Walton quarterback Bradley Kilborn scored his third touchdown of the night with 5:19 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Raiders stopped a Lassiter drive in the final minute for a 31-27 victory at Lassiter’s Frank Fillman Stadium Friday night.
After watching a 24-14 lead midway through the fourth quarter disappear in a little more than one minute of play, the Raiders turned to senior running back Kyle Vorster, who had been the workhorse all night. And he saved his best for last, breaking off an 80-yard run to the Lassiter 1 to set up the winning score.
Lassiter (2-3 overall, 0-1 in Region 5-AAAAA) took the ensuing kickoff and drove 62 yards in 13 plays to the Walton 18, where the Trojans had it first-and-10. After a 4-yard pass to Charlie Hegedus on first down, Lassiter quarterback Eddie Printz threw three consecutive incompletions, including one that was broken up on fourth down with one minute to play.
Vorster finished with 243 yards and a touchdown on 37 carries.
Walton (3-3, 1-1) had led since early in the second quarter, but the Raiders saw it evaporate in the fourth. Printz threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Campagna to cut the lead to 24-21 with 9:06 to play in the game.
On its next possession, Walton attempted a quick snap on fourth-and-2 from their 28. But the snap was mishandled, and Lassiter’s Lorenzo Ford picked it up and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown to give the Trojans a 27-24 lead. The extra-point attempt failed after Lassiter was penalized for delay of game.
Vorster led Walton on two second-quarter touchdown drives to put the Raiders ahead after Lassiter had taken a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. He carried eight times for 62 yards during an 11-play, 79-yard drive that tied the game 7-7 with 4:33 to play in the second quarter. Kilborn capped the drive with a 4-yard run.
On the Raiders’ next possession, they went 35 yards in seven plays to take a 14-7 lead. Vorster carried five times during the drive and scored the touchdown on a 1-yard run. Walton increased the lead to 17-7 when Zach Miller made a 45-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.
Printz completed 22 of 36 passes for 293 yards.