Freshmen ’Stangs tackle Maryville
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WALKER VALLEY freshman Alex King (33) rushed for 165 yards during the Mustangs’ 44-34 win over Maryville last Monday.
WALKER VALLEY freshman Alex King (33) rushed for 165 yards during the Mustangs’ 44-34 win over Maryville last Monday.
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The Walker Valley freshmen Mustangs traveled north earlier this week to take Maryville, which has a perennial state power varsity program.

The Mustangs came away with an impressive 44-34 win over the ninth-grade Rebels.

The night started out looking as if it would be Maryville’s show, as the Rebels scored the first time they touched the ball with a 44-yard punt return.

WV answered on the ensuing drive that included a 24-yard gain by Alex King followed by QB Hayden Spencer hitting King with a pass for a 19-yard gain.

Bryce Nunnelly capped the drive when he found the end zone on his first carry.

Maryville took the kick-off and drove 63 yards to slow the Mustangs’ momentum and took a 14-6 lead.

Once again WV responded when King found paydirt from 19 yards out to cap the following series.

The Mustangs were unable to convert either of their two-point conversions, so Maryville held their 14-12 lead going in to the second quarter.

It was in the second quarter that the Mustangs’ defense came up with some big plays. Defensive end Xzayvier Beckingham sacked the Maryville quarterback for a big 11-yard loss for a huge 4th down.

The Mustangs defense gave their offense a chance to take the lead with four minutes left in the half. King again was a workhorse, gaining 64 yards for the first Mustang lead of the game.

Following a big sack by Skyler Swafford, WV would end the first half with an 18-14 lead.

The second half saw Maryville take the opening kickoff and drive 55 yards for their last lead of the game at 21-18.

The Mustangs quickly answered, as Donell Armour rushed 71 yards for a touchdown.

With a 24-21 lead, WV’s defense overpowered the Rebels. Nunnelly intercepted a pass and returned it to the 1 yard line. A sneak by Spencer gave the Mustangs a nine-point advantage.

Maryville never gave up the fight and was able to get a 97 yard touchdown off the kickoff return, cutting the Mustangs’ lead to 30-28.

WV answered when Nunnelly took a handoff and raced 71 yards. The lead went to double digits when the two-point conversion was tacked on.

Defensive efforts by Chris Ogle, Tucker Mendenhall and Dylan Blackwell forced the Rebels to punt.

The final WV points were put on the scoreboard when Nunnelly broke loose again for a 66-yard touchdown.

With less than two minutes in the game, Maryville was able to get one final touchdown.

WV rushed for 430 yards behind the line of Chris Ogle, Cody Morfield, Tyler Stewart, Alex Diaz and Blake Miller.

King led the way with 165 yards, followed closely by Nunnelly with 162. Armour posted 88 rushing yards.