Walker Valley head coach Glen Ryan pointed to the large crowd of fans gathered in the stands and in the parking lot as he debriefed the Mustangs following Thursday’s final 7-on-7 passing scrimmage with Boyd-Buchanan at the Charleston Elementary School football field.
Walker Valley will return to the former home of the Charleston Panthers Thursday for a more tradition scrimmage with Hixson.
Ryan told the Herd they came because they believe good things are coming Walker Valley’s way during the upcoming football season. Ryan did not disagree stating he was pleased to see the Mustangs step up and begin to make the first move, particularly on defense instead of taking a wait and see attitude.
“I was glad to see them be more aggressive. Last week we wanted to wait and see what was going to happen then react. This time they made the first move a bunch of times. I was pretty pleased but I won’t be satisfied until we score every time we get our hands on the ball.”
Ryan used the trickle down system in the 10-play format beginning with junior quarterback Josh Jones and working through sophomore Hayden Spencer and freshman Colton Gibson in successive sessions.
Jones and Spencer engineered touchdown drives in the no-rush competition on the first two Walker Valley possessions. Jones hooked up for 20 yards with Bryce Nunnelly and Spencer found Tucker Mendenhall open from inside the 5-yard line.
The Buccaneers also found the endzone on their first two possessions.
Gibson gained valuable experience leading the Mustangs’ third possession but was unable to find paydirt.
On the final possession of the evening for Walker Valley, Jones recovered from an interception to find David Thompson open for a 30-yard TD.
Mason Oran put an exclamation point on the sometimes physical glorified two-hand touch scrimmage with a TD saving interception on the last play of the day. Cooper Melton picked off a Buccaneers pass earlier in the competition.
“I liked it,” Ryan said about the occasional roughhousing. “I’m glad to see them getting physical. In the past when we got hit in the mouth we had a tendency to lay down and back off. I want them to let people know we are around and ready to stand up.”