Walker goes after first ever region title
by Johnathan Bentley
Oct 19, 2012 | 977 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
First it was Homewood.

Then it was Cullman.

Last year it was Hartselle.

For the last 12 years one team has always stood between Walker and a region championship.

This season it's Mortimer Jordan.

The teams meet at 7 p.m. at Walker's Ki-Ro Gambrell Field on Friday in the Vikings' home finale. A win over the Blue Devils would give Walker the outright region title no matter next week's result against Springville.

Walker (5-2 overall, 5-0 in 5A, Region 6) enters Friday's showdown alo ne atop the Class 5A, Region 6 standings, one game ahead of Mortimer Jordan and Pinson Valley. The Vikings already own the tie-breaker over Pinson Valley thanks to a head-to-head win in Week 3.

Walker hasn't won a region title since the format was adopted by the AHSAA in 2000. The Vikings won three straight area titles from 1997-99. In region play, Walker finished behind Homewood in 2000 and 2001, placed second to Cullman from 2007-09 and placed second behind Hartselle in 2010.

Mortimer Jordan (5-2, 4-1) has also never won a region championship, finishing second in 2001 and 2006.

Walker is coming off an up-and-down 22-12 win at Center Point.

The Vikings held a 14-0 halftime lead after a pair of second-quarter touchdowns. Walker added a third-quarter touchdown for a 22-0 lead, but had trouble stopping Center Point's passing attack in the second half, giving up a pair of touchdowns. Walker kept the Eagles in the game with two fourth-quarter fumbles before finally holding off Center Point down the stretch.

K.J. Farris had a fumble recovery and a sack to lead the Walker defense while Jaiquan Crook forced two fumbles.

Walker quarterback Bryant Atkins, getting his first varsity start in place of injured starter Blake Wilkes, completed 6 of 10 passes for 91 yards against Center Point.

Walker running back Tyler Phillips topped the 100-yard mark for the second time this season, rushing for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.

Defense has been at the heart of Walker's perfect region record. The Vikings have allowed just 10.6 points in region games with no team scoring more than 13 points.

Linebackers Austin Mansell (88 tackles) and Blake Moore (81 tackles) lead the defense. Quadrekas Key has a team-high five interceptions.

Walker's defense will have to slow down Mortimer Jordan's air attack led by quarterback Delvin Hodges, who has completed 87-of-140 passes for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns. He hasn't thrown an interception this season.

Logan Motte is his top receiver with 41 catches for 618 yards and six touchdowns.

The Blue Devils have won five straight games after starting the season 0-2.