Walker (2-0) piled up 22 straight points in the second quarter to break open a 13-7 game and never trailed in getting off to their first 2-0 start since 2009.
Kasian did all his work on just 14 carries, giving him nearly 20 yards per rush against a gassed North Cobb Christian defense. He scored the first touchdown of the game from 2 yards out, and Mitchell Boylan returned an interception 15 yards for an early 13-0 lead for the Wolverines.
“(Kasian’s) just a great runner,” Walker coach John East said. “He’s a powerful runner, he’s a fast runner and he’s a smart runner. The other thing is the guy at fullback, Patrick McPherson, the two of them are becoming one. It’s almost to me like they’re joined by a bungee cord. They’re starting to really get the flow together and that’s nice.”
The Eagles (1-1) pulled within 13-7 early in the second quarter after recovering a fumble at the Walker 21 and scored a 2-yard touchdown when Elijah Weems carried an option left.
But the Wolverines struck right back, as Kasian delivered the highlight of the night with a 63-yard touchdown run. Walker would turn the ball over on downs in Eagles’ territory on its next possession, but quarterback Cameron Bloebaum found his rhythm and threw touchdown passes to Kevin Bray and Sloan Coolbroth to close out the half.
Kasian did all the work on the first drive of the third quarter, rushing 61 yards to set up his own 4-yard run to increase the lead to 42-7. After Weems returned an interception for a score to make it 42-14, Kasian came immediately back with another touchdown, this one from 55 yards in a burst of speed down the right sideline.
East was pleased with the way his team asserted itself right out of intermission.
“It’s important to me to manage a game,” East said. “I’m looking to manage the points on the board and manage the clock. The coaching staff’s doing a great job. This is the first time we’re all working together. North Cobb Christian’s got some great football players and some great athletes.”
Although North Cobb Christian came in 1-0, it marked its first live game action of the season. Southwest Atlanta Christian forfeited its opener to the Eagles.
“It was good to get back on the field,” Eagles coach Harry Miles said. “Obviously you don’t want to come out and play a team like Walker as your first game. It is what it is, and we’ll come out on Monday and get ready for Mount Zion.”