Friday night was the first time Walden Grove has seen the field since losing in the state playoffs last season to Casa Grande.
Since then, the program has lost key players in Alex Lopez, Jordan Lopez, and Rick Avelar to graduation.
That didn’t stop Walden Grove from clicking on all cylinders Friday night against Douglas, winning the game 63-3, dominating both sides of the ball.
The defense was led by its senior captain, linebacker Sebastian Adamski, who worked on his craft during the extended offseason.
The hard work showed on the field as Adamski was able to get consistent pressure in the backfield leading to 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
The pressure created by the Walden Grove front seven helped cause three turnovers in the game and a blocked put. Adamski talks about his team’s defensive performance versus Douglas:
Walden Grove was able to do anything it wanted to do on the offensive end, from running in between the tackles and passing the ball downfield. The offensive line won the battle upfront. The line created time in the pocket and opened up holes for the running game.
With a large lead for most of the game, Walden Grove played both its quarterbacks in Caleb Lyden and Jason Stevens.
While both QBs were able to drive the offense downfield, wide out Ty McDermott took full advantage of their success with five catches for 88 yards with two touchdowns.
Here’s McDermott talking about his performance and how having a good defense helps take the pressure off the offensive side of the ball:
During the game, Walden Grove honored its seniors even though it was the first game of the season. Head coach Corey Noble talks about what that meant to this team and what he saw out of his team’s performance Friday night against Douglas:
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.