Last year: King’s Ridge 41, Walker 27
All-time series: Series tied at 1-1
Prediction: King’s Ridge 31, Walker 10
It was back to the basics the last two weeks after Walker suffered a 45-7 loss to Wesleyan to start the season.
Now the season begins for real when the Wolverines head to King’s Ridge tonight to begin Region 6A play.
The Wolverines squandered early opportunities in the game against Wesleyan and was still in it late in the second quarter, but that’s when the Wolves took over and never looked back.
Walker spent the bye week focusing on tackling and how to align better on offense and defense. The Wolverines also tweaked their running game and inserted a handful a pass plays.
“We focused on fundamentals and trying to do a couple of things well instead of trying to do everything well,” Walker coach Matt Casper said. “We want to keep it simple for our kids and give them the best chance for success.”
J.T. Wood scored a rushing touchdown for Walker in the second quarter to keep the Wolverines in it, but the offense will have to execute more often this week. One way to do that, Casper said, is to cut down on the penalties and to get plays off without any procedural issues.
Walker will rely mostly on the run with Wood getting the bulk of the reps in the backfield, and Jake Reini has also had a productive preseason at tailback.
He’s also challenging Walker to play faster against King’s Ridge and create more opportunities.
“King’s Ridge has playmakers on the outside that’s going to create a problem for us and their quarterback makes good decisions,” Casper said. “We have to make sure we do the little things right and be fundamentally sound.”
Walker must also improve its passing game after throwing for only 17 yards against Wesleyan.