WALKER — Live Oak used the long pass to score quickly in the first quarter to tie Walker 7-7, then relied heavily on its ground game for a 44-10 win Friday in a District 4-5A contest.
Walker took the opening kickoff and with quarterback Terry Bozeman completing 5 of 6 passes, the Wildcats in 8 plays moved to the Eagle 6 where Bozeman scored.
But Live Oak (2-4, 2-2) tied it at 7-7 on quarterback Michael Claverie’s 68-yard scoring pass to Jordan Jones on its third offensive play of the game. Claverie was 2 of 8 for 86 yards and rushed 8 times for 71 yards and a touchdown for Live Oak.
The Wildcats (0-7, 0-3) briefly regained the lead 10-7 on John Kramer’s 20-yard field goal that capped a 10-play, 60-yard drive with 4:13 left in the first quarter.
Live Oak then used the running of Kyle Knapps, who finished with 92 yards on 10 carries, to reach the Wildcat 5, but failed to score on fourth down. The Eagles held the Wildcats on their next possession and John Edwards fielded the only punt of the game and raced 85 yards for a Live Oak score. Knapps added the two-point conversion run for a 15-10 Eagle lead.
Live Oak’s Preston Faulkner intercepted Bozeman on Walker’s next possession to set up Knapps’ 34-yard touchdown run and 22-10 halftime lead. Bozeman, the No. 2 passer in the state, was 14 of 25 for 175 yards in the first half, but was held to only 50 yards passing in the second half to finish 18 of 33 for 225 yards.
Jacob Kennedy had seven receptions for 121 yards for Walker, while Kyle Nevels had 6 catches for 36 yards. Jalen Hills led Walker in rushing with 77 yards on 10 carries.
Live Oak extended its lead in the third quarter on Dillon Wang’s 3-yard touchdown run and Claverie’s two-point pass to Jones for a 30-10 game.
Calverie’s 11-yard touchdown run with 22 seconds left in the third quarter made it 37-10 as the Eagles totaled 300 yards rushing on 44 carries.
Live Oak rounded out the scoring with 8:01 left in the fourth quarter when Faulkner picked up a Walker fumble and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown.