Madison Prep running back Tyrese Walker isn’t about to let his brother, Chargers defensive back Tasmin Walker, forget about Friday night.
For years the brothers have argued over who the better player was.
The debate probably won’t end after No. 4 Madison Prep’s 59-10 win over No. 13 Archbishop Hannan in the first round of the Division III playoffs, but Tyrese certainly has a little more to brag about to his brother from now on.
The Walker family single-handedly outscored the Hawks on Friday night, posting three touchdowns between them, but it was the younger Tyrese who came out on top with two scores.
“It feels good,” Tyrese said. “I’m about to talk about it all day and night at home.”
Tyrese got out to an early lead on his brother — and Hannan — with a 27-yard touchdown run down the sideline on the team’s first offensive possession of the night.
The running back may have given Madison Prep a lead it would never relinquish for the rest of the night, but it wasn’t everything the Chargers needed to secure a victory — that was thanks to Tasmin.
Less than a minute after his younger brother celebrated in the end zone, Tasmin jumped Hannan quarterback Timothy McDonald’s throw into the flat, and 35 yards later the Walkers were once again dancing under the goalposts.
“Sometimes at home, we say who’s going to do what. We try to outcompete each other,” Tasmin said. “He had to get one, so I had to get me one.”
But Tyrese couldn’t let his brother win — not on this night.
About halfway through the second quarter, the sophomore tailback dove up the middle from 5 yards out for his second score of the game and everything he would need to top his brother. Tyrese finished with 103 yards on 11 carries.
“We’ve been thinking about this since we were 7 or 8 years old,” Tyrese said. “It was a big night for me and my brother.”
With the game in hand, the Chargers moved away from the power run game they built their lead with, instead letting quarterback Edwin Kleinpeter air it out.
Starting with about two minutes left in the first half, Kleinpeter and his two favorite targets in wide receivers Lyndon Rash and Brian Savole teamed up for three touchdowns by the final whistle.
He finished with 154 yards on 5 of 11 passing, including scores of 93 and 56 yards.
“Our first and foremost is we want to be able to run the football,” Madison Prep coach Michael Roach said. “Normally, when we can run the football, that opens up the play action game.”
But it wasn’t all perfect for Madison Prep. The Chargers committed 19 penalties for 190 yards Friday night, 13 of which came in the first half.
Not that they needed it, but the Chargers also had four touchdowns and a two-point conversion called back due to flags.
Roach credited the majority of the penalties to hustle plays, but Hannan coach Scott Wattigny — whose team committed 12 penalties of its own — said they made it difficult to build a rhythm.
Hannan had 222 yards of total offense, but its only scores of the night came off a 2-yard run by running back Nicholas Martin-Morman and a 35-yard field goal late in the game.
“You get a big play and then you get a penalty, big play and then a penalty,” Wattigny said. “It’s just tough.”