West Stokes middle linebacker, junior Tyler Walker set a school record of 23 tackles in a game Sept. 2 against North Iredell. The record was set in 2008 by Kai Dodson, when he managed 21 tackles in a North Stokes matchup.
“I’ve been playing football since I was five years old,” Walker said. “From the Prowlers in little league to Chestnut Grove in middle school and now West Stokes.”
Walker started with the Wildcats JV program as a freshman, but was moved up to varsity four games later.
“All the coaches I’ve had through the years have helped me and showed me great things,” the athlete said. “Coach Upchurch has taught me a lot about football, given me advice, and has helped me with whatever I needed. Coach Nelson, my linebacker coach, has taught me things he learned playing in college since he came to West at the start of my sophomore season.”
The junior has spent much of his time on the field as a linebacker.
“At middle linebacker you’re expected to be the leader of the defense and you’re in the middle of everything almost every play. That’s what I like about it,” he said. “West Stokes has a strong program with good atmosphere. I enjoy being around the coaches and with the team.”
Walker said it was exciting to break the school record in single game tackles, but that isn’t his focus moving forward.
“I’m just out there to have fun and play to the best of my ability for my school. My ultimate goal is to keep my grades up and hopefully have a chance to play college football.”
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.