November 20, 2017

WATCH: Walkersville football coach Joe Polce and Jacob Wetzel discuss the upcoming season

Walkersville coach Joe Polce addresses his team after practice on Thursday, August 18, at Walkersville High School. Photo by Kyle McFadden/MSA.

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.

WALKERSVILLE COACH JOE POLCE

WALKERSVILLE SLOT BACK / DEFENSIVE BACK JACOB WETZEL

About Kyle McFadden 349 Articles

Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School’s Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore’s student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles.

McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access.

With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels.

McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church — serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night.

Although he’s only been around journalism since January 2014, he’s a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post.

McFadden’s work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He’s also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists.

McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor’s degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.

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