Coach Ted Lockerby’s team wrapped up three nights of jamboree action late Saturday with an impressive 20-minute conquest of the Tyner Rams at Finley Stadium, finishing up with a 10-0 edge on the scoreboard.
The Walker Valley defense controlled Tyner’s speed and quickness and did not allow the Rams to break into the scoring column. Tyner gained some ground on its opening series, marching to the Mustangs’ 38 before losing possession.
Walker Valley wasted little time striking for a score. Junior quarterback Garrett Wallace handed off to Hunter Keefer for 8 yards up the middle on first down, with points coming on Wallace’s second handoff.
Kelvin Wells Jr., who gained almost 1,500 yards rushing a year ago, cut through the right side of the Tyner defense, sliced across the middle and shook off tacklers on his way to the end zone 54 yards away. Aidan Flock hit the extra point and the Mustangs were galloping with a touchdown lead.
Walker Valley continued to move the football on offense, while the defense was effective in controlling the flow of the Rams’ offense.
The Mustangs advanced the football back to deep in Tyner territory, but a penalty nullified another strong run by Wells. The Mustangs put three additional points on the scoreboard with a 27-yard field goal by Flock.
Walker Valley pretty much held the upper hand from start to finish, with the exception of Tyner’s opening possession. The Mustangs got points on Wells’ early run and never looked back. Wells finished the game with just under 100 yards rushing, and caught a pass from Wallace for an additional 51 yards.
Wallace appeared to hit senior receiver Logan Hindman with a touchdown toss from the Tyner 12. Hindman went high against a Tyner defender in a fight for the football, appearing to come down with the catch, but it was ruled an incomplete.
A number of Mustangs played well on defense, especially in the secondary. The speedy Rams continued to run to the wide side of the field, but Walker Valley managed to contain the runners, despite some short gains.
Coach Lockerby was pleased with his team’s performance, saying “It’s been a good (late) night in Chattanooga.” The Walker Valley varsity also played well in a scrimmage against Baylor earlier in the week, giving Lockerby a double reason to be pleased with the production of his Mustangs over the past few days.
“There’s still some things we need to work on, but it was a good jamboree,” said the Mustangs’ coach. “We missed some tackles and some blocks, but those are things we can work on.”
‘Still, I’m very pleased,” he added. “It was a decent effort by our entire team.”
The Mustangs will open their season at home Friday with a 7:30 p.m. game against East Ridge.
The Pioneers were also victorious in the jamboree Saturday night, matching Walker Valley with a 10-0 decision over Silverdale. The Pioneers, like the Mustangs, had a long score on a 70-yard pass from quarterback Eric McCurdy to receiver Shaquille Holland. East Ridge had earlier gotten a field goal from kicker Tad Whittington.
Coach Mike Martin was not that pleased with the East Ridge offense, but added that his Pioneers played “pretty well” on defense.
Martin said he will use both of his quarterbacks at Walker Valley, McCurdy and Demetrius Bumpus. “I’m playing both until one of them gives me a reason to do otherwise,” the East Ridge coach said.
The Pioneers will not scrimmage this week, holding only practices until Friday’s season opener at Walker Valley.