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Walker Shines In Varsity Debut
9-1-17 by Hayden Bonine
Qwontrel Walker is quickly making a name for himself.

In his first high school game, Walker helped Stillwater defeat Edmond Memorial 23-7 in a season-opening win Thursday night.

A freshman running back, Walker finished with 135 yards on 27 carries. He picked up 103 yards in the second half.

Before the game, Pioneers coach Tucker Barnard gave defenses a warning.

"He is a special talent with great vision and great speed,'' Barnard said. "I expect him to make big plays for us."

Walker repeatedly made quick cuts and reads, showcasing his speed and moves. His running forced the Bulldog defense to commit more to stopping the run, which opened up things for sophomore quarterback Gunnar Gundy. Gundy's touchdown pass to Garrett Leming in the fourth quarter sealed the victory.

Despite his impressive debut, Walker said the offensive line deserved more praise than he.

"They played great, they got me 135 yards," Walker said.

In addition to his statistics, Walker did the little things, too. He often was an effect pass blocker, a crucial trait often overlooked. After his strong start, Walker wasn't all that impressed with himself.

"You should expect better," Walker said. "Today wasn't really a great game for me."