Former Viking Creates Highlight Video

Jacquain Crook, class of 2014, made this video this week and asked us to share it.  The video shows highlights from the past and present Walker Vikings.

Crook was a part of some highlights himself when he was a Walker Viking and he grew up watching the Vikings on Ki-Ro Gambrell field.

We are so fortunate that past players support the team like they do.  This video is a testament to the legacy of Walker Viking Football.

Thanks Jacquain! Enjoy!

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Hey Coach!

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Presenting the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week

Each week, we will name an offensive and defensive player of the week. This award is sponsored by our local McDonald’s of Jasper and the DeGonzague family. Each player received a gift card to McDonald’s in recognition of their great play this week.

Offensive Player of the Week is Marlon Oliver. Marlon is a proven leader on the offensive side of the ball. He played hard through four quarters of football in the sweltering heat. Coach Brunner said, “Marlon provided a spark when we needed one in the second half with two long runs.” Marlon’s positive attitude is a perfect example for the team to follow.

Defensive Player of the Week is Alex Medina. Alex had 18 tackles in the Pell City game. Coach Hill said, “Medina was all over the field Friday night. He played at a different level and set the tone for the defense.” We can look forward to more explosive play action by Alex.

Congratulations to both Marlon and Alex.

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Got Plans on Tuesday Night?

Make plans now to attend the first Walker Viking Booster Club meeting of the 2014 season.

This year, we are upgrading and expanding our booster club meeting to better accommodate the neeBooster Clubds of our families and fans.

We invite all fans, parents, grandparents, players and interested community members to join us at Los Reyes on Tuesday, August 26th at 6 pm.  

We will meet in the private dining room on the left and you can plan to order dinner and eat during the meeting.  

Instead of the traditional ‘coaches speech’ we are going to have Greg Tinker take the lead in the meeting by interviewing Coach Brunner in a manner similar to the college programs in our state.  During their remarks, the offensive and defensive players of the week will be introduced.  We hope that this format will offer a multi-faceted look at the past week’s performance and a glimpse of the opponents that we will face in the coming weeks.  Tinker will prompt Coach Brunner to offer comments on the team’s preparation, performance and planning for the rest of the season.  He will also open the mic to questions from the audience.  It should prove to be both interesting and informative.

A full menu will be offered in the room and you are invited to order, eat and enjoy the ‘meeting’.    

Plan to arrive at 6 pm to mingle, find a seat, and place your food order.  The ‘program’ will begin at 6:20 pm.  The guys will speak for about 25 minutes and we will wrap up the event around 6:45 – 6:50 pm.  

The cost for being in the booster club is small but yet it is also very big – just give us your support.  Your attendance, interest and encouragement is worth more than money to our program.  Bring a friend, tell your co-workers, grab Grandma…. just come and let’s talk football and eat together.  Children are always welcome and we promise program will be just the right length to get them home for baths and homework.

We are trying something new in hopes of drawing in our community as we rally around the high school football players of our city.

Plans are to have these “Hey Coach” style meetings every other Tuesday night during football season.  Same time, same place, same format – every other week.

We are so thankful for our Viking Fans!  Hope to see you on Tuesday!

If you have any questions, call Toby Banks, Gina Scruggs, Jud Smith, Phillip Davenport or Michael Myrick for more details.


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Daily Mountain Eagle reports on Walker vs Pell City

Walker drops heartbreaker to Pell City
by W. Brian Hale

Photo by Jennifer Smith

Photo by Jennifer Smith

PELL CITY — Walker’s first contest of the 2014 season ended in disappointing fashion on Friday night, with the host Pell City Panthers grabbing a 17-14 victory on a last-minute field goal at Pell City.

The Vikings, who suffered their first loss under new head coach Heath Brunner, were plagued on offense by penalties, heat cramps and poor execution — resulting in a total offensive production of 141 yards on the night. Jackson Holladay led the team with 119 total yards — completing 11 of 15 passes for 88 yards and rushing for 31 yards on four carries with one touchdown.

