Heath Brunner named Walker interim coach
by Johnathan Bentley
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Walker offensive coordinator has been named the school’s interim head football coach. He takes over for coach John Holladay, who is on administrative leave. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Walker offensive coordinator has been named the school’s interim head football coach. He takes over for coach John Holladay, who is on administrative leave. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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Heath Brunner has been named the Walker interim head football coach according to Jasper City Schools Athletic Director Jimmie Alexander.

Walker head coach John Holladay was placed on administrative leave on Saturday, one day after a brawl on the field involving Holladay and Cullman defensive coordinator Matt Hopper.

After punches were thrown, Holladay and Hopper went to the ground. Assistant coaches and police officers eventually separated the pair.

Administrators from Walker and Cullman will meet with officials from the Alabama High School Athletic Association today at 1 p.m. in Montgomery.

“Coach Brunner is the interim coach, but I think this staff is cohesive enough to where several guys could fill in,” Alexander said. “Coach Holladay is an offensive coach and Brunner runs the offense. This is temporary until we find out what we can from the state. Someone had to be named (head coach) to carry on with the team. I sure hope our season is not over.”

Friday night’s incident occurred after Cullman’s emotional 13-10 victory. The Bearcats scored the game-winning touchdown with 18 seconds left in the game. Instead of the customary handshakes following the game, both head coaches tried to get their teams to their respective lockerrooms before Holladay and Hopper clashed on the field.

Friday’s game marked the season opener in Holladay’s seventh year at Walker, where he has a 52-20 record. He has also been the head coach at Brilliant, Hamilton and Clay-Chalkville.