• John Macon Gillespie

Walker Excited About New Jag Hires

The last time Anthony Hart, Eric Robertson and Dusty Finley were all together on the same coaching staff they were nearly unbeatable at Lafayette. Well, the gang is back together, this time at Madison Central, and they are looking to pick back up where they left off.

During a three-year stretch from 2009 to 2011 the trio led the Commodores to a 46-2 record with three state championship appearances. During the 2010 and 2011 campaign they orchestrated two 16-0 seasons, both of which ended with state championship victories.

Perhaps no one is happier the three coaches decided to reunite at Madison Central than rising senior quarterback Jack Walker. He is excited for the chance he and his teammates now have to recreate the success the his new coaches had a few seasons ago.

“They are three really good coaches. Our team has been working hard every day and that is our goal, to repeat the success they have had in the past,” Walker told SES Mississippi.

While the hirings of Robertson and Finley only became official on March 10th, the Jags hired Hart as head coach and athletic director earlier in the month. Walker and his teammates have already had a chance to meet their new head man and not surprisingly, their initial impressions are favorable.

“He’s a great guy. He’s a player-first coach, which we love, and that will help us succeed,” Walker said.

Looking ahead to this fall, Walker is sure to be an integral part of Hart’s success. During his tenure with Robertson and Finley at Lafayette their offense was as formidable as any the state has ever seen. At the head of it all was former Commodore star and current Ole Miss Rebel Jeremy Liggins.

On the shoulders of Liggins the Dores became a dominant rushing attack. Though, the passing game was effective in its own right. Walker’s strength lies more with slinging it around. No question, Hart and Finley will play to his strengths and help him improve even beyond the success he has had so far. Last season Walker threw for 2,812 yards and 24 touchdowns.

“I’m excited for him(Hart) to help me become the best player and quarterback I can be,” Walker said. “I think our offense can be really explosive this year. Throwing the ball down the field and throwing it around fits us best.”

Now that three old friends and football minds are reunited, and the talent, like Walker is in place, the only thing left to do is win. It shouldn’t surprise any onlookers if the Jaguars do just that in the future.

“I’m ready to get to work,” Walker said.

**Photo by Keith Warren of the MHSAA.

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