Walton makes return in time for postseason push


Franky Walsh

Walton lines up in his return to action under the Friday night lights of Crawford Stadium in Lansdale, PA.

TOWAMENCIN – Senior captain Seth Walton made his return under the lights just in time for one of the most exciting nights of high school football. After a frustrating injury, Walton made a comeback following months of a laborious recovery. 

In June, Walton was playing in a North Penn non-contact 7v7 game against Wilson. When he least expected a tackle, one of Wilson’s players came out of nowhere and brought him to the ground. It took him a second before the pain came rushing in to realize he had just landed on his shoulder. When the trainers assessed him, they thought it was just dislocated but when he went to urgent care he got the news that it was much worse. Walton cracked part of his collarbone and dislocated his shoulder as well. 

“It was terrible since it was right at the beginning of the season. Sitting out is just not fun in general but especially when it’s your senior year and it means 10 times more than anything to be able to go out and play with your teammates who you have been growing up with,” Walton explained.

This injury came just days after Walton’s spring baseball season ended in the PIAA state semi-finals, and just as his summer season was about to begin. Walton’s injury caused him to miss out on the entire summer season on the baseball diamond. 

Although Walton was contained to the sidelines, he had to find ways to still be a leader and represent his team. 

“Instead of being a role model while playing it more made me be a role model on the sidelines, I kind of took on more of a coaching position rather than leading on the field. I was trying to help the younger kids and give them more help in different positions,” Walton stated.

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Walton did everything he could to stay active and in shape while he was injured. When his team was in the weight room he was at physical therapy or was doing lower body workouts pushing himself as much as he could.

“I realized that high school goes way too fast. I lost over half my season just because of one little thing. It’s not only just my football season that I lost, my injury also made me lose my baseball season. It made me lose practicing and where I was athletically, ” Walton said.

Three months later Seth Walton returns onto the field for the Homecoming football game. “It was the best feeling in the world actually being able to come back and play,” he explained.  “I’m ecstatic to be back.” 

On Friday the Knights defeated CB East 28-21,  keeping their winning streak alive, now putting the team at 9-0 and ranked second in the PIAA District 1 6A Football standings. Next up for the Knights is an away game this Friday against Central Bucks South. 

Walton continues on his road back to where he was before and strives to be an even better player than he was previously. 

 “I am trying to put everything I have onto the field. I want to play harder, and I want to be on the field even more than I did before,” Walton reflected.