Junior Chad Gleason Wins 2A Player of the Year Award
by Wolfgang Sonne
After a wild run to the 2A State Championship game, Walkersville’s own junior running back Chad Gleason was selected to the 2A first team all state, along with winning 2A player of the year.
This past season the Walkersville Lion’s varsity football team made a phenomenal run to the state championship behind the team’s workhorse Chad Gleason. All though Gleason has dealt with injuries throughout his high school career he managed to rack up 1,652 rushing yards, 18 rushing touchdowns on an average of 6.4 yards per carry whilst only playing eleven games.
Gleason said, “Honestly I don’t think I did the best of my capability because of all of the injuries I had. My teammates helped me throughout the whole year. If it wasn’t for them I don’t think I would’ve had the stats that I did; my lineman get most of the credit for awards.”
Gleason then continued about his hopes for his senior season, “For me to achieve my goals for next year I need to stay healthy. If I can do that then I’d say that my goal is to rush for over 2,000 yards.”
Everyone throughout the county knows how much of a threat Gleason can be whether he is 100% or not. He has been the leader on the Lions offense since his sophomore year. Gleason ran for 240 yards and 3 touchdowns in the state championship although it was in a losing effort.
Principal Franklin said, “I can’t express how proud I am of Chad, Whenever a student gets such a prestigious award it really speaks to the program that they come from. I’m so incredibly proud of Chad. He’s gone through so much adversity since a freshman and he’s grown so much as a young man and a tremendous football player.”
Everyone in the Walkersville community is proud of Chad and eager to see what he can accomplish in his senior year.