Joe Bowl 2022: Same song, different verse as Wildcats crush Eagles


WALNUT — Wildcats second-year running back Kemarrion Gray’s found a hole and galloped 33 yards to the Falkner 3-yarder on the third play of the game in the 20th Joe Bowl. And that was definitely a sign of things to come.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound slugger scored on the next play, then converted a 2-run run to give Walnut an 8-0 lead.

Gray added three more scores on 25 carries for 141 yards as Walnut rolled Falkner 36-8 in front of a home crowd. It was the fourth consecutive Joe Bowl victory for Walnut, who led 30-0 at the break.

His final score was a 20-yard sprint down the Eagles sideline on a double backhand at 2:45 of the third quarter. It happened in 4th and 3rd and Gray was pretty confident about the outcome of the game when he heard it.

“When the play came, we all knew it was a ‘home call,'” said Gray, who for the second straight week topped the 120-yard mark with multiple ‘home calls.’

It was another tough Joe Bowl for Falkner, but there was at least one bright spot. The Eagles hit the clay, snapping an 11-quarter scoreless streak against Walnut when QB Gavin Wooley found Keaton Bolar on a short TD pass late in the fourth quarter.

Walnut QB Drew Jackson finished the night with eight completions on 15 attempts for 125 yards and one score, a 12-yard strike to Trenton Braddock with 3:59 left in the first quarter.

Walnut improves to 2-0 and hosts Middleton (TN) next week. Falkner drops to 0-2 and travels to Alcorn Central in Week 3.

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