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Walters gets opportunity to prove itself against Washington

It really is simple for Walters this week. Win and they're in the driver seat in district 2A-3. This week they host Washington. Both teams sit undefeated in the district. The Warriors are ranked 3rd in Class 2A, but Walters can't seem to crack the top ten. A win this week may give them the recognition they deserve.

"A lot of people feel like we're unproven. They think we haven't played anybody that's been any competition,” head coach Faron Griffin said. “So, you know, we have a lot to prove this week when we go up against Washington."

"Our team has really progressed throughout each and every game. We've got better each week. Being undefeated, it really means a lot to us," added senior Cade Baumann.

Four years ago, a Blue Devil district championship seemed unheard of. The team feels their success is a testament to their development.

"Four years ago we only won one game. That was my freshman year. We didn't have but 17 players on our team. This year we have 42,” Baumann said. “Not just the town, but also the school is a lot more into it and giving us a lot of support."

Washington is considered a powerhouse in Class 2A. Walters has had them circled on the schedule since day one. But if they look to come away with a victory, it starts with taking care of the football.

"Washington is just a really solid football program. They're established as a powerhouse. They do things right. They don't make many mistakes and they capitalize off their opponent's mistakes,” Griffin said. “So we're going to have to play really solid football to have a chance against them."

Walters plans to lean on an offensive attack led by what Griffin calls the 'twin towers'.

"With Cade Baumann and Trevor Hartman, who are two 6’4 receivers, and have done a great job for us, we play with a lot of team speed and a lot of fire about us, so we get after people."

An added advantage this team feels they bring against Washington is the proven ability to face adversity.

"Throughout the past several years, we know what it’s like to come back and be down and fight hard. I don't know if Washington has been in that situation. So if we have an advantage, it will be the fact that we know how to handle adversity," Griffin said.

"We've overcome a lot of adversity and we've come together and played as a team really good. And I think if we keep that going we'll do something good," added senior Trevor Hartman.

Kick-off for this 2A-3 clash is set for 7:30 Thursday night in Walters.

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