Student-Athlete Spotlight

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Buena’s Elusive Running Back Tory Walters is running a series of brief stories about Southern Arizona high school senior student-athletes entering this school year. The series, first-person accounts from the student-athletes, continues with a profile on Buena running back Tory Walters.

Tory Walters

School: Buena

College scholarship offers:

  • Baldwin-Wallace
  • Carthage
  • Culver-Stockton
  • Elmhurst
  • Monmouth
  • Puget Sound
  • Whitworth
  • Wooster

Honors/background: 2020 Running Backs Watch List.

Buena’s Tory Walters is coming of a junior season in which he ran 760 yards on 104 carries (Buena photo)

I first started playing football my sophomore year of high school. I was a 5’8″ and 160-pound speedy running back.

I rushed for 750 yards and six touchdowns my sophomore year. I was also on junior varsity looking to be the next man up. All off-season, spring and summer my teammates and I have been grinding day in and day out .

I wanted to improve my speed so my coach suggested I run track. Competing in the 100, 200 and 400 meters I got faster, better and stronger after my sophomore year.

I fell in love with the game of football when I first touched the ball. I knew football is where I belong. I started to learn the game more and improve as an athlete. I worked so hard to improve myself I made varsity my junior year while starting at running back and cornerback for the 2019 season.

I finished the season with 900-plus all-purpose yards on offense and a pick-6 on defense. I then earned the 5A First Team All-Region running back honors.

My team and I finished our season strong with a record of 8-3. We made the playoffs for the first time in years but were defeated in the first round. I don’t think we should’ve gotten knocked out of the playoffs so early. I feel like we definitely have something to prove.

My greatest hope is to just have a season, five games, eight games, 10 games … it doesn’t matter as long as we get to play the game we all love and worked so hard for.

I love my team for the ability to make something out of nothing. We are always the underdogs but we come out and we fight until we can’t fight anymore. No team has a better brotherhood than Buena football!

My future goals beyond high school include going to college and major in Business. I would like to go D1 football also. My final goal is to be successful in whatever I decide to pursue in life .

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