Subscribe for 33¢ / day

GRIFFITH — Tayvien Walker was unimpressed with what he saw from himself the first week of the football season.

Against Michigan City, he felt his Griffith football teammates put out more of an effort than he did.

He spent the week before the Panthers faced Whiting for the first time since 1997 with an intensity his coaches hadn't seen yet.

"This week he had a focus we're not used to seeing," Griffith coach Ben Geffert said. "I pulled him aside and asked if everything was OK. He said he just wasn't happy with his performance and his focus in practice was great."

Walker ran 65 yards for a touchdown on his first carry, then 75 yards for a touchdown on his fifth carry. At that point, he had more than 100 yards, and the game was only in the second quarter.

"Last week I think I wasn't mentally focused, I was too laid back," Walker said. "This week, everything was 100 miles per hour and I was more focused on everything. I knew I had to step it up as a captain and do my job for my team."