The Walker Valley Mustangs freshmen football team pounded out a 54-30 win over visiting Rhea County Monday in “The Stable.”
Donell Armour started the Mustangs’ offensive onslaught with an 88-yard dash to the end zone with just under six minutes remaining in the first quarter. Grayson Rountree made it 8-0 with a 2-point conversion.
Armour struck again for Walker Valley with 1:33 left in the first on a TD run of 34 yards to put the Mustangs on top 14-0 after a missed point extra attempt. The Eagles got on the board in the second quarter with a 64-yard interception return for a TD. Bryce Nunnelly regained momentum for the Mustangs seconds later with a 41-yard sprint to paydirt.
With 1:59 left in the first half, quarterback Hayden Spencer added more points for the Mustangs, calling his own number on a 1-yard quarterback sneak.
Rhea scored with 21 second left in the half to cut the score to 27-14.
With just over seven minutes left in the third quarter, Armour scooped up a Rhea County fumble and raced 35 yards for another Walker Valley touchdown. Cooper Tentler’s extra point put the Mustangs on top by 20 over the Eagles.
Justice Zachary got into the act for the Mustangs with 3:48 left in the third, galloping 40 yards to paydirt. Brice Gibson extended the Mustangs’ lead with the extra point.
The Eagles countered with a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter and made good on the 2-point conversion. Oran erased Rhea’s effort with a 43-yard TD with five minutes left in the game.
Rhea cut the gap once again on a 61-yard run for a score, but Skyler Swafford’s score from the Rhea 7-yard line put the finishing touches on the Walker Valley win.