ST. JOSEPH — Dalton Walsh passed for five touchdowns and Orion Ciota carried the rushing load, leading St. Joseph-Ogden to a 48-26 nonconference victory against Monmouth-Roseville and its all-state running back, Martel Hunter.
“I thought we played really well, other than the fact we gave up two huge, long runs to Martel Hunter, although I thought we played well defensively even,” Spartans coach Dick Duval said. “We knew going in he would be hard to contain.”
Walsh finished 15-of-24 passing for 272 yards, with three of his TD tosses going to Connor Janes. The others were to Hunter Hart.
“I’m not sure if we’ve ever had someone throw five touchdown passes,” Duval said.
The victory might have come at a high price, however. Spartans senior running back Austin Hedrick, who entered the weekend as the area’s No. 2 rushing leader with 1,141 yards, was forced to leave the game late in the second quarter with an injury that Duval suspects is serious. Ciota filled in with 141 yards on 20 carries.
“He stepped right in there and had a great game,” Duval said.
SJ-0 (6-2) won its fourth in a row.
“I thought it was a big win for us,” Duval said.