Wall Peyton Wall
Rachel Von Stroup | The Journal Gazette Woodlan head coach Sherwood Haydock stalks the sidelines during the first quarter against Leo at Woodlan on Friday night.
Saturday, August 24, 2019 1:00 am
Leo 36 Woodlan 0
Wall runs wild for Leo in shutout
ELIZABETH WYMAN | The Journal Gazette
WOODBURN – Peyton Wall was already a first-team all-conference performer in the NE8 last season, as he rushed for 600 yards for Leo.
But he's looking for more.
And if his 13 carries, 251-yard, four-touchdown-one-interception game in a 36-0 season-opening win over Woodlan on Friday night gives any indication as to what he and this Leo team are capable of, Class 4A better watch out.
“Coming into this game we were told we were going to lose, down by six,” Wall said. “But knowing our team and how we're prepared, I knew if we all did our job we'd be phenomenal; we put on a show.”
The Lions and Wall made an early statement. The 6-foot, 180-pound senior popped off for a 67-yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage. Later in the first quarter he used an 87-yard run, blasting through the secondary untouched to give Leo a 13-0 lead.
Lions quarterback Cameron Roach and Jackson Barbour split time. Barbour, a sophomore, showed his speed with a two-yard touchdown run with 6:14 left in the first half to put Leo up 19-0.
“They're both versatile,” Wall said.
“Cam, No. 10, he's a senior. I played a little with him last year and he's more of a pocket passer, but he'll run over people if he has to. Jackson Barbour, never knew the kid, and he came in as a sophomore now and he's a stud. He's a left-handed quarterback, he can throw dimes and run; those two quarterbacks are going to be something coming up.”
Barbour finished 4-of-6 passing for 59 yards and rushed for 25 yards and a touchdown.
The Lions defense stifled Woodlan coach Sherwood Haydock's offense, led by senior quarterback Ben Reidy.
In Haydock's first time coaching a game since having a heart attack on July 31 and an ensuing heart procedure, his quarterback went 7 of 19 for 76 yards and four interceptions. Late in the first half, Wall capitalized on one of Reidy's errant throws and turned it into a five-yard touchdown run three plays later to make it 26-0 at the half.
“I thought the execution was spot on tonight, really in all three phases of the game,” Leo coach Jared Sauder said. “Our defense did an outstanding job. I think we answered little bit of questions up front; we have some holes to fill on the defensive line and saw some young kids really step up.”
Wall, who needed to play just three quarters, had his most impressive run on an untouched sprint down the Leo sideline for a 53-yard touchdown run late in the third.
“I saw a hole on the right side and my man Greyson LaRocque pinning two guys down, and I was gone.”
With a game against Angola next week, Wall wants to make sure this win is no fluke.
“We can go to the moon or it can be a bust,” he said. “Next game could be a boom like this game or a bust.”