WALKER - St. Michael the Archangel waited a half before its offense began to click, but once it did, the Warriors were nearly unstoppable.
St. Michael (1-0) put up 36 unanswered second-half points as it rallied for a 43-22 win in a driving rain Friday night.
Warriors quarterback Dash Duncan and receiver Sonny Adams hooked up for scoring plays of 13, 38 and 12 yards.
C.J. Okpalobi led the Warriors rushing attack with 102 yards and a touchdown.
Walker (0-1) has struggled to win games in recent seasons, but looked ready to turn the tables on St. Michael when it took a 22-7 halftime lead.
“I thought we came out and played with emotion,” Walker coach Dwayne Sevario said. “The breaks went our way, and we had a bounce in our step. In the second half, I don’t think we responded well, and I’ll take responsibility for that.”
Walker, which got 152 yards rushing and three touchdowns from Carlton Perkins, never trailed in the first half.
The Wildcats led 15-7 with less than 30 seconds to go in the second quarter, when Perkins broke a 70-yard scoring run.
It gave the Wildcats a boost going into halftime, but it didn’t carry over.
“There was no panic at halftime,” St. Michael coach Eric Held said. “I told the guys to remember our last game from last year. We were down 41-7 to Haughton after one quarter, and we lost 64-54. I told them to remember that feeling.”
Walker wasted little time establishing itself. On its first series, the Wildcats moved 59 yards in seven plays for the game’s first score.
Walker quarterback Tyler Lockhart ran twice for 19 yards and completed two passes for 27 yards. Perkins finished off the drive with a 6-yard run over right tackle. Perkins added the two-point conversion for an 8-0 Walker lead.
St. Michael responded with a 67-yard march that got a boost from a fourth-down conversion at midfield. Duncan went on to complete four passes for 22 yards, the last a 13-yard touchdown to Sonny Adams.
Ashton Fletcher’s extra point made it 8-7 heading to the second quarter. Neither team could move the ball until Walker recovered Okpalobi’s fumble at midfield.
From there, Walker simply gave the ball to Perkins. The junior back carried around left end for 29 yards, and again for the final 21 as Walker’s lead grew to 16-7.
That score appeared as though it would stand until halftime, but Perkins broke loose around left end with 20 seconds left in the half. His weaving 70-yard touchdown gave Walker all of the momentum.