GURLEY — The Walker Vikings got off to a slow start Friday night in Madison County.
The Viking offense was able to accumulate only three yards in the first quarter. The final three quarters were a different story as Walker took advantage of eight turnovers to rack up seven touchdowns in a 52-6 blowout victory over the Tigers.
The Vikings recovered six fumbles in the game and picked off a pair of passes.
Offensively, Walker was led by Marlon Oliver who rushed for 134 yards on 16 carries, scoring one touchdown. Quarterback John Holladay threw a pair of touchdown runs and rushed for another.
The Vikings scored three touchdowns in a 2:05 span early in the second quarter to give Walker more than enough points for the game.
“(Madison County) did a good job early, changing defenses and coverages. Once we reacted to what they were doing, our quarterback (Holladay) did a good job finding open receivers for big plays,” Walker coach Heath Brunner said.
Madison County opened the game strong, taking the opening drive 69 yards on eight plays to take an early 3-0 lead. Madison County’s up tempo offense appeared unstoppable behind quarterback Tyler Gurley who was a perfect three for three on the drive while adding 38 yards on the ground. The field goal was added from 27 yards out by Morgan Finley.
The Vikings could not seem to get going on the offensive end, producing two straight three and outs to open the game.
Walker finally found a spark for its offense on the opening drive of the second quarter behind Isiah Cox.
Cox took a handoff on the Vikings second play from scrimmage and gashed a hole through the middle of the Tiger defense, scoring the touchdown from 59 yards out to give Walker the 7-3 lead.
The Vikings never looked back.
The Tigers fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving Walker the ball back at Madison County’s 25 yard line. On the very next play, Holladay hit Cox with a pass on a deep slant for the touchdown to give the Vikes a 14-3 lead.
John Michael Reed picked off a pass by Gurley on Madison County’s next drive, setting up Walker just 15 yards from another touchdown. This score came on a pass from Holladay to Myron Mitchell, who made a spectacular diving catch, dragging his feet to stay inbounds for the touchdown and giving Walker a 21-3 lead.
Madison County ran into more mistakes on its next series. After starting from its own 31 and picking up only one first down, the Tigers faced a fourth down and five from midfield.
Deciding to attempt the fake and steal back the momentum turned out to be a huge mistake as Ty Chatman intercepted the pass to set up the Vikings just 35 yards out. This drive was capped by a Holladay quarterback sneak to give Walker the 28-3 lead.
The Vikings would bend but not break, giving up only a field goal to keep the lead at 28-6 at halftime. Madison County didn’t score again. The Vikings were not stopped again until they removed all their starters.
Walker would score on the opening drive of the third quarter behind another Cox touchdown, this time from 27 yards to take a 35-6 lead.
Madison County again turned the ball over on the next drive when receiver Marquise Irvin lost the ball as he was being tackled just short of the goal line. The Vikings would then take the ball 99 yards on 10 plays to crush any hopes the Tigers had.
The 42-6 lead came this time on a touchdown by Marlon Oliver on a seven yard run.
The following kickoff was again fumbled by the Tigers. The Vikings took advantage, scoring two plays later on a 24-yard run by Marquell Oliver, to stretch the lead to 49-6. Walker gained three more points on a 30-yard field goal with only five minutes remaining in the game to make the final score 52-6.
The Vikings were led by Marlon Oliver who rushed for 134 yards on 16 carries, scoring one touchdown. Isaiah Cox added 87 yards on just three runs with two scores and added one catch for a 25 yard touchdown.
Holladay also passed for two touchdowns while running in one more. Ty Chatman and John Michael Reed each added an interception for the Viking defense.
Alex Medina led the Walker defense with 12 tackles and a fumble recovery.
The Vikings (3-2) return to region play next week with a home gains against Briarwood Christian.