Walker looks to close out perfect region record
by Johnathan Bentley and W. Brian Hale
Oct 26, 2012 | 1011 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker has its region championship.

Now the Vikings look to finish off a perfect region record at Springville’s Tiger Stadium. The game starts at 7 p.m. and can be heard on WJLX 101.5 FM.

Walker (6-2, 6-0) wrapped up its first ever region title last week, beating Mortimer Jordan 39-8 in the home finale at Walker’s Ki-Ro Gambrell Field.

The Vikings’ next home game comes in two weeks in the opening round of the playoffs.

Springville (2-6, 2-4) is coming off a pair of lopsided losses, including a 35-0 road loss at Pinson Valley last week. The Tigers have struggled on defense this season, allowing 37.1 points per game, including 44.8 points per game over the last five weeks.

Walker has been led by its rushing attack the last two games.

Tyler Phillips has rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns in wins over Center Point and Mortimer Jordan. The Vikings have also gotten a boost from freshman quarterback Bryant Atkins. Since taking over for injured starter Blake Wilkes, Atkins has completed 24 of 36 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Walker’s defense has been at the heart of the Vikings’ region championship. Since giving up 42 points to Cullman in the opener, Walker is allowing just 10.7 points per game and hasn’t allowed more than 16 points.

Walker is 3-1 all-time against Springville, losing the last matchup 14-6 in 2009.

Carbon Hill (0-8, 0-6) at No. 9 Dora (7-1, 6-0)

Class 4A, Region 4 champion Dora has been dominant in coach Johnny Wright’s inaugural return year, outscoring region opponents by an average 30-13 and clinching their first region title since 2004 with a 39-8 victory over Jemison. Carbon Hill hasn’t recorded a victory this season and are giving up 52 points per contest. Tonight’s clash at Horace Roberts Field will be first meeting between the in-county rivals since 1973, where previously the teams shared a long series dating back to 1927. Carbon Hill leads rivalry with a 30-14-1 edge, with Dora winning the 1973 battle 70-3.

No. 10 Oakman (7-1, 6-0) at Cold Springs (2-6, 1-5)

The Wildcats secured their first region title in nine years in last week’s 50-36 Class 2A, Region 4 win over Aliceville, the program’s first under fourth-year coach Mark Hastings. Oakman will look to finish the year undefeated in region play when they travel to Bremen to take on the Cold Springs Eagles at Eagle Stadium. Cold Springs entered the 2012 season with one of the longest losing streaks in AHSAA history at 35 games, but have recorded two victories this year — including a 22-6 region victory over Francis Marion. Oakman leads the overall series 18-7 and have won the past four meetings, including last year’s 55-12 rout of the Eagles.

Hayden (1-7, 1-5) at Curry (1-7, 0-6)

Curry looks to end a seven-game losing streak heading into the final region game of the season at home tonight.

The game will start at 7 p.m. from Curry’s Hudson-O’Rear Stadium. The game can be heard on WJBE 88.5 FM.

Since routing Carbon Hill in the season opener, Curry has come close to beating several teams only to fall short down the stretch.

Curry gets another chance at ending its losing streak against a Hayden (1-7, 1-5) team that got in the win column for the first time last week with an upset 20-19 victory over Center Point.

Lynn (4-4, 2-4) at Hubbertville (5-3, 3-3)

Lynn hits the road with its playoff hopes on the line tonight.

The Bears need a win over the Lions in order to put Lynn, Hubbertville and possibly Parrish in a three-way tie for the fourth spot in Class 1A, Region 5.

Lynn, which has been hit hard by injuries, lost quarterback Brody Meeks last week in a 44-31 loss to the Parrish Tornadoes, the Bears’ third loss in a row.

While the Bears have struggled lately, Hubbertville has won three of its last four games, beating Brilliant 39-16 last week.

Lynn could win the fourth playoff spot outright with a victory over the Lions coupled with a Parrish loss to winless South Lamar. A Lynn loss would result in Hubbertville earning the postseason berth.

South Lamar (0-8, 0-6) at Parrish (4-4, 2-4)

Parrish hopes to keep its playoff hopes alive today with a victory over winless South Lamar.

The Tornadoes have found their offense over the last two weeks, scoring a total of 106 points in wins over Brilliant and Lynn.

Parrish hadn’t scored any points over its previous eight quarters before moving Jermichael Harris to quarterback prior to the Brilliant game. Harris has a total of 13 touchdowns over the last two weeks, including six last week against Lynn.

Parrish needs a win over South Lamar coupled with a Lynn victory over Hubbertville to force a tie-breaker to decide the fourth playoff spot on 1A, Region 5.

South Lamar is 1-17 over the last two seasons. The Stallions are giving up an average of 43.9 points per game this season.

Shades Mountain Christian (2-6) at Meek (4-4)

It’s been an up-and-down year for the Meek Tigers. After starting the season with a 3-0 record, Meek went on a four-game losing streak — with their hopes of locking up their first postseason appearance since 2003 steadily dwindling away. The Tigers bounced back last week to stop their losing streak with a 53-0 victory over Southeastern, making their Class 1A, Region 6 record an even 3-3 (4-4 overall).

Now comes tonight’s region finale against the Shades Mountain Christian Eagles (1-6, 1-5) at Meek Field in Arley. The Eagles lone win this year came in a 51-0 win over Southeastern in week 6. It will be the first meeting between the two programs.

Winston Co. (5-3, 4-2) at Vinemont (6-2, 4-2)

After mounting a five-game winning streak from week two to week six, the Winston County Yellow Jackets have dropped their last two contests by a combined score of 41-107, leading into tonight’s Class 3A, Region 7 final with the Vinemont Eagles at Eagle Stadium. Winston County was defeated by region champion Hamilton last week, 46-27, while Vinemont topped Winfield 45-32. While both programs, along with Hanceville, have secured playoff berths for the region, tonight’s clash will go a long way in determining who ends up in the second, third and fourth spots. Winston County holds a slight edge in the overall series, 6-5, with Vinemont winning last year’s meeting 47-34.

Cordova (2-6, 2-4) at Hanceville (5-3, 4-2)

Although the Blue Devils began the year with a 0-6 record, Cordova has rallied in the past two weeks to defeat Danville 26-14 and post their first shutout since 2010 in a 30-0 win over Good Hope. Hanceville, seeking a victory to lockup Class 3A, Region 7’s No. 2 playoff spot, is on a five-game winning streak leading into tonight’s clash at Ray Talley Stadium at Hanceville. The series is tied at 1-1, with Hanceville winning year’s meeting, 42-8.

Southeastern (0-7, 0-6) at Sumiton Christian (2-5, 2-4)

The Eagles, who are on a five-game losing streak and out of the Class 1A, Region 6 playoff race, will look to post their third victory of the season as they host the Southeastern Mustangs, who are winless in their first season of AHSAA play. The Eagles were routed 56-17 by No. 4 Ragland last week, while the Mustangs were shutout by Meek, 53-0. It will be the first meeting between the teams.