The young Herd exacted a measure of revenge for a varsity loss Friday night with a 37-7 win over the Hurricanes.
“We feel like the tide is turning and that’s what we are building for. But, we’ve got games we’ve got to deal with this year. We are going to try and keep building on that, too. Things are starting to look up for football here at Walker Valley,” Ryan said after the win.
Donell Armour got it started for Walker Valley with an interception of a Hurricane pass. The Mustang freshman then rushed for 37 yards on the first Walker Valley play from scrimmage. Quarterback Hayden Spencer capped the three-play drive with a 14-yard run for the first touchdown of the night and a 6-0 Mustangs lead after a failed 2-point conversion attempt.
Mason Oran set up the next Mustangs score with a blocked East Hamilton punt. Bryce Nunnelly raced for 27 yards to the Hurricanes’ 4-yard line where Alex King capped the drive with the second Walker Valley TD. Nunnelly converted the 2-point conversion for a 14-0 Mustangs lead.
Walker Valley opened the second quarter in the middle of a 75-yard drive highlighted by a 24-yard Oran carry and a 14-yard Spencer to Armour completion. Grayson Rountree carried 11 yards to the East Hamilton 11, setting up a Spencer to Skylar connection to the Hurricane half-yard line. Spencer lowered his head to cover the short distance to make it a 20-0 game after the PAT was blocked.
The Mustangs put their fourth TD on the board in as many possessions with a 61-yard march, starting with a Nunnelly 18-yard carry. Spencer capped the drive with a 10-yard touchdown toss to Cooper Melton. Jacob Smithson made it 27-0 with the point after.
“I tell you what, they are a special group. The coaches are doing a great job with them. They are our future,” said Ryan. “We want to get something going with them before they come on up. We knew we have the potential to have a really good bunch with them if we can keep them all out and keep them working. Hopefully we can get next year’s crop to come in and join with them, so we will have two good back-to-back classes.”
Spencer set up the Mustangs’ first score of the third quarter with a fumble recovery at the East Hamilton 8-yard line. Smithson booted a 26-yard field goal to put Walker Valley out front 30-0.
The final score of the game for Walker Valley came when Swafford fell on a partially blocked punt at the Hurricanes’ 23. Armour took the ball to the half-yard line where Dalton Taylor lowered his head and pushed across the goal line. Cooper Tentler made it 37-0 with the extra point.
East Hamilton stopped the continuous clock with a touchdown with 1:57 left in the game to make the final score 37-7.
“They do a good job,” Ryan said of his young Mustangs. “They swarm and they have fun while they’re doing it. They are fun to watch.”