The win ensures the Eagles the No. 2 seed in Region 6A (B), which set up a play-in game next week against Trion for a spot in the state playoffs.
Dorian Walker was the main cause of the Wolverines’ demise. Walker ran 14 times for 195 yards and four touchdowns. And it didn’t take him long to get started.
Walker scored the first touchdown on a 41-yard run on the fifth play of the game to put the Eagles up 7-0.
“It was tough getting over the loss last week but our kids knew they had to get up for this game,” Mount Paran coach Mitch Jordan said. “We had a good week of practice, and the kids responded well (Friday).”
Walker’s second touchdown of the night came on the next drive. This one was from 7 yards out.
His third touchdown capped a 59-yard drive and made the score 24-0.
While Walker was dominating on the ground, Emoni Williams took care of the special teams and passing attack.
After forcing Walker to punt, Williams returned it 68 yards for a 31-0 lead. He struck again on the next Mount Paran offensive play, catching a short pass from Jake Allen, and turning up field for a 90-yard touchdown. Williams finished the night with 183 total yards for the Eagles.
“We have to continue to focus on fundamentals,” Jordan said. “We have to focus on all phases of the game, and limit mental mistakes. Next week is going to be a challenge. Everybody is good in this pool of teams and we’ll have to play well.”
Walker worked his way into the passing game and ended the half with a 72-yard touchdown reception.
“Dorian is an explosive kid,” Jordan said. “The team is drawn to him, and he’s growing up each week, I was very proud of him (Friday).”
Walker finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter when Ben Moore scored on a 10-yard run, but that only brought the score to 52-7.
Fourteen seniors played their final home game for Walker on Friday. Wolverines’ coach John East praised them for the work they put into the program.
“This class brought a lot of kids out and the young kids love these guys,” he said. “This group has done a lot more than just win a region championship. Their legacy will be the leadership they brought to this program and I’ll miss them terribly.”