Walkertown’s defense leads to victory over Carver

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Walkertown’s defense leads to victory over Carver
October 19
04:00 2017

The Carver Yellowjackets and the Walkertown Wolfpack are two Forsyth Country programs fighting for respectability.  On one hand the Yellowjackets are fighting to return to past glory while Walkertown is attempting to establish itself as a team to be reckoned with.  The two teams faced off last Thursday, Oct. 5, with Walkertown winning 14-0.

The Wolfpack came into the game looking to for their first win of the season.  They have gotten progressively better throughout the season according to head coach Jonathan Battle.  He says if his team continues to play this way it could lead to more victories down the line.

“I thought our guys came out pretty prepared and the kids kind of took it as a personal game because Carver is right down the street and a lot of the guys know each other,” he said.  “The guys really came out ready to play some football; they were juiced up.”

Offensively speaking, Battle feels that his team has grown tremendously.  He says his quarterback has made tremendous strides in the last few weeks. 

“Our quarterback Jesse Slate is really starting to take the reigns of the football team,” he went on to say.  “He is starting to understand things a lot better and things are starting to slow down for him.  That alone has helped the offense work a lot better.”

Battle says when his team can just go out there an play off instinct instead of thinking too much they play better and faster.  Defensively he felt they guys really stepped up to the challenge.

“This is probably one of our best game ever on defense,” Battle said.  “They tackled well and played assignment football.  If Carver made a big play they didn’t let it get into their heads, they took it one play at a time. I was really proud of how they played.”

Since earlier on in the season Battle says his guys have continued to grow and get better.  He tells his players during practice that they have to get better to reap the benefits of the hard work.  He told the kids before the game that “it was time to taste a W.” 

Going forward Battle says the one thing they can take away from this game is the intensity his players showed.  He told his team that the intensity they showed can carry them on and off the field leading to victory on and off the gridiron.

Carver continues to try and turn around the varsity and JV programs under their new regime.  JV head coach Dee Moye says his team is continually progressing throughout the season and hopes to have everyone on the same page before the end of the season.

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