The scoreboard at the football stadium in Leverett’s Chapel got a workout like no other in a Six-Man Division II District 15 game last Friday.
There were a combined 24 touchdowns and 176 points as Walnut Springs (8-0, 2-0) set a school scoring record in a 112-64 win against Leverett’s Chapel (6-2, 1-1) in a game many believe will ultimately determine the district champion.
Leverett’s Chapel cruised to a 22-12 lead with 26 seconds remaining in the open period thanks to consecutive TD passes of 20 and 26 yards.
But Walnut Springs junior sensation Kody Stack returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to bring the Hornets within two at the end of the first.
The Hornets proved to be just warming up as they racked up 48 points in the second. Ryan Engelhardt rushed for TDs of 42 and 15 yards in the period, while Eddie Whitt and Johnathan Stack each rushed for one score and passed for another. The touchdown passes were hauled in by Jacob White (58 yards) and Kody Stack (23 yards).
When the dust cleared and the teams vacated the field for halftime, there were already a combined 112 points with Walnut Springs leading 68-44.
The Hornets almost invoked the 45-point mercy rule early in the third as Whitt tossed his second and third touchdowns, a six-yarder to Kody Stack and a seven-yarder to Mario Ballesteros, to make it 84-44 with 5:53 remaining in the period.
Leverett’s Chapel answered 35 seconds later with a 73-yard scoring pass, the Hornets came back with a 32-yard run by Johnathan Stack, then LC finished the third-quarter scoring with a 1-yard TD toss to make it 92-57 Hornets after three.
LC scored its sixth passing touchdown of the night on a 10-yard play early in the fourth before the big three took over to put the game away for Walnut Springs.
Kody Stack rushed for a 20-yard score, Whitt ran for a 40-yard TD, then Ballesteros ended the game (via mercy rule) with 4:23 on the clock when he returned a fumble 45 yards to the house.
When all the score tallying was done, six Hornets had multiple touchdowns. Kody Stack scored four TDs - two receiving, one rushing and one on a kick return - and Johnathan Stack added three, all on runs. Engelhardt, Whitt, Ballesteros and White each crossed the goal line twice and Andrew Herring was 11-13 kicking PATs.
Walnut Springs finished with 572 yards of total offense including 428 on the ground and 144 through the air. Johnathan Stack rushed 11 times for 216 yards while Engelhardt also cracked the century mark with 111 yards on five trips. Whitt led in the throwing game, going 6-14 for 86 yards and three TDs. His favorite target was Kody Stack, who had four receptions for 73 yards.
There wasn’t a lot of defense played, but when Leverett’s Chapel had the ball, Engelhardt led Hornets in tackles with 12, followed by Kody Stack with 11 and White with 10.
Walnut Springs returns home to put its perfect record and streak of four straight wins by mercy rule on the line this week. Iredell visits the Hornets’ nest in a league game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.