Walker Valley football coach Glen Ryan was more than satisfied with the Mustangs’ defense in a 9-0 junior varsity win over Sequoyah Monday.
He was not pleased with the offensive effort.
The Mustangs fumbled on their first three possessions and added two more drops in the second half. Sequoyah fared little better, putting the ball on the ground seven times in four quarters.
“The defense got after it,” said Walker Valley head coach Glen Ryan. “Offensively we had way too many fumbles. The backs have to take care of the football better than that.”
It was a Sequoyah recovery of a Mustangs fumble at the Chiefs’ 1-yard line that set up the first Walker Valley score. Mustang sophomore Jaylon Martin broke through the Sequoyah offensive line and made the tackle in the end zone for a safety and a 2-0 Mustangs lead.
The Walker Valley defense made up for a second Mustangs fumble, stopping the Chiefs on a fourth down. After exchanging fumbles, Sequoyah put together a drive to the Waller Valley 25-yard line that ended in another turnover on a failed fourth-and-9.
“We’ve got some guys we have moved around. We had a bunch of wide receivers and not may running backs so we moved a couple to running back. But, they’ve been there a couple of weeks and we told them they’ve got to do a better job than that,” said Ryan.
The Chiefs returned the favor on the Mustangs’ first drive of the second half, stopping an 11-play drive on a fourth-and-9.
Walker Valley scored the only touchdown of the game on its second possession of the fourth quarter after Corey Snyder recovered a Chiefs fumble at the Sequoyah 11. Two Plays later Bryce Nunnelly raced nine yards to paydirt. Zach Eslinger made it 9-0 with the extra point with 6:17 left in the game.
“Defensively they got after it and did some good stuff. Offensively they’ve just got to take care of the football,” Ryan said. “But, that’s why we play JV, to get these guys a chance to get out there and get them some playing time and get better at things. We’ll keep having JV games and keep playing freshman games to try and build depth with our young kids.”
Mustangs freshmen 45,
Chiefs freshmen 8
The Walker Valley Freshman Mustangs followed the junior varsity win with a 45-8 triumph over Sequoyah.
Donell Armour rushed to paydirt from 33 yards to put the Mustangs out front 7-0 following a Cooper Tentler extra point.
The Mustangs took a 13-0 lead when Grayson Rountree intercepted a Sequoyah pass and returned it 53 yards for a score with 2:14 left in the first quarter.
Mustangs quarterback Brady Swafford found Cooper Melton open for a 49-yard scoring strike early in the second. Nunnelly added another six points for the Mustangs with a 38-yard TD run. Mason Oran added to the lead with 3:38 left in the half with a 22-yard run for a TD.
The Chiefs got on the board with a touchdown with 34 seconds remaining in the half.
Alex King scored the only TD for Walker Valley in the third with a 15-yard jaunt, and Tucker Mendenhall put the finishing touch on the victory with a 65-yard run to the goal line with just over five minutes remaining in the game.
Bears JV 28,
Rhea Co. 22
Bradley Central’s high-powered offense once again shined in junior varsity action Monday evening as Rhea County came to Bear Stadium.
After putting 58 points on Polk County the week before, the Bear JV outscored the Eagles 28-22 for their second straight victory.
Freshman quarterback Cole Copeland, who threw several scoring passes against the Wildcats, added two more TD tosses to his total, plus ran the ball in for another.
Copeland put the first Bear points on the board with a short run and then a little later connected with sophomores Swan Parker and Miller Clark for the two scoring aerials.
Sophomore running back Rashad Marshall added the fourth Bradley touchdown on another run from inside the 10-yard line.
“Ryan Still (sophomore) also had a big catch in the game,” related Bear assistant coach Todd Stevison. “Our offensive line played really well and we had a good group effort on defense.”
Drawing praise for their efforts in the trenches were offensive linemen Colton Scott, Jacob Williams and Chris Ogle, as well as sophomores Justin Dillard and Jordan Fox.
In the 58-22 victory over Polk, Bradley had a pair of special teams touchdowns as Marshall ran back a kickoff for a score and Parker did the same on a punt return.