Walker vs Briarwood – Youth Football Recognition Night

Calling all toybowl football players, upward football players, dream team players and youth cheerleaders!

This Friday night is Youth Football Recognition Night at the Walker vs Briarwood home football game.

All kids in their jersey or cheer uniform will be admitted into the game free of charge on Friday night.  Plan to arrive to the field by 6:45 pm and gather down by the fieldhouse.  The kids will be allowed on the field before the game and they will get to run through the cheerleaders sign before the football players!

Bring the whole family out to the game as we cheer on the Vikings!

Note:  Kids will be admitted free if they are wearing their jersey or cheer uniform.  Parents and coaches must pay the regular $6 admission.

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Big Turnout for the Booster Club Meeting — Looking Ahead to Madison County

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We had a big turnout for our bi-weekly booster club meeting held every other week at Los Reyes.

Russ Robertson was the emcee for the night and he interviewed Head Coach Heath Brunner and former Walker Viking and Alabama player Tommy Cole.photo 1

Several players were recognized for their achievements on the field as well.

This week the Vikings will travel to Madison County High School.

Officials from the school tell us that admission is $6.00 per person and parking is $5.00 per vehicle.

The stadium is on campus and they have only one open entrance during game time.

Plan to allow one hour and 45 minutes for travel time but expect delays near Huntsville during the Friday afternoon rush hour.

The address for the school is 174 Brock Road, Gurley, AL 35748.

Friday is an early release day for students but the team will stay on campus and not be dismissed.  The team will be provided a lunch meal by Full Moon BBQ.  We appreciate the support of our local businesses.  After lunch, the team will pack up and plan for an early departure towards Huntsville.  The coaches will feed the team their afternoon meal at a location closer to the school.  Several parents are joining together to pack a bagged snack meal for the guys to enjoy on the bus ride home after the game.

We look forward to a big crowd of supporters on Friday night as we cheer on the Vikings!

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Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week Announced

Jarrod Ollie was named Defensive Player of the Week for the Minor Game.

Jarrod Ollie was named Defensive Player of the Week for the Minor Game. Coach Brunner awarded him with a McDonalds gift card.

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Marlon Oliver was named Offensive Player of the Week for the Minor Game. Coach Brunner awarded him with a McDonalds gift card.

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Quay Harris was named Defensive Player of the Week for the Pelham Game. Coach Brunner awarded him with a McDonalds gift card.

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Jackson Holladay was named Offensive Player of the week for the Pelham Game. Coach Brunner awarded him with a McDonalds gift card.

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Join us at Los Reyes on Tuesday Night!

photoWe hope you will join us at Los Reyes in downtown Jasper on Tuesday night for our bi-weekly booster club meeting.

Greg Tinker will be the host of the evening and we have lots of interesting things on the agenda for this meeting.

The offensive and defensive players of the week will be announced, coaches will speak about the loss last week and the plans for this week, and important announcements will be made.

Show up by 6 pm, order some dinner, enjoy the show and be dismissed by 7 pm…. how easy is that??  See you there!

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Walker Prepares to Face the Pelham Panthers in an Away Game

On Friday night the Walker Vikings will travel to Pelham High School to face the Panthers at Ned Bearden Stadium on the school campus.

This will be Homecoming night for Pelham, a team that has beat Thompson and lost to Homewood and Jackson Olin in recent weeks.

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Our Vikings were originally scheduled to eat their pre-game meal at First Nazarene, but we  have changed plans and moved the meal at First Nazarene to later in the season.  This will allow the team to load the buses for a 2:30 departure.  Leaving early will ensure that our buses avoid the rush hour traffic through Birmingham.  Coach Brunner has arranged for the guys to eat their pre-game meal at a restaurant closer to the stadium before arriving for warm-ups.

 

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The Vikings are on a winning roll right now and we hope to continue with a win this Friday night.  The word of the week is FINISH.  We have a great start to the season but we need to FINISH…. finish every play, finish every series, finish every quarter and finish every game – playing right up to the sound of the whistle.

Fans will be allowed to purchase our new FINISH towels that you can wave from the stands and save as a keepsake.  These towels will be available in black and gold and the price is $3.00 per towel or $5.00 for a set of two, a black one and a gold one.  We have a limited number of towels on order and we would love to see every fan, student, parent and band member with one in their hands on Friday night.  Bring some one dollar bills or a five dollar bill to the game and you can purchase your own.  (Hopefully we will be able to make these available for pre-purchase during the day on Friday from some local businesses.  Details later.)

Viking fans should refer to the diagram and directions below to familiarize themselves with the Pelham campus.  We suggest allowing an ample 1 hour and 10 minutes to arrive at the stadium in steady moving traffic.  Allow more time in case of traffic delays.

 

 

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8. Merge onto I-65 S via EXIT 124A towardMontgomery.

