TULSA — Setting a record — any record — for success at a football program like Tulsa Union is a special feat.
Linebacker Blace Walser set three pretty impressive ones.
He concluded his four-year career as the school record holder for tackles in a game (21), season (164) and career (477). And his senior season performance as the foundation of the Redskin defense earned him a spot on The Oklahoman's All-State team.
But for all the things he accomplished in his career, individually and with his team, Walser's most enjoyable memory occurred in one of the first varsity games he ever played in.
“The memory that stands out the most is winning that fourth state championship, but my favorite memory is playing in the Backyard Bowl against Jenks as a freshman,” he said. “I got to play several games as a freshman, which was incredible for me. That helped build me and mold me to be able to accomplish what I did over the rest of my career.”
After losing a district game for the first time since most of their players were in elementary school, Union went through a period of being doubted. But in the end, the Redskins hoisted the gold ball for a fourth straight time — and that doubt was turned to fuel for the players.