Last night, Anthony Walker showed that the "run" in North County's run-and-shoot offense is not a forgotten item after all.
Walker, a junior running back with 4.3-second speed in the 40, burst 62 yards to score with 1 minute, 29 seconds left, sealing host North County's 26-22 win over the best Southern-Harwood team in years.
First-year North County (4-1) built a 20-0 lead on three touchdown passes by John Ray (21-for-39 for 297 yards), the last a 14-yard toss to Troy Ross with just over two minutes left in the third quarter.
Southern, which fell to 3-2 after opening 2-0 for the first time since 1986, then rallied on the passing and running of quarterback Shawn Phipps.
Phipps, 8-for-13 for 148 yards in the second half, set up Clayton Pinkney's 4-yard touchdown run before scoring himself on a 6-yard keeper, to pull Southern within 20-14 with 3:40 to play.
Then came Walker's bolt through left guard that iced the decision.
"We gave them two big ones. There was that pass [to Ross] in the end zone and Walker's run," said Southern coach Buck Gardner. "That [the run] was a big play. We ran a blitz and just missed it.
"I'm displeased with the score, but not with the effort," he said. "When you keep coming back even when there's no time. . . . The kids showed a lot of heart."