Walker hammers Curry
by Johnathan Bentley
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Walker's Joe Bell (42) eyes Curry defender Nick Blankenship (23) during their region game Friday night. Bell was one of six different Walker players to score a touchdown in the Vikings’ 49-14 victory. Photo by Jeff Johnsey
Walker's Joe Bell (42) eyes Curry defender Nick Blankenship (23) during their region game Friday night. Bell was one of six different Walker players to score a touchdown in the Vikings’ 49-14 victory. Photo by Jeff Johnsey
CURRY — Walker’s starters got in one half of work Friday night.

That was more than enough time as the Vikings hammered Curry 49-14 for their 17th straight victory over the Yellow Jackets.

Walker scored touchdowns on six of seven first-half possessions and took control of the game early, scoring three touchdowns in the opening quarter.

The Vikings have now won three straight region games since losing to Cullman in the season opener.

Six different players scored touchdowns for the Vikings, who led 42-0 at the half and let the reserves close out the victory.

“We came out and did what we were supposed to do,’ Walker interim coach Heath Brunner said. “We did a good job of stopping Curry right there to start the game and our offense took care of business. We took the hope away from them early on.”

Curry’s best drive of the night came to open the game. The Yellow Jackets got to the Walker 24-yard line before failing to convert on fourth down.

It was all Walker from there.

The Vikings needed four plays to get into the end zone. Quarterback Bryant Atkins went 37 yards on Walker’s first play from scrimmage. Marlon Oliver broke free for a 30-yard run two plays later and scored on a five-yard run with 5:59 left in the opening quarter. Ran Crump added the first of six extra points for a 7-0 lead.

Less than three minutes later, Walker scored its second touchdown with Kevin Clay scoring on a 49-yard run. Clay shook off the final defender at the 30-yard line. The final score of the quarter came on a five-yard touchdown run by Chris Young as Walker took a 21-0 lead with 30 seconds left in the opening quarter.

Walker (3-1, 3-0) continued its scoring rampage in the second quarter as Atkins hit Jarrett Tuggle on a 48-yard touchdown pass with 10:59 left in the half.

Lane Davenport scored Walker’s fifth touchdown, on a six-yard run at the 4:56 mark and Joe Bell added a five-yard touchdown run with 1:18 left to put Walker up 42-0 at the half.

A total of 12 players carried the ball for Walker. Young led the team with 61 yards on 10 carries. Clay added 49 yards on his touchdown, Oliver had 47 yards on four carries, Bell added 42 yards on six attempts and Atkins had 37 yards on one carry. Atkins also completed 3-of-3 passes for 74 yards and a score.

In the second half, quarterback Jackson Holladay led the Walker offense with several underclassmen running the ball. The Vikings lone second-half touchdown came on Davenport’s second score of the game, a 26-yard touchdown run.

“I was proud of our younger guys. They played hard and with character just like our older guys,” Brunner said.

Curry got into the end zone twice in the second half. Down 49-0, quarterback Jarrod Owens connected with Tanner Aldridge on a 34-yard touchdown strike on the final play of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Owens again hit Aldridge, this time on a three-yard touchdown pass. Tristan Westbrook added the 2-point conversion for the 49-14 final.

Owens finished the game 14-of-27 for 117 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Quay Harris and Alex Medina each picked off a pass for Walker.

Despite playing just one half, Walker’s Austin Mansell had 10 tackles while Sawyer Smith added nine and Jaiquan Crook had seven.

Next up for Walker is a non-region showdown with Russellville on the road.

“Russellville is a very good opponent. That’s always a tough place to play. We are looking forward to that challenge next week,” Brunner said.

Walker lost last year’s matchup 16-0.

Though they are 3-0 in region play, the Vikings are ineligible for the playoffs after being placed on restrictive probation by the AHSAA following a fight involving coaches in the season’s opening game against Cullman.

Curry (1-3, 0-3) opens a three-game road trip next week with a game at Sipsey Valley.