When Boonville senior Damario Walker signed the dotted line last week at the media center at Boonville High School, he knew that Lincoln University in Jefferson City was the right place for him.
Although Walker also got looks from Emporia State, Missouri Valley and Central Methodist, he said the Blue Tigers have great plans set up for him on the field.
“It just felt right,” Walker said.
While starting two years at cornerback and one year at receiver, Walker definitely left a lasting impression while completing his only pass for 38 yards, rushing for 271 yards on 34 carries and two touchdowns and hauling in 34 passes for 515 yards and three scores. Meanwhile, on the defensive side of the ball, Walker finished the season with 29 solo stops and 20 assisted tackles for a total of 49. He also had four interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Boonville Pirates football coach Devin Brown said Walker did everything for the Pirates.
“He punted at the beginning of the year for us and then we took him out of that for a while,” Brown said. “He returned kicks, punts, played quarterback, running and wide receiver and then on defense he was one of our cover guys. The only thing he didn’t play was the offensive and defensive line. When you have somebody that is that versatile it makes it fun for me to game plan because I like to put him in different spots.
“The one thing that he has done, especially since last year to this year is take over as one of the leaders of the team. When you are a junior sometimes you sit back and let the seniors do their thing, but then this year he had to step up and lead. He would get guys to practice and make sure they were there. He helped run practice and when you see guys involved like that that is what is so great.”
Walker also reaped post-season honors for his play on the field. While earning second-team all-conference at defensive back as a junior, Walker came back the following year to receive both all-conference and all-district first team as a wide receiver and defensive back. The Missouri High School Football Coaches Association also named Walker as a second team all-state selection at defensive back and a third team pick at wide receiver.
While the Blue Tigers will look at Walker at defensive back, he said his goals for the short term are to hit the weights and get his weight up.
“Figuring out my major and sticking to it are also important for the short term,” Walker said. “As far as my long term goals I want to win a championship and receive my degree.”
Page 2 of 2 - As far as the highlight of his career, Walker said winning the conference and district championship as a junior was a great thing to be a part of.
Walker also felt the final game of his career against Centralia was probably his best game of the season because in that game he had seven catches for 118 yards and one touchdown.
Walker also had plenty of influences throughout his career. As a two-sport athlete at Boonville High School, Walker said his family and teammates gave him so much support throughout the year.