"That was my first time on the Georgia Dome turf", says Walden, "the experience was awsome."
The Jackets lost in the state final to Thomson the following week. It's a loss that motivates Walden and TCCHS for a repeat appearance in 2003.
"We need guys to step up", says Walden, "Guys we didn't think would be starters this year will have to step up and fill the roles."
Last season Walden snuck up on the Peach State. No one expected him to lead the Jackets to the title game. This season, the expectations are great, expectations Walden plans on meeting.
"He's a great athlete", says TCCHS Head Coach Ed Pilcher, "We need guys like him, guys who play their roles. If all that happens, we could be a very good football team."
For Walden to make his mark as one of the greats at TCCHS, all he has to is win on Friday night. It's a game bigger than the playoffs, it's the annual Rose City Classic, Thomasville at TCCHS, Friday night at 8:00.