Walton signs with Royals

LAKE PLACID - Robert Walton played quarterback for only 2 1/2 years for Lake Placid, but the Green Dragon senior signal-caller made the most of his opportunity with his arm and his legs.

Walton's versatility didn't go unnoticed as he signed to play football at Warner University in the fall on Wednesday.

"It means a lot to play football at Warner University," Walton said. "To be able to continue to play football and get a quality education was my goal and to accomplish that is awesome."

Warner University is an NAIA school located in Babson Park and the Royals are in the second year of building a football program.

Walton, who had offers from schools in Massachusetts, Michigan and Ohio, was content to stay close to home.

"I had several other offers, but I wanted to stay closer to home," Walton said. "The location was key because I'm close enough that I can go home when I want and my family will be able to watch me play.

"I know I need to get bigger, faster and stronger and work on my passing mechanics to be successful in college."

Walton, at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, threw for 559 yards and two touchdowns last season for the Green Dragons.

"Robert has a great work ethic," said Lake Placid football coach Jason Holden. "He has a strong arm, is deceptively fast and used his legs to keep plays alive. I think Warner University is a good fit for Robert and staying close to home was vital because he's close to his family."

The Royals run a read-option offense, which Walton had some experience with at Lake Placid.

"We flirted with different types of read-option offenses and Robert did a good job of picking them up," Holden said. "He works hard, was a team leader and to make the improvements he did in only two years is amazing."

Warner University is an independent and the Royals struggled in their first year of competition with a 1-10 record.

Walton is hoping to help turn the football program into a winner in his time on the gridiron.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to play quarterback for Warner and I'm going to try and do my best to learn the offense and impress the coaches," the Green Dragon senior said. "I want to win a title and I can't wait to get started."

Seeing their son taking the next step in his football career was a proud moment for his family.

"To play football in college was Robert's goal and we're very proud that he was able to accomplish that," said has father, Herman. "We like his choice of Warner and we're glad he's not far from home."

Walton plans on taking advantage of getting a quality education.

"I'm going to major in psychology and minor in communications," the senior said. "I'm going to work hard in the classroom and on the field to be successful."