Reporter Staff Report
Kody Stack scored five touchdowns including a 52-yard interception return that allowed fans to leave nine minutes early Friday night.
Stack’s big game, in which he scored on runs of 55, 20 and 15 yards and again on a 38-yard reception, led Walnut Springs to a 59-12 rout Kopperl.
It was the third straight win by the Hornets, who improved to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in Six-Man Division I District 12. They have the inside track to winning their third straight district title and are idle this week. It would be the first Division I title for the Hornets, who moved up from Division II this year.
Kopperl scored first, but the Hornets answered with 45 straight points.
Stack began the assault with his first two rushing touchdowns. He ran for 132 yards on just 10 carries.
Mario Ballesteros, who was 5-6 passing for 100 yards, added the next three scores through the air to make it 45-6 at the half.
He hit Trey Buscha for a 25-yard score, connected with Stack for a 38-yard TD then found Ryan Engelhardt on a 7-yard scoring pass.
Kopperl put its final points on the board early in the third quarter before Stack finished the game with his final scoring return late in the third and his pick-six early in the fourth.
Dillon Rose led the defense with 10 tackles. He and Stack are now tied for the season lead with 76 each.
Stack has also rushed for 828 yards and 16 TDs on 68 carries and caught 11 passes for 179 yards and two scores. He’s returned six kickoffs for 164 yards and picked up 50 yards on his only punt return. He also has 87 yards on two interception returns.
Ballesteros has managed the offense effectively all year, completing 60.6 percent of his passes for 873 yards and 11 TDs.
Engelhardt leads in receptions with 19 and receiving yards with 210. He also makes a nice 1-2 punch with Stack in the backfield, gaining 528 yards and scoring 10 times on 42 carries.
Other primary receiving targets include Buscha (11-203, 4 TDs) and Dylan Cooke (11-122, 2 TDs).
Joining Stack with two interception on the defensive side are Jeremiah Essix and Ballesteros. Buscha and Engelhardt each have one pick.
Rose has been a key addition to Stack on kickoff returns, bringing seven kicks back for 187 yards.
The Hornets Advantage Academy in their season finale Nov. 5.