Battle In The Mud

Walker Valley offensive lineman Clint Davis (47) plays in his final prep football battle at home against Soddy-Daisy tonight at 7:30. Muddy field conditions will be present in the Region 4-5A showdown. (Banner Photo: Patrick MacCoon)

Perhaps there is no better way to go out than letting loose and getting a little dirty.

With rainfall expected up until Friday night football kickoff at 7:30, slipping and sliding may occur in a potential mud-pit Region 4-5A matchup between Walker Valley and Soddy-Daisy.

Like the growing pains the Mustangs have been through this season, getting back up and knocking the dirt off will be key to future success.

The Trojans (4-4, 2-1) enter "The Corral" as heavy favorites with impressive defensive-led victories over Knoxville Catholic and Rhea County in which they have only allowed a combined 21 points.

With a small senior class, head coach Glen Ryan's squad has started as many as 16 sophomores at times as Walker Valley (0-9, 0-3) prepares for the future.

Learning on the run and hoping to "get better every day," one last chance for improvement this season awaits before the offseason hits.

Struggling to find their identity offensively in 2018, the Mustangs have averaged just 190 yards per game.

In it's second week operating out of the Wing-T in Week 9's 41-7 road loss to McMinn County, WV gained 140 yards rushing and surprisingly threw for a season-high 161 after previously averaging 66 passing yards per game.

Junior signal caller Avery Gray has done everything he has been asked to and put forth his best tally yet, with 189 total yards against the Cherokees.

With sloppy conditions expected, an offensive attack in which four ball carriers can take the ball at any time will try to cause deception and control the game clock.

Mustang fullback Spencer Wilson will look to keep up his strong work to end his senior campaign, after running tough for 147 yards on 25 carries over the past two contests.

Walker Valley has allowed an opponent to score less than 40 points just once this season, and will face a offense looking to regroup and gain momentum heading into the playoffs.

The Trojans have struggled with just 25 points scored over their last three games combined, but are expected to have starting quarterback Gavin Chambers back after leaving early in a 14-0 loss to Signal Mountain last week.

In 6A battles Soddy lost to Ooltewah, 30-27, and to Bradley, 42-8.

Walker Valley has struggled to contain the run this season, allowing 272.1 yards on the ground per contest. Last week they nearly gave up 400 to a Jalen Hunt-led McMinn backfield.

Bradley County is led in tackles by sophomore linebacker Dyllan Jenkins, who has 75 stops (40 solo).

Junior Kellar Carson had two tackles for loss last season and leads the Mustangs with eight TFLs.

Clint Davis, Cole Gobble, Cameron Saunders, Ethan Gobble, Kyle West and Wilson will lead their team out of the tunnel one more time for WV.

The home sideline hopes for a low scoring affair if Mother Nature can help their season come to a close on a more positive note than last year's 48-28 loss to the Soddy.

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