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Written by: PFN Staff on Saturday, October 9th, 2021
The plan all along for Tyrone’s game last night against Penns Valley was to rotate Keegan Gwinn and Ashton Walk at quarterback and then ride the player who got hot.
As well as Gwinn played through the first quarter-and-a-half, it was looking like the incumbent was going to see a lot of action.
But one errant throw in the second quarter – a pass that was very nearly a knockout blow for the Golden Eagles – put Walk on center stage, and the freshman played beyond his years.
In his first extended varsity action with the first string, Walk completed 12 of 22 passes for 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns, leading the Golden Eagles on a game-winning scoring drive in the fourth quarter.
Tyrone rallied from an 18-6 deficit in the second quarter to defeat the Rams 28-18 at Gray-Veterans Memorial Field, scoring twice within 30 seconds in the fourth quarter.
“Not bad for a ninth grader,” Tyrone coach John Franco said of Walk. “He’s a hard worker and smart kid.”
When Walk entered the game Tyrone trailed 18-6 with time winding down in the first half. He had played only one series before that, throwing incomplete on his only pass attempt. But the Golden Eagles were in need of a spark.
Until then, Gwinn had been as hot as ever, completing 9 straight passes at one point, including a 14-yarder for a touchdown to Corrie Beck to finish a 64-yard drive on Tyrone’s first possession and put the Eagles up 6-0.
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