Prep Preview: Walker looks to get back on track

By W. BRIAN HALE AND JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports
Posted 9/16/16

Following a much-needed off week to rest injured players, the Walker Vikings return to Ki-Ro Gambrell Field tonight to host the Pinson Valley Indians in a Class 6A, Region 6 showdown.

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Prep Preview: Walker looks to get back on track

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Following a much-needed off week to rest injured players, the Walker Vikings return to Ki-Ro Gambrell Field tonight to host the Pinson Valley Indians in a Class 6A, Region 6 showdown.

Of concern for the Vikings is avoiding mistakes, which have been a staggering problem this season. In the past two contests, Walker has committed eight turnovers — including five in a 24-16 loss to Hueytown in Week 2.

Coach Heath Brunner’s Vikings will have to produce offense, which has only contributed 44 total points this season. Walker’s bright spot has been the play of Isiah Cox, who has caught 20 passes for 191 yards with four touchdowns on the season. Quarterback Michael Crear is the team’s top rusher with 176 yards on 46 carries and a touchdown.

Defensively, the Vikings’ will look to rebound after giving up 476 yards and 36 points to then No. 1 Clay-Chalkville.

Pinson Valley beat Clay-Chalkville in double-overtime last week, 21-14 — in one of the biggest upsets of the season — breaking a two-game losing streak.

Walker has won both meetings between the teams, including a 17-7 decision in 2013.

The game will be broadcast on WJLX 101.5, with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

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Good Hope (0-3) at No. 6 Cordova (3-1)

Cordova’s first four opponents pushed the Blue Devils to the limit.

After suffering their first loss of the season, and losing their No. 1 ranking, the Blue Devils return home to face a winless Good Hope team tonight.

Cordova (3-1, 1-1) fell to Haleyville 35-13 last week on the road.

The Blue Devils won their first three games by a total of 14 points.

Good Hope (0-3, 0-2) fell to Hamilton 35-24 last week.

Cordova starting quarterback Demetrius Kirk has been the Blue Devils’ offensive leader. Last week the junior threw for 237 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another 20 yards. On the season, Kirk has passed for an area-high 723 yards along with four touchdowns while adding 112 yards on the ground.

Cordova’s Javion Hill has a team-high 276 rushing yards with three touchdowns while Taj Woods has another 239 yards and two scores.

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Lynn (4-0) at No. 7 Addison (4-0)

Outside of the scope of determining the mythical Winston County championship, tonight’s meeting between No. 7 Addison and Lynn could go a long way to determining who will occupy the top spots in the Class 1A, Region 7 playoff race.

The Bulldogs survived their toughest challenge of the season last week in a 24-21 road win against the Sumiton Christian Eagles to arrive to the game undefeated.

Lynn routed region opponent R.A. Hubbard last week, 51-6, to stay unbeaten.

Tonight’s meeting will be the 71st in the series, with Addison holding a 49-17-3 edge. The Bulldogs won the last game, 28-0, in 2011.

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Sumiton Christian (2-1) at Southeastern (0-3)

Sumiton Christian looks to rebound from last week’s narrow loss to Addison with a trip to Southeastern tonight.

The Mustangs, who started a football program in 2012, have won just four games in four-plus years.

The Eagles lost a back-and-fourth 24-21 decision to unbeaten Addison last week.

Addison hammered Southeastern 60-16 two weeks ago. The Mustangs were off last week.

Sumiton Christian is paced by the area’s leading rusher Tanner Talley, who has picked up 634 yards and eight touchdowns on 77 carries.

The Eagles are a perfect 4-0 all-time against Southeastern, outscoring the Mustangs 155-15.

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Springville (0-3) at Curry (1-2)

Curry’s stellar defense will look to get the Yellow Jackets back in the win column tonight when the Springville Tigers make the trip to Hudson-O’Rear Stadium.

Through three games this season, Curry has allowed just 26 points. Despite the great defense, the Jackets bring a 1-2 record into today due to a pair of shutout losses.

Curry fell to Hayden 14-0 last week and dropped the season opener to Berry 6-0 — in what is still the lowest scoring game in the state this season.

Springville has had trouble scoring this year, putting a total of 17 points on the scoreboard in losses to Moody, Mortimer Jordan and West Point.

The Tigers are 6-0 all time against Curry, including region wins from 2006-09 and 2012-13.

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West Point (1-3) at Corner (3-1)

Corner suffered its first setback last week, but still managed to put points on the scoreboard in a 48-27 loss to No. 4 Mortimer Jordan.

Meanwhile, West Point picked up its first win, routing Springville 42-10.

Corner has been paced by quarterback Devne Daniel this season.

Daniel is the second-leading rusher in the area with 476 and eight touchdowns. He’s also thrown for 493 yards with another three touchdowns.

The Yellow Jackets have already eclipsed last year’s win total (2) and look to solidify their playoff hopes with a second region win.

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Gordo (3-0) at Carbon Hill (0-4)

Winless Carbon Hill faces a tough challenge this week when the No. 2-ranked Gordo Green Wave make the trip to G.W. Keith Stadium.

The Bulldogs have struggled to score points this season, totaling just 20 points in four games. Receiver Carson McGinnis has 21 catches for 252 yards and two of the Bulldogs three touchdowns this year.

American Christian defeated Carbon Hill 48-6 last week while Gordo pounded Midfield 41-6.

Gordo has won the five previous meetings, including wins from 2004-07.

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Gaylesville (1-2) at Meek (1-3)

Meek looks to snap a three-game losing streak today with a home game against the Gaylesville Trojans.

Gaylesville is making a more than 100-mile trip from Cherokee County.

Meek has dropped two close games in a row, losing to Lynn 13-6 two weeks ago and falling to Decatur Heritage 28-22 on the road last week.

The Trojans have been outscored 81-6 in back-to-back losses to Spring Garden and Cedar Bluff.

This is the first game between the teams.

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Winston County (1-2) at Cleveland (3-0)

Winston County plays its second consecutive 2015 region champ tonight with a game at Cleveland.

The Yellow Jackets fell to Tanner 56-8 last week.

Cleveland is coming off its closest game of the year, a 33-26 road victory over West End-Walnut Grove.

Winston County won the two previous meetings between the teams, winning region matchups in 2008 and 2009.

The Yellow Jackets picked up their win two weeks ago with a 30-29 victory at Susan Moore in a non-region game.