Reporter Staff Report

Walnut Springs (9-2) had no trouble getting through its first Six-Man Division I playoff game, amassing 26 points in each of the first two quarters on its way to a 52-0 pounding of Irving Universal Academy.

The game was called at halftime due to the mercy rule after Kody Stack scored on runs of 2, 33 and 31 yards and Mario Ballesteros tossed TD passes of 28 and 30 yards to Dylan Cooke and Trey Buscha.

Other TDs were scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone by Austin Rose, a 37-yard punt return by Dillon Rose and a 3-yard burst on the ground by Ryan Engelhardt.

Engelhardt had 95 yards on just five carries and Stack gained 80 yards on four attempts. Ballesteros was 3-3 passing for 89 yards, with two passes for 61 yards to Buscha.

Engelhardt and Stack both amassed nine tackles in the half-long contest, while Ballesteros had six.

Universal Academy did manage to have the gameís leading rusher as JíColby Hopkins picked up 146 yards on 13 carries.

The Hornets, who went to the semifinals as a Division II team each of the last two years, face Knox City in the Division I regional semifinals. Knox City used a triple-digit scoring effort to get by Blanket 101-56 in its playoff opener last week. The Greyhounds are 8-3.

The game is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Longhorn Stadium in Early with the winner facing either Throckmorton or Saint Jo in the state quarterfinals next week.