By PATRICK CASEY
Walton turned in one of their top offensive performances of the 2017 season in front of
a raucous Homecoming crowd as junior quarterback Kentrell Parker ran for 200 yards and a
pair of scores while connecting with receiver Eyin Cole for two more as the Braves posted their
eighth consecutive win over Chipley in varsity football with a 48-34 decision this past Friday
night at Everette Yates Memorial Stadium.
Walton fell behind 6-0 as Chipley took the opening kickoff and moved 54 yards in just
five plays to take the lead on Kelvin Dean’s 28-yard scoring jaunt.
The Braves came right back with a 65-yard drive that needed just six plays to get into
the endzone as Cole caught a pass on the Braves’ sidelines and juked his way 19 yards for the
score. Eliborio Hernandez’s extra point put the Braves ahead to stay at 7-6.
Javon Graham helped Walton score their next touchdown as he blocked a Chipley
punt and recovered the loose pigskin at the Tigers’ 5-yard line with JB Baker sweeping in from
that distance two plays later to push the lead to 14-6.
Walton’s defense stopped a Chipley drive that reached the Braves’ 31-yard line
midway through the second quarter and a short punt set up the host team’s final score of the
first half as a 39-yard drive resulted in Parker scoring on a 5-yard run for a 21-6 halftime
The third quarter went wild as the two teams combined for seven touchdowns with
Walton’s Nick Campbell stripping Dean of the football for a 39-yard fumble return for a score
that was followed by Chipley’s Andrew Lawton returning the following kickoff 67 yards to get the
visiting team within 41-27.
Chipley used pooch kicks on kickoffs twice in the second half and forced a pair of
Braves miscues to score back-to-back touchdowns to stay close over the final 24 minutes. That
tactic worked after Lawton ran the kickoff back to give Chipley another possession at the Braves
49 with Dean scoring on a 46-yard run to trim the lead to 41-24 with just 20 seconds left in the
The Chipley defense could not stop the Walton offense, however. The Braves moved
into Tigers territory and missed a 43-yard field goal attempt by Hernandez but the home team’s
defense forced another punt and Parker led the final scoring drive of the night as the team
marched 62 yards in six plays for a touchdown as Elijah Neal hauled in a key pass to convert a
third down play at midfield before Cole ending the chances of a comeback with a 35-yard catch
and run for the final points of the night.
Chipley completed just one pass on the night as their offense struggled to contain a
Walton defense that harassed quarterback Mason Cook on most of his pass attempts. Dean ran
for 148 yards while Lawton added 96 but the Braves made too many plays on offense and got
two key scores from special teams and the defense to knock off the heavily favored Tigers.
Parker had a fantastic night and ended Chipley’s last threat at getting back in the
game with an interception near midfield with 2:45 left in the contest to seal the victory. He threw
for 122 yards with the two scoring strikes to Cole and did not have an interception.
Jazzlyn Jarrett was named the school’s 2017 Homecoming Queen with Chris
Heironimus chosen as Homecoming King moments before the game kicked off.
Walton(3-6) will now close out the regular season with a home game against a
Blountstown squad that is 6-1 overall after posting a 3-0 road win against region foe Port St. Joe
last week at Shark Stadium. The Braves will celebrate Senior Night before kickoff which is set
for 7 p.m. on Friday night.