Hope springs for Walker football
by Greg Oshust
goshust@mdjonline.com
May 24, 2012 12:35 AM | 3135 views | 10 10 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As much as things have changed for Walker, one constant the Wolverines will still be able to rely on is top running back Evan Kasian (4).
<Br>Special photo by Anthony Stalcup
As much as things have changed for Walker, one constant the Wolverines will still be able to rely on is top running back Evan Kasian (4).
Special photo by Anthony Stalcup
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So far, so good for new Walker coach John East.

Having just completed a successful spring session with the deepest roster the school has had in years, things are looking up for East and the Wolverines as they prepare for the 2012 season.

East, a former athletic director at Whitefield Academy, inherited a team coming off a 3-7 season in 2011 under Ben Williamson, who stepped aside as coach after the season but has remained at the school as an administrator.

East said the Wolverines are off to a strong start in their preparations for the 2012 campaign.

“Everything is going great,” he said. “We met all of our goals for the spring. Our athletic director, Gary Blohm, has been very supportive, and my assistant head coach, Pat Hall, has been a big help.”

Installing a new multiple offense was one of the top priorities for East in the spring, and the Wolverines made great strides towards that goal.

“We installed most of our offense,” East said. “We got 80 to 85 percent of our offense in.”

One of the biggest reasons for increased optimism at Walker is the team’s growing roster. The varsity squad has already increased by nearly 20 from the 35 of a year ago.

“One of our goals was to increase the numbers on our team,” East said. “Right now, we have 54 players and counting. We expect more to join us in August.”

Another plus for East is the solid core of leadership he will have on the field, with 19 seniors on the Wolverines’ roster.

“It’s huge to have that number of seniors,” East said. “Just the leadership these guys bring is a huge plus for us.”

Leading the way among the seniors is running back Evan Kasian, the team’s leading rusher last year with 1,247 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Mike Ramsey, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound rising senior, will move from the offensive line to work at outside linebacker. He will also contribute on the offensive side at running back.

Offensive linemen Mitchell Boylan and Colin Mitchell are among the other top rising seniors.

Rising junior Cameron Bloebaum and rising sophomore James Pittinger will share time at quarterback, while rising junior tight end Gavin Crouch and rising junior Jack Johnson are among the other key players.

Walker will also be boosted by a plethora of promising newcomers, with rising senior wide receiver Zack Fox and rising senior tight end William Wynn leading the way.

While most of the new players have little to no playing experience, East is excited by the potential that his newcomers show.

“A lot of these guys have little to no experience, but these guys can play,” he said. “These are guys who can contribute for us right away.”

East’s team will get a big test even before the season begins, when the Wolverines host Class A state runner-up Landmark Christian for a preseason scrimmage Aug. 17. The next week, Walker will host Temple in its season-opener.
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Just a thought
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October 31, 2012
I think Walker's doing pretty well so far.... I mean, 7-0 doesn't say anything right?
@Doc Holliday
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November 02, 2012
You were right, there isn't a chance in hell walker will go 8-2 this season....because we're currently 9-0
Just saying
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May 27, 2012
This coach is a joke. I don't think this guy has ever coached a football team in his life. How can he say that these new kids can play when half of them haven't even put pads on? Anyone that has ever played football knows that the game is completely different once the pads go on. I see another 3-7 season ahead.
James Johnson
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August 19, 2012
Your vision is pretty limited then. They have the greatest depth and most skill ever this year. As well, the scheduled iw way dumbed down from prior years due to both the re-classification of schools and rejiggering of the regions. A monkey could coach them to 6 and 4 this year and 8 and 2 is very within reach! You are foolish if you see 3 and 7.
You are so right!
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November 11, 2012
Not. Just saying, 10-0. Perfect regular season. And region champions
Walker Sports Fan
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May 24, 2012
Walker was 3 and 7 last year. In four of those losses they were leading at half. The biggest issue has been having enough players to keep the pedal down in the second half. If they keep 40-45 players (as opposed to their usual 30 or so), combined with their much easier schedule due to reclassification to double A of prior region opponents, it is very conceivable that Walker may go 6 and 4, 7 and 3 or even 8 and 2 this year.
Doc Holliday
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May 25, 2012
There isn't a chance in hell that Walker football goes 8-2 this coming season.
Good call
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October 31, 2012
I like your thinking. You a pretty good at telling the future
Veteran Fan
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May 24, 2012
The headline is very appropriate. Walker is always talking about football success but they never win! Football takes hungry, hard working athletes and Walker does not have them. They should drop the program and concentrate on soccer like they used to where they had some success!
Good job
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November 02, 2012
Yes, I suppose we should drop a program that is 9-0 this season. That is an extremely smart idea.
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