Walker stuffs Curry in region finale
by Ben Hamilton
Oct 22, 2011 | 1785 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker defenders stop Curry’s Cade Oliver during their game at Ki-Ro/Gambrell Field on Friday. The Vikings won their 15th straight against Curry 33-6. Photo by: Jeff Johnsey
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The Walker Vikings wrapped up the third spot in Region 6 of the Class 5A state playoffs Friday night.

They even earned bragging rights along the way.

Walker defeated county rival Curry 33-6 at Ki-Ro/Gambrell Field.

The Vikings improved to 6-3 overall and closed region play with a 5-2 mark.

Walker also won its fifth straight game this year and notched its 15th consecutive victory over the Yellow Jackets.

The Vikings now hold a hold a 27-3 all-time series lead over Curry.

Walker’s defense has allowed just 22 combined points over the last four games.

Curry, which opened the year 4-0, suffered its fifth straight loss and dropped to 4-5 overall while closing region play at 3-4.

Curry has been outscored 277-19 over the last seven in the series, including four Walker shutouts.

The Vikings took leads of 7-0 after the first quarter, 27-6 at halftime and 33-6 by the third-quarter’s end.

Quarterback Carson Roberts had a touchdown run with 3:48 remaining in the first quarter and running back Tyler Phillips followed with a 40-yard touchdown pass to Trent Purifoy midway through the second. After Gunter Wisdom tacked on the extra-points, Walker led 14-0 with 6:52 left in the second quarter.

Curry’s Cade Oliver answered with a 39-yard touchdown run but the Vikings blocked the extra-point attempt as the Yellow Jackets cut their deficit to 14-6 with 5:12 remaining in the second quarter.

Twenty-three seconds later, Walker’s Kevin Clay broke loose for a 68-yard touchdown run, extending the Vikings lead to 21-6.

Roberts found DaShuan Kendrick open for a 17-yard touchdown pass and a 27-6 lead with 33 seconds left in the first half. The extra-point attempt was no good.

After a Que’drekas Key interception, Roberts connected with Purifoy to cap the scoring with a seven-yard touchdown pass with 1:36 left in the third quarter. Walker faked the extra-point attempt, however and came up short to take a 33-6 cushion.

The Vikings finished with 486 total yards, 269 rushing and 217 passing, while Curry managed 311 yards, including 244 rushing.

For Walker, Clay racked up 146 yards rushing and a touchdown on eight carries while Jesse Breed added 55 yards on 13 rushes and Phillips managed 48 yards on nine carries.

Roberts hit 15-of-20 passes for 165 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Purifoy had three receptions for 63 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Kendrick caught three passes for 63 yards and one touchdown.

Jonathan Piteo racked up 14 tackles for the Vikings and Blake Moore added 12 while Austin Mansell had nine.

For Curry, Oliver ran the ball 25 times for 137 yards and a touchdown while Aaron White threw for 67 yards and ran for 85 more. Santos Martinez led the Yellow Jackets defense with 10 tackles.

Vikings head coach John Holladay improved to 44-13 in his sixth year at Walker and 122-60 overall in 15 years.

Walker closes regular-season play at home Thursday when the Vikings host 4A county rival Dora. Dora (7-2, 5-2) defeated Good Hope 55-0 this week. Walker will travel to 6th-ranked Fort Payne in the first round of the playoffs.

Curry will close the regular season by hosting 3A county-rival Cordova (5-3, 5-2) on Friday.