This week Valor Christian, will take on Ralston Valley is a matchup of 9-2 teams. Valor, as they often do, are peaking at the right time having won seven straight game, including last week’s victory over Chaparral 47-3.
One of the keys to Valor’s run has been the play of senior wideout Ben Waters. The 6-1 205 pounder has 40 receptions this season, averaging nearly 20 yards a catch. Further, Waters is leading the Eagles in touchdown receptions with 12. Colleges have taken notice as Waters holds offers from Northern Colorado, Air Force, Colorado School of Mines and the University of Sioux Falls.
Waters is excited about playoffs stating, “It has been fun, this is the time of year you want to be playing well and I’m glad we are doing so.” Looking at his season and breaking down his play thus far Waters says, “I think I have improved my overall football awareness. Going into the season some silly mistakes were made on my part but as the season has gone on I feel like I am more comfortable with the game and how to play it depending on certain circumstances.”
There is no lack of talent on the Valor squad especially at receiver as highly touted junior quarterback Dylan McCaffrey gets to work with not only Waters, but also Booker Schelhaas, Cole Baker and youngster Joshia Davis. Waters singles out the play of fellow senior Cole Baker saying, “He has done a great job, especially throughout the playoffs. He has been super reliable and a big playmaker for us when it is needed.
Waters, with his two college offers, has options but he says “recruiting has slowed down a little” but he goes on to say, “I trust it will pick up again post-season.” Waters, at 6-1, has good size, further, Waters has surprising speed and the ability to take a short pass for a long gain. Most importantly Waters is used to win and knows what it takes to play consistently at a high level, traits college programs will cherish.