The Moore American

Sports

September 26, 2012

Big cleats to fill

Jaelon Walker looking to step out of uncle's shadow

MOORE — Jaelon Walker has set some pretty high standards for himself.

The Southmoore junior doesn’t just want to be the best running back to have ever played in Moore, he wants to be known as the best one in his family.

Walker is the nephew of Tarrion Adams, who was a standout back at Moore High from 2002-2004 and went on to play at the University of Tulsa.

“I got a couple of more steps to go,” Walker said. “He was a lot bigger than I was. There are a lot of differences. But at the end of the day I still want to prove that I am better than him. I have to work harder than he does.”

The 5-8, 170-pound Walker is listed as an H-Back on the SaberCats depth chart. His versatility as a runner and receiver makes him a threat anywhere on the field.

In Thursday’s 53-37 loss to Edmond Santa Fe, Walker ran for 112 yards on nine carries and reached the end zone twice.

On the season he has rushed for 232 yards and three touchdowns in four games. His 7.03 average per carry is second on the team to quarterback Tre Edwards. He’s done all his damage with only 33 carries.

“He’s a great player and a good kid,” Edwards said. “He has his head straight. He does some pretty good stuff with the ball in his hands. He doesn’t like losing and is a hard worker.”

Yet, Walker has a ways to go before his stat line matches his uncle’s. In three years at Moore High, Adams rushed for 3,742 yards and 42 touchdowns on 454 carries.

“He never really tells me how good he was,” Walker said. “It’s already out there. I can’t really do nothing about it.”

Before Walker knew anything about Adams’ status in Moore, he was already attracted to the game of football and saw how it had transformed him.

Text Only
Sports
  • bootcamp Westmoore girls putting in work at bootcamp

    Westmoore girls basktball coach Andrea Guziec is known for her intensity. She is constantly pushing and prodding her players to play at their best.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • soonersuni.jpg Sooners unveil new uniforms

    July 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stark takes over at Southmoore

    For the second time in the school’s history, Southmoore didn’t have to look far to find a new football coach. The Moore Board of Education approved the hiring of Jeremy Stark to take over the program Monday during a special board meeting at Moore High.

    July 1, 2014

  • Oklahoma wraps up third in Heartland

    Oklahoma and Georgia met on Friday for a tense game that could determine which team had a chance to advance to the championship of

    June 25, 2014

  • green, dahu Westmoore receiver commits to Louisville

    As the defensive coordinator at Broken Arrow last season, Adam Gaylor had to game plan for many of the best players in the state. That includes wide receiver Dahu Green, who had been destroying class 6A in his junior season at Westmoore.

    June 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • OU coaches take advantage of new rules

    A tradition developed every late July among college football coaches. They would meet the media en masse for the first time since April, but all questions regarding the current team’s health, fitness or work habits were quickly deflected.

    June 25, 2014

  • Maryland blanks Texas for Heartland title

    After Oklahoma cruised to victory over Georgia in the Heartland Classic’s third-place game, the only two teams to defeat Oklahoma s

    June 25, 2014

  • Sooner freshman arrested in Norman

    Oklahoma defensive back Steven Parker was arrested on a public intoxication complaint early Sunday morning in Norman.

    June 25, 2014

  • Rid River Showdown staying put

    Oklahoma and Texas have agreed to keep the “Red River Showdown” at the Cotton Bowl through 2025. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced the five-year contract extension on Tuesday.

    June 25, 2014

  • African-Americans continue to turn away from baseball

    Antoine Lester Sr. grew up playing baseball. From the age of 9 until his stint with the Little Rock Braves, the Arkansas native had

    June 25, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide