WALKERSVILLE — The Maryland Sports Access high school football preseason tour continued on Thursday as we visited the campus of Walkersville High School to watch the Lions practice.
Walkersville is coming off a 14-0 state title season in Class 2A and avenged 2015’s state title loss when they lost to Patuxent, 21-20. The Lions return a boatload of starters and contributors from their first state championship season since 1986, including two-year starting quarterback Billy Gant, ball carriers Ty Littleton and Tyler Gleason, wide receiver Josh Polce, do-it-all Jacob Wetzel, lineman Ethan Parrish and 120-plus tackler Christian Policelli.
In addition, eight starters return on defense, the same nucleus that didn’t allow more than eight points a game last year.
Below, Walkersville coach Joe Polce and Wetzel talk about the upcoming season, what to expect on offense and defense, what it was like to capture the school’s first state title since 1986, the road to repeating in a brutal 2A West and more.
Be on the lookout for more one-on-one interviews and in-depth previews as the season approaches.
WALKERSVILLE COACH JOE POLCE
WALKERSVILLE SLOT BACK / DEFENSIVE BACK JACOB WETZEL