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Walker, Cullman rival football teams mend fences after brawl

Walker and Cullman high school football teams joined forces to help spruce up Cullman's campus on Thursday. Source: WBRC video Walker and Cullman high school football teams joined forces to help spruce up Cullman's campus on Thursday. Source: WBRC video
The rivalry teams are trying to move past the bad blood of an on-field brawl that resulted in their coaches resigning and their schools being fined. Source: WBRC video The rivalry teams are trying to move past the bad blood of an on-field brawl that resulted in their coaches resigning and their schools being fined. Source: WBRC video
The schools won't face each other next season, but could meet in the 6A playoffs. Source: WBRC video The schools won't face each other next season, but could meet in the 6A playoffs. Source: WBRC video
CULLMAN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A brawl between Walker and Cullman high schools' coaches last season put the teams' intense rivalry in a bad light, but on Thursday, players from both sides worked together to put the bad blood behind them.

The fight at the end of the football season last fall happened after a tough game between Cullman High School and Walker High School. In the end, coaches were suspended and resigned, the schools paid fines and were put on probation.

Now months later, the Walker Vikings traveled to what might be considered enemy territory, the campus of the Cullman County Bearcats. But this Thursday, the rivals were just friends trying to work through some bad karma.

"We're just trying to show people that we don't hate each other. It's football, it's a tough sport. We just want to do something good out of it," Jaiquan Crook, a senior from Walker, said.

He's determined to mend fences with Cullman. He's got plenty of help from seniors on the other side determined to do the same thing.

"Calming all the bad blood, easing tensions. It's a great rivalry between us and Walker. We want to get back to that way," said Trey Moon, a player for Cullman.

The teams worked together to spruce up part of the Cullman High campus. In the process they cleaned up the mess that started on the field last fall.

"The fight put bad light on the rivalry. It was a good thing to do this, this is the last time we've got to make it right," Garrett Crider with Cullman said.

"Both very good football programs. We just wanted to come out here and make this the mutual respect again for high intense games," Walker player Cody Brown added.

The Vikings and the Bearcats are not scheduled to play each other next season, but they could meet in the 6A playoffs.

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