The Eagles (5-1, 2-0) trailed 9-0 midway though the second quarter before scoring 28 unanswered points to secure the win.
“We put ourselves in rough positions on offense in the first quarter,” Mount Paran coach Mitch Jordan said. “We fought hard and were able to overcome the adversity that comes with a rivalry game like this.”
The Eagles’ comeback began in the second quarter with an Emoni Williams’ 5-yard touchdown run up the middle, which cut the Wolfpack’s lead to 9-7.
Mount Paran’s offense regained possession on a Taylor Trammell interception, and subsequently took a 14-9 lead into halftime when Walker took a direct snap from center and ran for a 4-yard touchdown with less than a minute left in the first half.
“We executed our running game better from the second quarter on,” Jordan said. “Whitefield has a physical defense but we took advantage of our depth and Walker ran hard all night.”
Chance Hogan’s interception led to the Eagles increasing their lead to
21-9 late in the third quarter on Walker’s second touchdown run of the game, this one from 7 yards out.
Mount Paran took its biggest lead of the contest midway in the fourth quarter on Walker’s third touchdown, making the score 28-9. He finished the contest with a game-high 103 yards rushing.
Whitefield (2-4, 0-2) attempted a comeback of its own with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Everett Pollard to Alex Manning late in the fourth quarter, making the score 28-17. Pollard had 133 yards passing in the contest but also threw three interceptions. He and Nile Ball each had a team-high 46 yards rushing in the loss.
“Our kids kept playing hard through the adversity but ran out of time,” Whitefield coach Jimmy Fields said. “Our offensive line blocked well and Ball gave us a spark at running back. Our young defense, particularly Cameron Jenkins and Jordan Edge, stepped up for us as well.”
Whitefield scored the first touchdown of the contest midway through the second quarter on a 30-yard touchdown catch through the Mount Paran defense by Ball.
Eagles quarterback Jake Allen fumbled the ball on the next possession and it was recovered by Whitefield’s Matthew Hebert. The Wolfpack took advantage of the good field position and a 36-yard field goal by Matt Olsen increased the lead to 9-0.