It was Ryan Walker’s turn in the spotlight and the Bonny Eagle quarterback delivered a stellar performance on the big stage at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

Walker led Bonny Eagle to a come-from-behind victory, 26-22, over Portland last Thursday.

The Scots trailed Portland 22-13 entering the fourth quarter, but Walker led his team on two scoring drives, rushing for a touchdown and throwing for another.

“Walker is a little unheralded right now,” said coach Kevin Cooper. “He’s coming in as kind of a no-name. Obviously Portland has a pretty good quarterback (Chris Treister) but ours isn’t bad either.”

Walker was forced to carry much of the load on offense. Running back Stan Watts did not play due to a head injury and X-factor Scott Proudman saw limited time due to a bruised foot.

By rushing for a game-high 138 yards, including two touchdowns, and throwing a game-winning, 44-yard touchdown pass to Jake Durgin, Walker showed he is ready for the spotlight that comes with being the Scots’ quarterback.

The winning play had been brewing throughout the game.

“Every time we ran ‘waggle,’ Durgin said ‘Yo, I’m open on the backside post!” said Walker, “I kept saying ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah.’ Coach called waggle at the end there and (Jake) told me he was going to be open again.”

The quarterback assured his receiver he’d look for him.

“Sure enough there he was running down field full trot and I saw him,” Walker said. “He was a couple steps ahead (of the defenders) and I knew if I led him he could get it.”

Durgin got it, putting Bonny Eagle up 26-22 with 2:25 to play.

“Walker made a heck of a play; a heck of a throw” Cooper said. “Jake made a great catch too.”

All that was left to do was keep the Bulldogs high-power offense from scoring before time ran out.

The Scots’ defense did just that, forcing Portland to turn the ball over on downs with 32 seconds left in the game.

Bonny Eagle got on the board first when Justin Bernaiche picked off a tipped pass from Treister and scampered 40-yards for a touchdown.

Portland answered by scoring on the longest play of the game. Receiver Andrew Duncanson ran a reverse from left to right, but before crossing the line of scrimmage he backtracked to the left sideline where he sprinted 61 yards for the tying touchdown.

On Bonny Eagle’s next possession Walker looked to be playing the part of goat more than hero. Portland’s Scott Nappi picked him off at the 45-yard line, returning it to Bonny Eagles 26.

It was the first of two opening-quarter interceptions thrown by Walker. The second was returned 20 yards by Bill Young for a touchdown.

“I think (Walker) was a little jittery at first,” Cooper said. “He threw a couple of bad balls. That’s going to happen with a guy stepping in for the first time. Portland has good athletes back there.”

Walker settled down, completing six of 13 passes. Treister completed eight of 20 for 166 yards.

Junior Tyler Pratt rushed 10 times for 63 yards.

“We know Tyler Pratt is a good running back; he has just been behind a few other good ones,” Cooper said. “He played great on defense too. He stepped up big for us.”

Proudman managed 40 yards on eight carries despite his injured foot.

Bonny Eagle faces Westbrook (1-3) at home on Friday.


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