North Cobb’s Xavier Borishade scored four touchdowns Friday, including two in the game’s first six minutes, and the Warriors pulled away in the second half to shock third-ranked Walton 49-17.
Borishade returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a score, and on the Warriors’ next possession took a pass over the middle from Tyler Queen and outran the defense for a 78-yard TD and a 14-0 lead with 6:43 to play in the quarter.
North Cobb (2-0) still had the lead at 28-17 late in the third quarter when Borishade put the game away. His 4-yard TD reception from Queen with 3:38 to play in the quarter gave the Warriors a 35-17 lead. The two connected again on a 38-yard scoring pass with 8:35 left.
Borishade finished with eight catches for 173 yards. Queen was 11-for-17 passing for 195 yards and the three touchdowns to Borishade, and he carried 13 times for 56 yards and two more scores.
Walton (2-1) trailed for all but 14 seconds in the game, so it had to rely on the passing game much more than it did in season-opening victories over Brookwood and McEachern. Running back Tyren Jones, who came into the game second in the state in rushing after gaining 635 yards on 77 carries in the first two games, was effective as usual. He carried 34 times against North Cobb for 172 yards and a touchdown. But it wasn’t enough as the Warriors seemed to have a big-play answer for every Walton score.
Walton quarterback Parker McLeod completed 13 of 26 passes for 171 yards. Six of those completions went to D.J. Smith, including a 36-yarder for a touchdown with 46 seconds remaining in the second quarter that cut the North Cobb lead to 21-17. It was the first Walton touchdown this season, out of 10, that wasn’t scored by Jones.
But McLeod also threw a key interception early in the third quarter that was returned 25 yards for a touchdown by Romelo Lewis to give North Cobb a 28-17 lead with about a minute gone in the half. Walton never seriously threatened the rest of the way.
Because of Borishade’s early quick strikes, North Cobb had possession of the ball for just 6:16 in the first half compared to Walton’s 17:44, but the Warriors finished the game with a 385-363 advantage in total offense.
Walton – 7-10-0-0 – 17
North Cobb – 14-7-14-14– 49
N – Xavier Borishade 97 kickoff return (kick failed)
N – Tyler Queen 78 pass to Borishade (Queen pass to Quinten James)
W – Tyren Jones 12 run (Anthony Price kick)
W – Price 22 field goal
N – Queen 8 run (A.J. Borduin kick)
W – Parker McLeod 36 pass to D.J. Smith (Price kick)
N – Romelo Lewis 25 interception return (Borduin kick)
N – Queen 4 pass to Borishade (Borduin kick)
N – Queen 38 pass to Borishade (Borduin kick)
N – Queen 1 run (Borduin kick)