LIBERTY -Sherron Walls, at 5-foot-7, 160-pounds, doesn't hesitate behind his offensive line. When the opportunity arises, the Liberty High School senior feature back takes advantage.
Friday, Walls went for 227 yards in the Leopards' victory over Salem, 21-17.
"Wherever I see daylight, that's where I explode," said Walls, this week's Tribune Chronicle Football Player of the Week. "Wherever the line gives me a hole, I explode through the hole. Wherever that's at, that's where I'll be."
Walls' focus is now on Niles. Friday, Liberty plays at Niles, which beat Girard handily in Week 1, 34-13.
"His mind has already switched to Week 2," Liberty coach Brian Jones said. "That's the best thing about him. After 24 hours, he switched his mind to Niles. That shows his maturity as a football player."
The Leopards will face one of the best and biggest lines in the area in the Red Dragons.
"They have a good line, but we have a good line, also," Walls said. "I'm not really worried. Our line will do their job and open up holes for me to get through. I think everything will work out for the best and that's what I hope for."
Walls hopes that with the focus on him, other players will get an opportunity to make big plays.
"Me getting holes will definitely open up holes for my teammates," Walls said.
Likewise, Jones don't want Walls to be the team's sole offensive threat.
"We feel pretty good where we are as an offense," Jones said. "We won't have to depend on him the whole time, at least we hope not, that we can get other people involved.
"Sherron is your leader and you have to go with your leader in big games."
Jones said Friday night's performance was a morale booster for Walls.
"What you saw Friday night is he was in a flow," Jones said. "We were trying to take what the defense gives him. It just happened that we called his number a whole lot of times."
Although the stats are nice, Walls is happy Liberty broke its 18-game losing streak Friday.
"We got a W," Walls said. "That's all the really matters. Forget the stats. We got the W in the charts. I'm very happy from going from a 0-10 season last year to 1-0 start. That feels really good."