Daily Mountain Eagle: Walker moves to Class 6A

Walker moves to Class 6A, faces new-look schedule
by Johnathan Bentley
Walker head football coach Heath Brunner leads the Vikings into Class 6A for the first time since 1997. Photo by Jeff Johnsey

Walker head football coach Heath Brunner leads the Vikings into Class 6A for the first time since 1997. Photo by Jeff Johnsey

Two of Walker’s longtime rivals are absent from the football schedule in 2014.

The Vikings’ 22-year run of playing Curry High School comes to an end as does the 10-year stretch of playing the Cullman Bearcats.

In their place, Walker becomes reacquainted with some former rivals from the late 1990s. For the first time since 1997, Minor, John Carroll and Pell City are back on the schedule, as the Vikings move up a classification to 6A under coach Heath Brunner. Walker last competed in Class 6A from 1984 to 1997.

Brunner’s first full year as head coach — he served as the interim coach for the last nine games last season —includes games against former 5A powerhouses Homewood and Briarwood Christian.

The schedule also includes five teams that finished with a record below .500 last season.

Walker will have to prove its worth on the road to start the 2014 campaign. Four of the Vikings’ first five games are away from Walker’s Ki-Ro Gambrell Field.

Walker opens the season against Pell City (6-4 in 2013) on Friday, Aug. 22. The Panthers just missed the playoffs in Class 6A last season. The Vikings won the two previous meetings between the team in 1996 and 1997.

After an off week, Walker hits the road again for the Class 6A, Region 5 opener at John Carroll (2-8). The Cavaliers have endured three straight losing seasons. Walker holds a 7-3 lead in the series. The Vikings won the last matchup in 1997.

Walker’s first home game comes in week 4 against the Minor Tigers. Minor has finished 4-6 each of the last two years while playing in Class 6A. The Tigers will be Walker’s closest opponent this season. Walker holds an 11-10 edge in the series. The teams played every year from 1994 to 1997 before ending the series.

The Vikings play at Pelham High School in week 5. The Panthers (6-5) have made the playoffs each of the last two years despite playing in a 6A region with Prattville and Spain Park. The game marks the first meeting between the teams.

Walker makes its longest road trip of the season for a non-region game in week 6. The Vikings travel more than 100 miles to play the Madison County Tigers (8-3). Madison County has won a combined 20 games over the last two seasons in Class 4A. The Vikings and Tigers have never played.

The Vikings host four of their last five opponents, starting with Briarwood Christian (9-3) in week 7. Briarwood Christian has made the playoffs every year since 1993. In their lone meeting, the Lions eliminated Walker from the second round of the playoffs with a 21-14 win in 2010.

Walker plays its final road game in week 8 with a trip to Homewood (9-3). The Patriots, who have won five 5A state titles, have gone 18-5 over the last two seasons. The Vikings faced Homewood from 2000-02. The Patriots lead the series 5-2.

Walker plays its final three games at home against teams that combined for just six wins last year.

Jackson-Olin (1-9) comes to Walker in Week 9. The Mustangs’ last winning season came in 1999. Walker has won all three previous meetings with Jackson-Olin (1999-2001).

Hueytown (3-7), the only returning team from last year’s schedule, makes the trip to Walker in the region finale in week 10. The teams have split games  the last two years with Walker winning 9-3 last season. Walker holds a 16-14 series lead.

Walker closes out the regular season with a home game against Northridge (2-8). The Jaguars are 2-18 over the last two seasons. Northridge competed in the region with Tuscaloosa County and Hoover last year. Walker leads the series 2-1.

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Coach Kyle Butler Joins the 2014 WHS Football Coaching Staff

We are proud to announce the recent hire of Coach Kyle Butler to the WHS Football coaching staff.  Coach Butler is married to Faith (Whigham) Butler, who is also an educator, and they are excited about the move to Jasper.IMG_4992

He is originally from West Lafayette, Indiana.  Coach Butler graduated from West Lafayette High School where he played football and baseball.

After high school, he headed south and attended the University of Alabama.  He is an avid Crimson Tide fan and he graduated with a degree in Secondary Education Social Science.

Coach Butler has previously coached at Paul Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa.

He spent the 2013 season at Oak Mountain High School teaching and coaching.

Coach Butler says, “We are excited to be in Jasper at Walker High School. This is a great community and a great school.”  He added, “We look forward to keeping the winning tradition here at Walker High. Great players and great coaches give us a wonderful opportunity to be successful.”

Coach Brunner is excited about the addition of Coach Butler to the staff.  “Coach Butler’s youth and enthusiasm is a great addition to the staff.  This young couple is excited to move to town and immerse themselves in the community and in the young athletes at our school.  His work ethic is a great example for the young guys to follow.  It is going to be a great year! ” says Brunner.

We extend a warm welcome to Coach Kyle Butler and his wife Faith.

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Maddox Football Schedule Released

The Maddox Panthers 7th and 8th grade teams will be coached by Lutis Moore as head panthercoach, Philip Williams, Blake Laney, Jonathon Jordan and  Jonathon Jones.

The team will open the season with a jamboree game at Hueytown.  The season will feature 3 home games and 4 away games.

We look forward to seeing the future Walker Vikings in action this year!

Click the link below for a printable Maddox Football schedule.

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Photos from the U.A.B. 7 on 7

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Back To School Info

2014-2015 Registration Dates

August 4th- Seniors 8:30-10:30 am
Juniors 1:00-3:00 pm

August 5th- Sophomores 8:30-10:30 am
Freshmen 1:00-3:00 pm

Make-up Registration-  August 11 4:00 pm

Remember, football, cheerleader and trainers pictures will be Wednesday, July 30th at 9 am.  Band pictures will be Friday, Aug 1st at 9 am.

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Viking Cards are Now on Sale!

The Viking Cards are quickly circulating through Jasper!

These cards are only $20 each and they are jammed packed with coupons from our local businesses.

There is a limited supply, so call or text your favorite football player and have him bring you one this afternoon to your office or home.  card

Your $20 donation is a great help to the football team and you will get your money back many times over as you use the coupon throughout town.

Discounts on this year’s card can be used at Crazy Beautiful and La Ti Da, at Los Reyes, Arbys, Jacks, Dairy Queen, Johnny Bruscoes and Zaxbys, and at Rastore Spa and Southern Wholesale Jewelers and Scott Crump Toyota service dept.

Get yours before you hit the restaurants this weekend!

If you need delivery today on a card, text a quick message to 205-522-3038 and we will get you hooked up!

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Advertising Deadline for 2014 Media Guide Has Been Extended

There is still time to get your ad in the 2014 Media Guide.

The original deadline of July 15th has been extended and we will be accepting ads through July 25th.

Share the advertising form attached below with businesses, parents and fans.  Placing your ad in the media guide is a great way to spread your message and support the Vikings.deadline e

We still have several open slots for ads featuring individual players, cheerleaders, athletic trainers and band members.  Many times parents want to purchase an ad that features their student.

You can print as many copies of the ad form attached below and get those last minute ads in.

Picture day for football, cheerleaders and trainers is Wednesday, July 30th.

Picture day for the Walker High Marching Band is Friday, August 1st.

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