Fighting Through Growing Pains

Walker Valley running back/linebacker Kallum Lowe (40) battles for yardage in the first half against Lenoir City Friday at Walker Valley. (Banner Photo: Lynae Roberts)

The struggles of a difficult season continue for Walker Valley.

The Mustangs struggled to find their offensive consistency on the ground and through the air in a 47-14 Region 4-5A loss to Lenoir City Friday on the slippery pitch of “The Stable.” “We didn’t get it (offensive production). We didn’t play our best defense either. We’ve still got a lot of growing up to do,” said a subdued Mustangs coach Glen Ryan about the crucial region matchup. Griffin Broome handled the majority of carries for the Mustangs finishing with 73 yards on 12 carries. Kallum Lowe rushed 10 times for 55 yards and a touchdown. Kole Hall made the most of his three touches also ending the night with 55 yards and a TD. Hall set up Lowe’s score when he fell on Panther fumble at the Lenoir City 18-yard line midway through the first quarter. Lowe took the handoff three plays later from five yards out and pushed his way across the goal line to make it a 7-6 game after the missed extra point. Lenoir City (3-4, 2-1 Region 5-4A) scored on their first possession with a 50-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead. The Mustangs (0-6, 0-2) would not find the end zone again until 1:17 left in the game on Hall’s 46-yard TD run after a Panthers’ punt. The Panthers found success through the air piling up 263 yards and finding the end zone with scoring strikes of 50, 32, 36 and six yards. The road gets no easier for the Mustangs in their search for their first win of the season as the Red Bank Lions come roaring into “The Corral” Friday in a homecoming matchup. “We didn’t finish. It’s been a tough year for us. I appreciate these guys. We’ve just got to keep plugging and plugging until we put it all together,” said Ryan. “I’m proud of them. I don’t think they ever quit. They played hard. We’ve just got to keep getting better. We’ll get there.”

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