Kolten Gibson scores first touchdown of the game for Walker Valley in their game against Cleveland friday night. (Photo: Nikki Swafford)
CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Any service in an area that includes Walker Valley that picks a high school football player of the week, good luck. There were lots of choices Friday night.
But perhaps none more deserving than Mustangs quarterback Kolten Gibson, who was 27-of-38 through the air for 419 yards as Walker Valley defeated county rival Cleveland 68-36 in a Region 4-5A game.
Gibson also ran for the Mustangs' first three touchdowns before throwing five touchdown passes. His lone interception came on a heave toward the end zone on the final play of the first half.
His No. 1 target was Bryce Nunnelly. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga commitment had nine catches for 168 yards at halftime and ended up with 12 receptions for 205 yards and two touchdowns. He also had one of the Mustangs' five interceptions.
Cooper Melton joined in the fun for Walker Valley (4-2, 1-1) with six catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns. He also made an interception, as did Zach Eslinger, whose four receptions totaled 66 yards.
Not to be excluded, running back Alex King ran 27 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
Cleveland (4-3, 1-2) was led by Keegan Jones with 102 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. Micaleous Elder ran for two touchdowns and had nine carries for 62 yards.
Romeo Wykle was the Blue Raiders' leading receiver with four receptions for 98 yards. That included a 65-yard TD pass from Skyler Davis, who ran for Cleveland's first score.
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