Walker ran in place.
The Golden Tigers scored all the points they needed on their first drive of the game and the defense did the rest as Russellville snapped a two-game losing streak to the Vikings with a 16-0 win over Walker at Ki-Ro Gambrell Field.
Russellville gashed Walker’s defense for 281 yards on the ground while holding the Vikings to a paltry 82 total yards of offense.
Walker suffered its first shutout loss since losing to Gardendale 34-0 in 2006. The game also marked coach John Holladay’s first shutout loss at Walker.
“We didn’t block well. We didn’t run well. We didn’t throw well. We didn’t do anything well,” Holladay said after the game. “It was a matter of us not executing. We didn’t do what we are coached to do.”
Russellville (4-1) set the tone in the first quarter, methodically running down the field for the first score. Running back Tyler Boyd did the honors, going in from five yards out. Adam Brown added the extra point for a 7-0 lead at the 5:48 mark of the opening quarter.
Neither team was able to mount a drive in the second quarter as Russellville took a 7-0 lead into the locker room.
The scored remained 7-0 until the third quarter when the Golden Tigers took seven minutes off the clock with a 74-yard drive that ended with Brown’s 24-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead with 3:38 left in the third quarter. Russellville’s final score came in the fourth quarter when Deondre Coleman closed out a 90-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run with 3:36 left on the clock for the 16-0 final. The Golden Tigers owned time of possession in the second half, running 30 plays compared to just 14 for Walker. The Vikings gained a total of 36 yards in the second half and garnered just one first down.
“We challenged the kids because we had given up 81 points in two years (to Walker). Our defense stepped up,” Russellville coach Michael Jackson said. Walker had won the previous two meetings against Russellville (32-17 in 2011 and 49-28 in 2010).
“To come in here and shut them out is an extraordinary effort. Our kids came out and played extremely hard in an adverse situation here. This is a tough environment to play in. We did a good job of containing the guys they get big plays from. We didn’t want to give up anything that could give them momentum. Our guys did a great job,” Jackson said.
Boyd finished with 27 carries for 112 yards and a score, Coleman added 94 yards and a score on 12 carries while Landon Smothers had 63 yards on 11 carries. Walker (3-2) was held to 50 rushing yards on 23 carries while completing 3-of-12 passes for 32 yards. Michael Bridges led the team with 11 carries with 26 yards while Tyler Phillips picked up 17 yards on nine carries. Defensively, Blake Moore had 13 tackles while Austin Mansell had 10 1/2 stops. Walker returns to region play next week when Hayden makes the trip to Jasper for the Vikings’ homecoming game.
Russellville hosts Cullman next week.