Isiah Cox was Holladay’s leading target with four catches for 48 yards.

Alex Medina turned in a superb night for the Walker defense, recording 12 tackles, including three tackles for a loss, and a sack. Sawyer Smith added four tackles.

The first half was a scoreless battle — with the Vikings’ offense producing just 46 yards while Walker’s defense made key plays to keep the Panthers out of the end zone.

Although the scoring deadlock continued through the third quarter, Walker’s offense began to move the ball more successfully — with the Vikings moving within striking distance of the Pell City end zone on the final set of plays.

An 11-yard carry by Marlon Oliver on the initial play of the fourth quarter put the Vikings in the red zone. On the following play, Holladay called his own number and ran the ball 17 yards for the score. After a successful extra point kick by Brayden Banks, Walker put the first points of the night on the scoreboard, 7-0.

The celebration, however, would be short-lived.

On the ensuing kick-off, Pell City returned the ball 70 yards for a touchdown. The Panthers successfully converted a two-point play to take the lead, 8-7.

The Vikings answered with their best offensive drive of the evening, going 73 yards on 10 plays. Oliver scored on an 11-yard touchdown run to allow Walker to reclaim the lead, 14-8, after Banks’ extra point kick.

Despite recovering the ball on the six-yard line after a fumble on the kick-off, Walker was unable to find the end zone — the drive ending when a Banks field goal was blocked.

Pell City tied the game on the next series with a five-play, 83-yard drive. The extra point attempt was blocked by Smith, leaving the contest even at 14-14.

After shutting down Walker’s offense on the ensuing series, the Panthers constructed a five-play, 31-yard drive that consumed all but four seconds on the clock, concluding the game-winning series with a 19-yard field goal for the 17-14 win.

Walker travels to John Carroll to open Class 6A, Region 5 play next Friday in Birmingham.

Read more: Daily Mountain Eagle – Walker drops heartbreaker to Pell Cit

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Walker vs Pell City – Game Day Info

Walker begins the regular season this Friday night as we travel to Pell City High School for our season opener.

Directions to Pell City High School:

School Address – 1300 Cogswell Avenue, Pell City AL 35125

Note:  There is a bridge out on the 1st Pell City exit.

Here are current directions:

Take 2nd Pell City Exit (Pell City / Ashville exit) turn right onto hwy 231.

Continue until you come to Hwy 78/Cogswell Rd (about 1.5  miles) turn right,  go until you see the school on your left.

You should see signs for parking from there.

The team will have their pre-game meal at 6th Avenue Church of Christ. This continues our tradition of busing the team to our local churches to have our pre-game meal and pre-game devotion time with members of these congregations and their youth ministers.

Each year, we are so thankful for the support of our local churches and the people who make these pre-games meals so special. We are aware that a lot of work and preparation goes into preparing a meal for 100+ hungry teenage athletes and their coaches and trainers. These pre-game meals help us to feel so loved and supported by our community.

Without a doubt, Walker Viking Football feels a strong connection to our town. We love Jasper and the people who cheer us on and support us each week.

Pre-Game Meal Schedule for 2015:

Aug 22 – Sixth Avenue Church of Christ – Pell City Game
Sept 5 – Farmstead Baptist – John Carroll Game
Sept 12 – Jasper’s First Baptist – Minor Game
Sept 19 – Jasper’s First Nazarene – Pelham Game
Sept 26 – Eat on the Road – Madison County Game
Oct 3 – Woodland Trace Church of Christ – Briarwood Game
Oct 10 – East Walker Church of Christ – Homewood Game
Oct 17 – Jim N Nicks caters in school cafeteria, moms provide desserts and help serve – Jackson Olin Game
Oct 24 – First United Methodist – Hueytown Game
Oct 30 – Northside Baptist Church – Northridge Game on Thurs Night

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Meet the Vikes – Slideshow

Thanks to Anna Barnett for the photos and thanks to all the fans for the generous donations of cleaning supplies!  Go Vikes!

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