Walker’s Defense Steps Up in King’s Ridge Game

By Jack Jones and David Kahn   

   The Wolverines’ Varsity home opener was very successful as the team took down the King’s Ridge Tigers. The Walker Wolverines won the exciting and suspenseful game by one point, beating King’s Ridge 21-20.

   The bye week helped the Wolverines make major improvements on the defensive side of the ball. Thomas Rath (#29), sophomore linebacker, led Walker with eight total tackles with three of them for loss. Ben Snavely (#75), senior defensive end, added five tackles with two of them being crucial sacks. The Wolverine secondary also played well with sophomore Beau Slay (#4), and junior Paul Grazzini (#10), who each had an interception.

   The Walker offense was firing on all cylinders as they scored 21 points on 232 yards of offense. Junior running back Lawson Ashby (#36) had 73 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Joseph Vose (#13) also had 73 yards rushing on 17 carries with a touchdown, and he added 44 yards in the air. Receiving was led by senior Alex Watkins (#2) who had 33 yards on four receptions.    

   King’s Ridge had the lead, 20-14, with ten minutes left in the fourth quarter when Grazzini intercepted a pass from Reid Martin, the junior quarterback from King’s Ridge. Grazzini returned it all the way to the Tigers’ 20-yard line. A couple of plays later Ashby punched in the tying touchdown and senior Mitchell Carmack (#12), put the extra point through to give the Wolverines a 21-20 lead.

   King’s Ridge was driving down for a game winning field goal or touchdown but fumbled, and senior Kel Timbrook (#67) recovered the ball around the 12-yard line. While the Wolverines were trying to waste out the clock, Vose fumbled with one minute left. The Walker defense came up strong, not letting King’s Ridge move the ball after the fumble. The Wolverines wasted out the rest of the clock and won 21-20.