Walker Valley rallies to beat Rhea County
CHARLESTON, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Glen Ryan isn't sure his football team has played a full four quarters yet, but they've played enough to win three of four games
Walker Valley rallied from an early 17-point deficit by scoring 24 unanswered points to beat former district rival Rhea County 24-17 in Channel 3's Friday Night Football Game of the Week.
Mustangs' quarterback Cory Cook was named player of the game for several key second half passes. Cook missed his first six passes of the game but connected on his final six. Which included a 70-yard pass to Chandler Hunt that set up the Mustangs second touchdown to pull within three, 17-14.
Walker Valley kept rolling with momentum as they recovered the ensuing kickoff.
One play later, Cook hooked up with Colton Morrow on a 33-yard passing touchdown to take the lead.
The Mustangs forced Rhea County to turn the ball over on downs midway through the fourth and led a four minute scoring drive that ended in a field goal, giving Walker Valley a 24-17 lead.
With under a minute the Mustangs forced another turnover which ended the game.
"They're making me get too old too soon," said Walker Valley Head Coach Glen Ryan. "We gotta find a way to play four quarters but there's one thing that I've said all along, they got a lot of heart and they don't quit."
Rhea County scored on its first three possessions. First on the ground with a Jacob York 8-yard touchdown. Next through the air on a beautiful play action pass from Austin Dotson to Noel Patterson for 87-yards. Followed by a field goal to go up 17-0 before giving up 24 unanswered.
"We just didn't play well in the second half, I thought we played really well in the first half," said Rhea County Head Coach Mark Pemberton. "Second half we couldn't do anything offensively and I put that on my shoulders. On defense I think we played well enough to win a ball game but we put our defense in some bad situations and they hit some big throws."