In Needham’s home opener, Mike Panepinto led the charge in a 26-6 upset of No. 7 Walpole on Friday night, rushing for 205 yards on 14 carries and scoring a pair of touchdowns.
The senior running back’s first score, an 88-yard run in the second quarter, was the second of four unanswered tallies. He added a 20-yard TD run in the third quarter.
Senior wide receiver Mike Elcock scored the other two touchdowns, catching a 7-yard pass fromk Ryan Charter in the first quarter and a 44-yarder from Charter in the third to put it out of reach.
Coach Dave Duffy said his team used frustration over its opening loss to Westwood as motivation this time around. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.