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November 21, 2012

High school football: Walter trades fire suit for pads

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Hess said some of that is due in large part to Walter's leadership.

"Mike is such a team guy and the type of guy you want in the fox hole with you," Hess said.

Walter began his senior season as one of the featured running backs for the Seals. He has 410 yards and is tied for the team lead in rushing scores with nine, but the bulk of that work came in the early season. Since the emergence of freshman Juvon Batts as the halfback, Walter has seen his carries dwindle. After 55 carries in the first four contests, Walter didn't have a double-figure carry game until he had 12 in the district final against Milton.

But that switch in roles was no big deal.

"I do like running the ball the most," Walter admitted. "This was the first time in my career that I've gotten a lot of carries on offense, but I had no problem with (giving up carries)."

Walter enjoys blocking for the explosive freshman and watching Batts run the ball.

"Juvon is a (heck of a) running back. I don't mind at all. He has way more speed than I do," Walter said. "A lot of the stuff he's able to do just comes naturally and it's amazing that he can do some of this stuff as a freshman. I get my carries. I'm very happy."

And whatever frustration Walter does feel, he has an outlet for it on defense. He's been a three-year starter for the Seals, beginning at nose guard as a sophomore and the last two seasons as a linebacker. He has 60 tackles this season.

"I like the hitting on defense," Walter said. "My goal is always to make as many tackles as I can."

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