13.1 mi
9. Take the County Hwy-17/Valleydale Rd exit,EXIT 247, toward US-31/Riverchase Pkwy.

0.5 mi
10. Merge onto County Hwy-17 towardHoover/Helena.

3.4 mi
11. Turn left onto Bearden Rd/County Hwy-105. Continue to follow Bearden Rd.

  • Bearden Rd is 0.2 miles past Sommersby Dr
  • If you reach Bearden St you’ve gone about 0.2 miles too far
0.6 mi
12. Turn right onto Panther Cir.

  • If you reach Victory Trl you’ve gone about 0.1 miles too far
0.01 mi
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Daily Mountain Eagle reports on Big Walker Win vs Minor

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Walker’s Jackson Holladay (6) escapes Minor defender La’Torius Bonner (41) during their game at Ki-Ro Gambrell Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Tigers 15-6 in their home opener. Photo by Jeff Johnsey

Minor’s offense is filled with playmakers. The Tigers had rolled up points through their first two games.

Then Minor played Walker — and the offense came to a screeching halt.

The Vikings got an early lead and turned the game over the defense in a 15-6 win over Minor in Friday’s home opener at Ki-Ro Gambrell Field.

Walker has now won 20 straight region games dating back to the 2011 season.

Walker’s Alex Medina set the tone on Minor’s first offensive play of the game, dropping quarterback Haywood Spencer for a 12-yard loss. Spencer rushed four times in the first quarter and was dropped for a loss on three of his carries.

“Our defense played a great game,” Walker coach Heath Brunner said. “We had a great game plan. The kids stayed true to the gameplan and did a great job containing their offense and containing (Spencer).”

Walker  (2-1, 2-0) got more than enough from its offense in the opening half, getting a field goal midway through the first quarter and its only offensive touchdown following a six-minute drive in the second quarter.

The Vikings led 9-0 at the half and put the game out of reach behind an Isiah Cox interception return for a score in the third quarter.

“Our defense bent, but it didn’t break. We made them snap it again and again. That was what we talked about all week. We didn’t want to give up the big play,” Brunner added.

Spencer, who scored four touchdowns and totaled 249 yards in a win over Hueytown last week was held in check by the Vikings, who limited the speedster to 81 yards on the ground and 76 yards through the air. More importantly, Walker kept Spencer out of the end zone.

The lone big play of the game came from Cox, who was coming off a four-touchdown performance in a rout of John Carroll last week.

With Minor putting together its best drive of the night late in the third quarter, Cox stepped in front of a Dre’Quan Pritchett pass and returned it 60 yards down the sideline to put Walker ahead 15-0 with four seconds left in the quarter.

“Big-time players make big plays at the right times in the game. He stepped in there and did a great job for us,” Brunner said.

When Walker went up by 15 points, Brunner turned to running back Marlon Oliver, who carried the ball 10 times in the fourth quarter alone.

“I got a little conservative with the play calling when we went up two scores,” Brunner added. “We were trying to keep our defense off the field. They were playing so good that you don’t want to give (Minor’s) offense any momentum.”

Minor (2-2, 1-1) used a two quarterback system with Spencer and Pritchett each getting a chance to lead the offense. Neither was able to mount a threat until a fourth quarter touchdown.

Brayden Banks gave Walker a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, knocking in an 18-yard field goal at the 5:05 mark.

The Vikings went 63 yards in 15 plays on their next possession. Oliver closed out the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run for the 9-0 lead with 6:18 left in the half.a

Minor had four first-half possessions. Two ended with punts, Walker’s defense stopped the Tigers in the red zone once and the half ended the final drive.

The Tigers opened the second half with a drive to the Walker 10-yard line. After three consecutive incomplete passes, Minor missed a 27-yard field goal attempt with ball just reaching the goal line. Late in the third quarter, Minor put together a drive starting from its own 3-yard line. The Tigers got as far as the Walker 45-yard line before Cox took back the interception to push the Vikings’ lead to 15-0.

Walker’s Lar’Quarius Harris picked off a Spencer pass midway through the fourth quarter to end another Minor threat.

Minor finally got on the board with 2:39 left in the game when Pritchett connected with Delonte Evans on an 11-yard touchdown. Rather than go for the 2-point conversion to cut the deficit to seven points, the Tigers attempted the extra point with the kick sailing wide left to leave Minor down two scores.

Walker ran the remaining time off the clock with Oliver carrying the ball six times. The Vikings had a late touchdown called back on a clipping penalty.

For the Vikings, Oliver rushed 30 times for 101 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Jackson Holladay completed 6 of 12 passes for 50 yards. Walker travels to Pelham for a key Class 6A, Region 5 matchup next week.

 

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Gameday.

Hope to see you tonight for the first home game of the season!

Walker vs Minor – Let’s pack the stands and cheer on our Vikings!

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