The Vikings got off to a slow start this season, but they have bounced back since region play began.
Now, with two region wins under their belts, the Vikings are atop the 5A, Region 6 standings. Walker is coming off its best performance of the season in a dominating 31-13 win at sixth-ranked Pinson Valley.
At the heart of the win was Walker’s defense, led by defensive back Quadrekas Key.
Key, who sat out Walker’s Week 2 win over Moody, made up for lost time against the Indians.
He picked off a pair of passes — with both leading to touchdowns — recovered a fumble to end a lengthy Pinson Valley drive and recorded five tackles as Walker beat a ranked team for the first time since knocking off No. 1 Russellville in 2010. Through two games, Key already has four interceptions on the season.
For his efforts, Key is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Defensive Player of the Week.
In Friday’s game, Walker defensive unit forced five turnovers and held the Indians to 30 rushing yards on 22 carries.
On the other side of the ball, Oakman put 64 points on the scoreboard in its 64-26 rout of Francis Marion on Friday night. The game marked the highest offensive output since the Wildcats scored 80 against Shades Mountain Christian in 2007.
Against the Rams, Oakman’s Quinton Harris was unstoppable.
The senior hauled in three passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, rushed for another 14 yards and ran back a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns. Harris had 303 all-purpose yards and three scores on the night.
Harris the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Offensive Player of the Week.
Each of Harris’ touchdowns went for more than 70 yards. He caught a 71-yard strike from quarterback Jase Trotter and returned kickoffs 97 and 99 yards.
Other top performances
•Meek moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2003 with a stunning 27-24 win over Sumiton Christian. The Tigers got big plays throughout the game with Garrett Raines returning a kickoff 99 yards for a score and Jentson Hiller taking a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown. Hiller also had a 34-yard game-winning touchdown reception from quarterback Seth Hayes. Cameron Hallmark led Meek’s ground attack with 96 yards on 17 carries.
•Harris wasn’t Oakman’s only offensive weapon against Francis Marion. Trotter completed 8 of 12 passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns while Chris Austen rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.
•Dora’s rushing attack was up to its old tricks against Corner in a 39-17 victory. Kai Thomas picked up 127 yards and a touchdown while Caleb May had 100 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries as the Bulldogs improved to 3-0.
•Parrish’s Jermichael Harris continued his impressive season, rushing for 151 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in the Tornadoes’ 38-12 loss to No. 1-ranked Marion County last week.