Walker Valley unleashed a pair of young horses on Hixson and the Mustangs’ defense held the Wildcats scoreless and added a touchdown in a 20-2 freshman win Monday to run their record to 2-0.
Reggie Mills scored in the first quarter and and Dallas Kuykendall scampered 11 yards in the third to put the Mustangs on top 14-2.
“We utilized more players so they wouldn’t key on one person. They will key on Reggie, Holt (Spencer) or Cory (Cook) and they really couldn’t do that tonight. A lot of players got to make some good plays,” said Walker Valley coach Tony Spencer.
“Our offensive line probably played the best they have played all year.”
Hixson picked up two points just before halftime with a safety on a high snap that sailed into the end zone a on fourth-and-long punt attermpt.
Walker Valley’s Nathaniel Pruett scooped up a loose Wildcat fumble with less than a minute left in the third and rumbled 12 yards for another Mustangs’ TD.
“The defense has really set the pace in the first game and even more in this game. They didn’t give up much ground at all, maybe just a couple of first downs. They played really well. Our ends, linebackers and everybody contained. I’m proud of them,” Spencer said.
The Mustangs will make a trip to Ooltewah Thursday to try for their third win of the season.
“We made some little mistakes. We’ve got to hold onto the football. We don’t need to let it come out of our hands even if it is down on the ground,” Spencer said referring to a fumble the Walker Valley coaches thought might have been caused after the ball was down. “We just need to hold onto the ball and protect the ball when we get tackled.
“We still have a lot to learn and a lot to improve on. But, I like our progress so far. They are doing really well.”