Walker wins sets up potential region title match with Center Point
by W. Brian Hale
Oct 09, 2013 | 1480 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thanks to a 42-0 shutout victory over the Hayden Wildcats on Friday night, the Walker Vikings (4-2, 4-0) are perfect in Class 5A, Region 6 play — making Friday’s matchup with the No. 7 Center Point Eagles (6-0, 4-0) the de facto championship game.

A second-consecutive region championship would give the Vikings’ program and its supporters something additional to smile about outside of the team’s response to the difficult circumstances experienced this season — including a ban on postseason play.

In other headlines from week six’s games:

JOHNNY COMES HOME — Dora coach Johnny Wright returned to the helm of the Bulldogs after undergoing heart bypass surgery on Sept. 16.

“I’m still sore — when you go through heart surgery and the process involved in such an operation, it takes a while before you feel one hundred percent again,” Wright said before Friday’s game.

“I missed being with the team and my coaching staff — it’s really hard to be away from them after all the time we spend together. It’s wonderful to be back.”

Wright coached from the press box during the 50-27 loss to Bibb County.

Wright’s return was a bright spot for the Bulldogs — already depleted from the loss of several playmakers.

Dora lost two more standouts during the first half of the game against Bibb County to injury — Jacob Twilley and Ki’Juna Babbs.

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INCHING TOWARDS THE POSTSEASON — Both the No. 4 Addison Bulldogs (6-0, 5-0) and the No. 8 Oakman Wildcats (5-1, 3-1) are making their way to the postseason after dominating victories on Friday night.

Addison defeated in-county archrival Meek in a region contest, 47-8, while Oakman downed region foe Sulligent, 41-7.

The Bulldogs and Wildcats have key clashes in week eight that could very well determine where they’ll both end up in the playoffs — both against the remaining undefeated teams in their regions.

Addison hosts Sumiton Christian on Friday before travelling to No. 6 Falkville, while Oakman faces Hale County before hosting Aliceville.

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ROUGH TREATMENT — Three teams in the Daily Mountain Eagle coverage area gave up 70 points or more on Friday night — all three outcomes coming at the hands of top five opponents.

The Carbon Hill Bulldogs, the area’s only winless team, were routed by top-ranked Calera, 83-6; the Parrish Tornadoes were drubbed by No. 1 Pickens County, 70-6 and the Lynn Bears fell to No. 5 Marion County, 78-38.

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THIS WEEK'S GAMES

Center Point (6-0) at Walker (4-2)

Sumiton Christian (2-3) at Addison (6-0)

Oakman (5-1) at Hale County (4-2)

Parrish (1-5) at Brilliant (3-3)

Dora (3-3) at Oak Grove (1-5)

Danville (0-6) at Cordova (1-5)

Curry (1-5) at Pinson Valley (3-3)

West Blocton (1-5) at Carbon Hill (0-6)

Winston County (3-3) at Hanceville (5-1)

Berry (3-3) at Lynn (1-5)

Meek (1-5) at Ragland (4-1)

Corner (3-3) at Jemison (5-1)