Walker Leads Cuthbertson Past Parkwood in SCC Opener

Cuthbertson's Trevor Grant breaks away from Parkwood's Michael Williams to score a touchdown. (Photo by Rick Becker)

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By The Numbers

3 Cuthbertson quarterback Davis Walker threw three touchdown passes.

5 Five different Cuthbertson receivers caught at least one pass.

22 Chris Panko had 22 tackles for Cuthbertson.

43 Cuthbertson kicker Brendan Sroczynski hit a 43-yard field goal.

109 Cuthbertson receiver Trevor Grant had 109 yards in receptions.

Cuthbertson quarterback Davis Walker threw three touchdown passes and the defense shut down the Parkwood offense as the Cavaliers opened Southern Carolina Conference play with a 24-0 victory over the Rebels Friday night.

“The defense played well and bottled Parkwood up all night,” said Cuthbertson head coach David Johnson. “You always want to start off 1-0 in conference play and we were able to do that.”

Walker was 23-of-33 passing for 269 yards and he threw touchdown passes of 31, 12 and 21 yards.

Cuthbertson receiver Trevor Grant had eight catches for 109 yards and one touchdown. Anthony Camarda had three catches for 52 yards and one score while Kris Weber had six catches for 52 yards and one touchdown for the Cavaliers. Josh Blocker had five catches for 42 yards and he caught a two-point conversion.

“I thought we managed the game well,” Johnson said. “I thought we hit a couple of big passes and we did enough to move the football.”

Cuthbertson scored on the first possession of the game for a 7-0 lead and the Cavs scored on their first touch of the second half for a 16-0 lead. Cuthbertson (2-3 overall, 1-0 SCC) then put the game away when Walker hit Weber for a 21-yard touchdown for a 24-0 lead with 7 minutes, 39 seconds left in the game.

Cuthbertson held Parkwood to 159 yards of offense — 88 rushing and 71 passing — and the Cavaliers twice stopped the Rebels on fourth down in the second half.

“More than anything, we need to get some things going offensively,” said Parkwood head coach Tim Speakman. “We have to sustain some drives. We only sustained one drive all night and that is not going to win football games.”

Cuthbertson opened the game with a seven-play, 68-yard scoring drive that ended when Walker hit Camarda for a 31-yard touchdown on second-and-13. Cuthbertson took a 10-0 lead into the halftime lockerroom after Brendan Sroczynski hit a 43-yard field goal with 1:35 left in the first half.

“It was good to put that through, and that field goal was big,” Johnson said. “It was a two-possession game going into halftime.”

Cuthbertson forced Parkwood to go three-and-out to start the second half and Cavaliers then marched 65 yards in nine plays and scored when Walker hit Grant for a 12-yard touchdown. The PAT failed as Cuthbertson led 16-0 with 6:13 left in the third quarter. Walker was 6-of-6 passing for 68 yards on the drive.

Cuthbertson then put the game out of reach with another 65-yard scoring drive that ended with Walker’s touchdown pass to Weber. Walker then hit Josh Blocker for the two-point conversation for the 24-point lead.

Cuthbertson is at Piedmont on Thursday, Sept. 28.

Scoring Summary

Cuthbertson 24, Parkwood 0

Parkwood 0 0 0 0 — 0

Cuthbertson 7 3 6 8 — 24

First Quarter

CHS — Camarda 31 pass from Walker (Sroczynski kick), 8:36

Second Quarter

CHS — Sroczynski 43 FG, 1:35

Third Quarter

CHS — Grant 12 pass from Walker (Kick failed), 6:13

Fourth Quarter

CHS — Weber 21 pass from Walker (Walker pass to Blocker), 7:39

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Paul Nielsen
Nielsen was a sports writer for what is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for nearly 32 years before moving to North Carolina in February 2016. At the Democrat-Gazette, Nielsen's primary responsibility was beat coverage for Rogers High School. Rogers is a Class 7A school located in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen, a University of Arkansas graduate, covered the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League Baseball team from 2008-2015. The Naturals are the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Nielsen has experience covering University of Arkansas athletics, including NCAA Tournament basketball games and several football bowl games. He also covered amateur and professional golf tournaments in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen lives in Matthews with his wife, Susan. He can be reached at ripig1979@yahoo.com.