Kody Stack and Caleb Ballesteros combined for five touchdowns to lead Walnut Springs to its second straight victory by mercy rule, this time against Oglesby, 60-14, in the Six-Man Division II District 15 opener for both schools.
Stack scored on a pair of receptions and a rush of 11 yards, while Ballesteros returned a kickoff 70 yards to answer Ogleby’s first score and later rumbled for a three-yard touchdown.
Ballesteros finished with 72 yards on 11 carries, while Stack led all receivers with four catches for 97 yards. The duo led the Hornet offense to 361 total yards in less than three quarters.
Eddie Whitt was 6-7 passing, while Mario Ballesteros went 5-6, combining for 11-13 through the air for 219 yards. The remaining 142 yards came on the ground.
Whitt rushed for 36 yards on four carries, second only to Caleb Ballesteros, while Ryan Engelhardt added 31 yards on a pair of attempts. mario Ballesteros ran three times for 29 yards and Stack rushed twice 14 steps of real estate.
Stack led all receivers, while Jacob White was next in line with three receptions for 62 yards. Caleb Ballesteros had 14 yards on a pair of receptions, Zach Turnham gained 40 on his only catch and Whitt caught a pass for six yards.
The defense was led by Stack with 10 tackles, Jacob White with 8 and Caleb Ballesteros and Matthew Prescher each posted six.
Whitt began the scoring at the 6:53 mark of the first with a seven-yard run, and Andrew Herring hit the first of his two extra point kicks to give the Hornets the early advantage.
Oglesby fought back with a one-yard scoring pass, but Walnut Springs exploded after that.
Ballesteros went the distance on the ensuing kickoff, and Stack and Ballesteros each scored their touchdown runs to make it a 21-0 run.
Oglesby’s biggest play of the night, a 57-yard touchdown pass, appeared to give them some life with 35 seconds remaining in the half, but WSHS again answered quickly.
Before the final seconds of the second quarer could tick off, Stack caught a 27-yard touchdown strike from Whitt, and the rout was on.
The Hornets scored on a 45-yard kickoff return by White, touchdown passes from Mario Ballesteros to Stack and Turnham and a two-yard plunge by Whitt in the third, invoking the 45-point rule with 2:33 remaining in the period.
Walnut Springs looks to make it 2-0 in district play on Friday when the Hornets host Leverett’s Chapel for their annual homecoming game.