The postseason ban, the loss of former coach John Holladay and a negative spotlight put on the program at the beginning of the year didn’t make any difference for the Walker Vikings on Friday night.
The Vikings, fresh off of winning their second consecutive Class 5A, Region 6 championship, put the finishing touches on an 8-2 regular season — a triumphant comeback from what could have been a near-hopeless situation after the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) handed down penalties following a brawl between coaches after the season-opening loss to Cullman.
Holladay resigned days later with interim coach Heath Brunner taking the helm. With the never-quit attitude of the Walker players, the Vikings won eight of their remaining nine games.
With the future of Walker’s head coaching spot in question going into the postseason, the Vikings can hold their heads high, knowing that what they accomplished in the face of such adversity will be remembered by the community.
Other highlights from Week 10 action:
THREE AREA TEAMS MOVE ON: The No. 7 Oakman Wildcats (9-1), No. 7 Addison Bulldogs (8-1) and the Dora Bulldogs (5-5) will represent the Daily Mountain Eagle coverage area in the state playoffs beginning Friday night.
Oakman defeated Class 1A Berry Friday night, 32-20 and will host Cottonwood (6-4) of Region 2 in the Class 2A playoffs.
Addison downed Class 3A in-county archrival Winston County 38-12 to conclude the season and will host Class 1A, Region 8 Phillips Bear Creek (5-5) for the first round at A.G. Hicks Stadium.
Dora (5-5), who lost to Handley on Friday night, 56-28, will head back to Troy’s Veterans Stadium to take on the No. 2 Charles Henderson Trojans (10-0) in a rematch of last year’s Class 4A, third round playoff game.
MEEKS ENDS CAREER BREAKING SECOND STATE RECORD: Weeks after breaking the state total yards record, Lynn senior quarterback Brody Meeks concluded his spectacular five-year career under center with the Bears by becoming Alabama’s all-time leader in total offensive yardage in a 44-26 victory over the Meek Tigers.
Meeks, who needed just 180 yards to break the record, finished the night with 437 offensive yards and four touchdowns to help him earn two legendary spots in Alabama High School Football history.
———WINLESS SEASON FOR CARBON HILL: The Carbon Hill Bulldogs completed their second-straight season without a win, falling to the Cold Springs Eagles, 60-7, on Friday night. Carbon Hill also set a school record by allowing 521 points on the season. The Bulldogs last win came against Cold Springs on Oct. 28, 2011 and have only won seven games since 2007.