Walker jumps out to early lead, hammers West Point
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Walker quarterback Carson Roberts throws a pass against West Point on Friday. Roberts threw for 121 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. Photo by: Jeff Johnsey
Walker quarterback Carson Roberts throws a pass against West Point on Friday. Roberts threw for 121 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. Photo by: Jeff Johnsey
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WEST POINT — The Walker Vikings made their regular-season road finale look easy enough.

Walker pounded the West Point Warriors 35-10 on the road Friday night.

The Vikings jumped out to a 21-0 lead after the game’s first 10 plays and never looked back en route to their fourth straight win.

Walker (5-3 overall, 4-2 in Class 5A, Region 6 play) finished with 380 yards, including 259 on the ground.

West Point (1-7, 0-6) scored the game’s final 10 points late in the fourth quarter after trailing 35-0 midway through the third. The Warriors tallied 335 total yards however, 185 of which came through the air.

Walker’s Kevin Clay had just six carries for 97 yards and a touchdown while Jesse Breed added 76 yards rushing, also on just six carries. Tyler Phillips added 10 carries for 59 yards and a touchdown rushing.

DaShuan Kendrick had one carry for 10 yards and a touchdown while pulling down six receptions for 86 yards and two more scores.

Carson Roberts finished 10-of-14 for 121 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.

Defensively, Jonathan Piteo led Walker with 13 tackles, bringing his season total to 105, while Austin Mansell and Blake Moore both added eight tackles. The Vikings got on the board midway through the opening quarter when Kendrick scored on a 10-yard touchdown run. Gunter Wisdom added the extra-point and Walker led 7-0 with 5:19 remaining in the first quarter.

Phillips gave the Vikings a 14-0 lead with an 11-yard touchdown run with just over four minutes left in the first.

Clay broke off a 45-yard touchdown run at the first-quarter’s 2:03 mark and Walker led 21-0.

Moore recovered a fumble deep in Walker Territory and the Vikings capitalized with a six-yard touchdown pass from Roberts to Kendrick for a 28-0 cushion.

Midway through the third quarter, Chancellor Allen came up with an interception and a 65-yard return, which led to a 24-yard Roberts-to-Kendrick touchdown pass for a 35-0 lead.

Kendrick also added an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown that was called back due to a penalty.

Brandon Addison broke Walker’s shutout with a nine-yard touchdown run after a Vikings turnover. Mark Laney hit the extra point and West Point trailed 35-7 with 6:25 remaining in the fourth.

Laney also connected on an 18-yard field goal with two seconds left in the game for a 35-10 final.

Walker led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter, 28-0 at halftime and 35-0 by the third-quarter’s end. The Vikings also improved to 2-0 all time against West Point.

Vikings head coach John Holladay improved to 43-13 in his sixth year at Walker and 121-60 overall in 15 years.

Walker has now allowed just 16 points during the last three games and will host county rival Curry next week in both teams region finale. Curry (4-4, 3-3) has lost four straight games after falling 41-14 to Cullman Friday.

West Point travels to Brewer next week.