With the victory, Walker moves to 9-0 for the first time in program history and will play for the Region 6A title next week. The Wolverines will find out who their opponent is today. Mount Paran (2-7, 2-3) will face off against Darlington.
“All year long, we’ve just said to win the next game,” Walker coach John East said. “So, we’ve done that. So, we are the No. 1 from our subregion.”
Defense was the key to the Wolverines’ success, as Mitchell batted away three passes by Mount Paran quarterback Jake Allen, added a sack, and helped stop several scoring opportunities for the Eagles.
Leading 7-0 at the half, Kasian gave Walker some breathing room when he scored on a 6-yard run to put the Wolverines up
14-0 early in the third quarter. Kasian ended the night with 61 yards on 15 carries, but took over the Cobb County rushing lead when Walton’s Tyren Jones suffered a knee injury against Etowah and was held to minus-3 yards.
Kasian now has 1,709 yards on the season.
“Evan had a great night,” East said. “I think our offensive line did a good job of grinding it and our defensive line put the pressure on.”
Cameron Bloebaum added a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
The Eagles’ offense moved the ball, but had drives stall three times inside the Walker 5. The only Mount Paran points came on Daniel Gray’s field goal in the fourth quarter.
“It’s the same thing that happened all year,” Mount Paran coach Mitch Jordan said. “We had it inside the 5 three times and didn’t come away with points, and that’s the difference in the game.
“When you get inside against a good football team, you have to score. I thought our kids executed well.”
Walker struggled offensively early on, but finally got on the scoreboard late in the first quarter when Bradley Moore scored on an 8-yard run.
“(The Wolverines) have a physical football team,” Jordan said. “They have a lot of excitement going, so my hat’s off to coach East.”