Walsh Sets Career Mark In Opener

J.W. Walsh led Denton Guyer to a 13-2 record and the Texas Class 4A state semifinals a year ago. But there were doubters entering the 2010 season as the Wildcats moved to the state's best competition in Class 5A. Walsh and his teammates showed what they were capable of doing Saturday as the Oklahoma State commitment threw for a career-best 340 yards and four touchdowns to defeat Waxahachie 45-7.

The 6-2, 200-pound Walsh was outstanding in completing 15 of 20 passes, although those statistics could have been much better if not for several dropped passes. He threw TD passes of 59, 39, 38 and 10 yards, and completed passes to eight different Wildcat receivers.

"I'm extremely pleased with how it turned out," Walsh said Sunday afternoon.

"You look at my numbers, and it's a career high (in passing yards) but there was one pass I threw behind the line of scrimmage and it went 60 yards for a touchdown. I need to give a lot of the credit to my team. My line blocked great and I had a lot of time to throw the ball," he added.

However, Walsh said the highlight of the game came when he was standing on the sideline next to his dad, Guyer head coach John Walsh.

J.W. Walsh had driven the Wildcats down the field – completing a 45-yard pass on the fourth play of the game - to put his team in scoring position. Running back Treavon Walton slid down at the 1-yard line a few plays later, and that's when Walsh went to the sideline with backup quarterback Dominic Ramacher (also the starting tight end) taking over behind center. Ramacher scored the game's first touchdown on a 1-yard quarterback sneak.

Ramacher's mother, Tracy, is battling brain cancer and began chemotherapy treatment last Monday.

"I think the highlight of the game was the first touchdown, and I wasn't even on the field," said Walsh. "(Dominic) scored and my dad gave him a pen right afterward, and he signed it and took it to his mom. It was pretty special."

Walsh said his highlight was a 10-yard touchdown pass to Quint Gardener on the final play of the third quarter to give the Wildcats a 42-7 lead.

"There was one pass that I was extremely proud of. I threw a simple corner route … and he turned them around and caught it for a touchdown. That was the best throw of the night but there were a lot of highlights last night for us as a team," said Walsh.

"I don't think I'll forget anything about last night because it is the last first game of my high school career that I'll ever have, and it's one I'll never forget because of everything involved. It was a special night altogether with the way everybody played.

"I know we'll have better games and we'll play better than we did last night but I don't think there will be a more special night just because of the way we all came together. We just had a lot of fun last night," Walsh added.

The future Oklahoma State quarterback says he still has plenty of room for improvement as the Wildcats prepare to face Cedar Hill on Sept. 6 (Labor Day) in the Kirk Herbstreit Classic at Cowboys Stadium.

"I just think getting better as a whole quarterback. There were a lot of things … me and the center fumbled a snap and then I overthrew a receiver a couple of times. There were times when we looked really good and there were times when we looked really sloppy. I don't think we can be beat if we get rid of all the sloppiness," said Walsh, who said that he will not attend Oklahoma State's season opener against Washington State but plans to make it to Stillwater when the Cowboys host Texas A&M on Sept. 30.

NOTE: Jimmy Bean, Walsh's Denton Guyer teammate and also an Oklahoma State commit, performed well in the season opening victory, said Walsh. "He did really well. I didn't get a chance to watch him that much but I know he played really good. I know our defensive line coach was talking about how good he played today."

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