By Peter Pasqua
WALKER – Walker High School scored three unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter to run away from rival Denham Springs Friday night in a District 4-5A match-up at Wildcat Stadium.
The Wildcats (7-1, 3-1) find themselves in a tie with Central for second-place in league standings behind top contender Zachary while Denham Springs (4-4, 1-3) has two games remaining to bolster their playoff hopes.
Walker amassed nearly 600 yards of total offense out-gaining the Yellow Jackets 585-241. The Wildcats were balanced with 305 yards passing and 280 yards rushing.
Wildcat quarterback Ethan McMasters passed for 231 yards on 14-of-26 passing with Brian Thomas hauling in seven catches for 179 yards and a touchdown and Jalen Cook adding six receptions for 62 yards and one score.
Denham Springs quarterback Luke Lunsford countered with 189 yards completing15-of-27 attempts with Tre Muse rushing for 225 yards on 41 carries.
Walker jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter when BJ Lockhart connected with Thomas for an 80-yard touchdown and Cook returned a punt 64 yards for another score.
The Yellow Jackets got on the board in the second quarter with Lunsford hit Kaleb Drummer for a 10-yard score. Walker’s Bradley Cain and Denham Springs Jose Ortega then traded field goals from 27 and 42 yards out before a safety put the Wildcats up 19-10 at the half.
The Wildcats struggled to put Denham Springs away in the third quarter as Ortega’s 44-yard field goal cut it to 19-13 but the final stanza was all Walker.
McMasters connected with Cook on a 20-yard scoring strike and then hit Trent Montgomery for an 11-yard score. The final tally came on a 51-yard interception return by Keondre Brown.
The Wildcats host Live Oak (5-3, 2-3) Friday night. The Eagles defeated Walker 24-21 last season.
The Yellow Jackets host Central (4-4, 3-1). Denham Springs defeated the Wildcats 34-6 last year.