Walker and Denham Springs Battle to Move Up 5A Ranks

What you need and how to watch the Walker vs Denham Springs matchup - Friday, November 13 at 7:00 pm CT.

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Game Info 

This week’s featured Louisiana game is a 5A District 4 matchup between the Walker Wildcats and the Denham Springs Yellowjackets – Friday, November 13 at 7:00 pm CT.

How to watch Walker vs Denham Springs
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Both teams have struggled this season. Walker head coach Chad Mahaffey’s first season was a good one as the Wildcats had a solid first season, going 8-4 and beating Thibodaux 63-21 in the first round of the playoffs.

The Wildcats come into the game with a 1-5 record. After opening the season with a 61-7 loss to St. Thomas More, the Wildcats defeated Broadmoor 68-0.  Since then, they lost to Scotlandville (54-15), Live Oak (26-10) and Central (35-28).

Last week against a good Central team (6-1, 3-1), Walker led 21-17 at the half but the offense struggled in the second half, and the Wildcats could only muster three first downs after halftime.

Brett Beard is in his first season as head coach of Denham Springs. Beard previously coached at Woodlawn and Live Oak.

The Yellowjackets have yet to win a game this season. They are 0-6 and 0-3 in 5A District 4 play. They’ve lost to St. Amant (35-13), Assumption (35-10), Westgate (43-7), Central (30-22), Zachary (44-14), and last week to Live Oak (38-31).

The loss to Live Oak was especially heartbreaking. With just a few seconds left in the game, the Yellowjackets attempted a 30-yard field goal for the win. Instead, Live Oak blocked the kick and ran it back for a touchdown to get the dramatic 38-31 victory.

Players to Watch – Walker

Senior 4-star WR Brian Thomas Jr. (6’4″/185 lbs)

Last week against Central, Thomas had five receptions for 88 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown catch. Thomas also scored on a 24-yard reverse. In 2019, Thomas put up some impressive stats with 75 catches, 1272 yards, and 17 TD’s.

Recruit Louisiana evaluation: Top athlete is both football and basketball for the Wildcats, Explosive, great balance and hands for a receiver, able to get separation to make the catch

Offers: Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Arkansas and Texas A&M

Players to Watch – Denham Springs
Senior 2-star LB Omari Warren (6’2″/220 lbs)

Recruit Louisiana Evaluation: Student-athlete, fires off the ball, physical and hard hitter, speed to the edge, backside pursuit is relentless, can move back to OLB and able to play in coverage as well.

Offers: Southern University, Alcorn State., Northwestern La., Nicholls State, Richmond, Southeastern Louisiana.

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