Davis ‘anchors’ Panthers’ defense

By Mark Oliver

A quarterfinals loss in last year’s Class 6A playoffs leaves Benton wanting more. In the highly-competitive 6A East conference, the Panthers are working to be the toughest team on the field every Friday night this fall.

“We had a great season last year by going undefeated in conference with big wins over Greenwood at home and Lake Hamilton for the title,” senior lineman Walker Davis said. “This season, my goals are to make All-State and to be recognized as one of the best offensive linemen in Arkansas. I put in extra time this offseason working on my footwork and technique.” 

A three-year starter at offensive line, Davis has earned All-Conference honors twice in his football career, while also leading Benton to back-to-back weight lifting championships.

“Walker is a great young man,” Benton Head Coach Brad Harris said. “He is very easy going, great to coach, and is always willing to help us with anything we ask. This season, our expectations for Walker are to be a leader and help develop our younger guys. He is a big anchor in the middle of our defense and will also play defensive line in situational spots throughout the season.”

One game at a time, Davis and the Panthers plan to outwork their opponents to not only repeat as conference champions, but to claim the Class 6A crown, too. 

“Dream big and work hard,” Davis said. “No dream is too big if you are willing to put in the work.”

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