With the program being revamped, many fans have some doubts and disbelief. Those thoughts didn’t stop the boys from getting it done this Friday. “I feel excited because we get the opportunity to prove a lot of people wrong in the county” said senior quarterback Elias Baroudi.
After coming off of a 0-17 loss to Liberty, the team was looking for a come back. With the first full Friday night game that didn’t get a rain delay, the team got their comeback. The Lions won 48-0 to Thomas Johnson High School.
Touchdowns came from senior Alonso Hoes, juniors Bryson Whitcher, Brett Ahalt, Nick Edwards, Andrew Stroka, and two from sophomore Mark Merica. “We expected to have a big win because we practiced hard with dedication. We had different defensive formations for TJ,” said sophomore Josiah Jones.
Preparing for games is different for every player. “We just practiced and got in the mindset to demolish everyone- that’s what Coach Polce always says. We studied their film and got ready,” said senior Josh Crowder. Senior Jacob Fraley, defensive lineman, had to prepare differently. Fraley has been out since last spring due to a knee injury. “I think we got our swag back, we played like a team. It felt good to be playing again,” said Alonso Hoes, a captain. “Preparing for the game, me and my teammates were definitely ready for battle coming from a loss to Liberty. We had a lot to makeup for so doing so we all imposed our will and course brought a victory for Walkersville 48-0.”
In previous years, the student section and fan turnout has always been something Walkersville was known for. “The fan turnout was definitely phenomenal, great to see when you have a whole community and student section on your side and definitely hope we gave everyone a show that night,” concluded Alonso Hoes.
The next football game will be this Friday, at North Hagerstown, at 7 pm.