In a one-point loss to Central the week before, Scotlandville High School overcame a 21-point halftime deficit to take a late lead before falling in the final minutes.
The Hornets made sure not to dig such a hole Thursday night.
Scotlandville parlayed a trio of early Walker miscues into a three-touchdown lead in the game’s first six-plus minutes, opening the way for an easy 61-14 road win.
“We came out tonight like the first half was the second half,” Scotlandville coach Eric Randall said.
The victory helped Scotlandville put behind the 27-26 loss to Central that Randall said left his team bitter, a setback the Hornets (4-1, 2-1) know could prove costly in the race for District 4-5A hardware.
Against a Walker team (2-4, 0-2) coming off an emotional homecoming win over Loranger and looking to continue the momentum, Scotlandville on this night was in no mood for wasting time.
The Hornets went ahead 14-0 at the 9:44 mark of the first quarter having run only five offensive plays.
It was 21-0 after Darion Williams connected with Raheem Williams for a 12-yard TD with 5:55 left in the quarter, giving Scotlandville the same lead that Central held at halftime the previous week. The Hornets were just getting warmed up.
By halftime, the margin had grown to 41-0, with five of the six scoring drives covering 48 yards or less.
“Taking nothing away from them, I thought we came out and played with no emotion, really for the first time this year,” Walker coach Dwayne Severio said. “We played a little flat. You do that against a team like Scotlandville, that’s what happens.”
Indeed, Walker’s early mistakes had a hand in Scotlandville’s fast start.
A failed onside kick by the Wildcats set up the first score. A pair of lost fumbles by Walker set up the next two.
Running back Dontrell Hilliard and Darion Williams shined early for the Hornets before Randall began to substitute liberally. Hilliard finished with 88 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries to lead a ground game that averaged over 8 yards on 36 carries. Williams was 8-of-11 for 93 yards and three scores.
The Scotlandville defense held Walker to one first down in the first half and four through the first three quarters.
Walker trailed 61-0 before scoring twice in the game’s final minutes.
“Tonight was about execution,” Randall said. “Our focal point was to come out fast, come out strong and play consistently for four quarters instead of just one half.”