• John Macon Gillespie

Jack Walker Ready To Lead

Madison Central delivered the best upset and one of the most exciting games of the season when they took down South Panola in the first round of the 6A playoffs last November.

The Jaguars were no strangers to taking down giants last season, though. They opened up the season with three straight wins over the likes of Meridian, Brandon and Oxford. However, they lost to eventual 6A champion Starkville twice. The first was a regular season division game, while the second came in the 6A North finals.

Defense and steady quarterback play from Jack Walker was the recipe the Jaguars followed in their nine wins in 2015. As the season went on that recipe came through more and more. The Jags won five straight before being eliminated by the Yellow Jackets. something Walker sees as a building block.

“I think last year we really started playing as a team later on in the season,” Walker told SES Mississippi. “If we do that earlier in the season I believe we can improve on what we were able to accomplish last season.”

Just this past week Walker has attracted coaches from Troy, Memphis and Mississippi State. After the coach that offered him at Miami recently landed at Georgia, he has started to hear from the Bulldogs, as well. That’s likely on the beginning of a list of suitors he will build after throwing for 2,812 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior last year.

Despite attention and the lure of the next level, Walker is focused on improvement. That’s precisely why he has his eyes set on competing at the Fortius Project series stop in Petal on March 5th.

“I think it will be a great event to get better as a player,” Walker said of Fortius. “I’m just trying to be a better leader on and off the field, and also working on mechanics and accuracy every day.”

A camp setting, he says, provides an opportunity to improve his leadership skills by, “helping players out and making sure everyone knows what they are doing.”

Another draw for Walker to Fortius is a chance to be able to compete alongside fellow junior and star for Clinton Cam Akers.

“It’s always fun throwing to him,” Walker said of Akers.

The two will be seniors next season and will be looking to lead their team to an elusive 6A state championship title.

“I definitely need to play the best I can and lead the team but I don’t think its a one-man job,” Walker said.

**Photo by Keith Warren of the MHSAA

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