James Walker already had made a name for himself as a ball hawk for the Weston Ranch football team.
Walker, a senior, had two interceptions entering Friday’s game at Bear Creek High in Stockton. Well, Walker nabbed another pick, and is now tied for tops in the section with three interceptions. Not to mention, Weston Ranch cruised to a 71-14 victory.
But Walker was also an offensive force, taking carries as senior tailback Bryant Bowen Jr. rested an injured ankle. Walker averaged a whopping 28.2 yards per carry. He had five carries for 141 yards and two TDs, not to mention seven tackles on defense.
For his all-around effort, Walker was not only The Record’s Prep Football Week 2 MVP, but The Record’s High School Athlete of the Week, for Sept. 5-10.
Here's the rundown on Walker:
Name: James Walker
Weight: 155 pounds
Position: Wide receiver and defensive back
Favorite football player: Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin
Funniest football memory: “The best one, I would say, is putting up over 60 points” at Bear Creek.
Describe coach Seth Davis: “He’s on us, he wants the best for us. He provides us with a lot of things. He makes sure we study hard. He’s a wonderful guy.”
What’s the quirkiest thing he does? “Jokes. A lot of jokes.”
Who’s more intense, defensive coordinator Eric Duncan Sr. or Davis? “I’d say Duncan. But coach Davis is right behind him.”
Pregame ritual: Listening to hip hop, especially Lil’ Wayne
Pregame meal: Pizza and oranges
Who’s the funniest guy on Weston Ranch and why? “I’d say Bryant Bowen Jr. Man, he’s just a clown. He’s always got something new to say, every day he’s got a new joke.”