High School: What We Learned: Walpole 26, Natick 0

WALPOLE — The rivalry between Bay State Conference foes Walpole and Natick had become a little one-sided lately.

Although last year’s game went into overtime, Walpole had not enjoyed victory over its rival since 2014.

But the Timberwolves dominated in all phases Friday night, rolling to a 26-0 win to improve to 2-0 on the season. Natick fell to 1-1 with the loss.

We felt this was more of a case of Walpole being good than Natick taking a step back.

Here are some more thoughts on the win.

— Maybe this is premature. But after seeing Walpole roll to this lopsided score, we feel that this team deserves to be in the conversation of Division 3 state title contenders. There are plenty of good teams in the Bay State Conference, but the Timberwolves are as good as any of them. The offense is balanced and explosive, and the defense opportunistic.

— The Timberwolves have way more than one player who can hurt you. Quarterback Corey Kilroy can spread the ball around to a diverse skill group, starting with running back Andrew Falzone, who rushed for 95 yards Friday night. Max Collins, Sean O’Brien, and Jamal Abdal-Khalaq are all capable of hurting opponents, and the offensive line also played terrific.

— Natick is still going to be a tough out. The Redhawks have two quarterbacks, and both played well at times Friday night. Sophomore Damon Taylor and senior Drew George can each throw or tuck it and run when the situation calls for it. Taylor had some success in the short passing game, as did George. The Redhawks are solid at that position.