 18 of 28 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns, including a 99-yard strike in the third quarter to Jaden Page.
“We got some offense rolling, and we were able to complete our passes,” Tisa said. “And I thought our defense played a heck of a game tonight.”
The Seahawks held the Braves to 189 yards of total offense, with 168 coming on the ground. Jaylyn Lucious rushed 19 times for 103 yards and scored the Braves’ only touchdown midway through the fourth quarter on a 34-yard run. Xavier Young-Shipman was the other workhorse for the Braves with 54 yards on 15 carries.
The Seahawks scored on their second possession, with Roberts airing it out to JM Allen for a 52-yard TD strike.
In the second quarter, South Walton struck again. Starting from about midfield, the Seahawks put together a six-play drive with Cade Rowland pushing it over the goal line from 3 yards out.
South Walton led 12-0 at the half.
In the third quarter, South Walton hit pay dirt with Rowland capping off another drive on a 1-yard plunge. Eli Robb converted his first-ever extra point to put the Seahawks up 19-0.
Walton was on the move when South Walton’s Allen picked off Dalton Whitehurst at the 1-yard line.
With Roberts scrambling in the end zone he found an open Page, who scampered 99 yards for the score.
Walton got on the board in the fourth on Lucious’ run.
South Walton scored twice more. Roberts connected with Zack Greene for a 46-yard TD strike and then took it in himself in the last minute for a 38-6 win.
Although the win came over a county rival, Tisa said he was more proud of the team’s improvement.
“My proudest thing is the improvement from Week 1 to Week 2 … all that other stuff is past.
“The fact that we did things better this week than last week means more to me than all those other things.”
Up next for the Seahawks is a 7 p.m. game in Northview next Friday, while the Braves will travel to Panama City Beach to face Arnold.