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Walhalla’s Middleton passed his way to Player of the Year honors

WALHALLA –– With little doubt, there was no one more valuable to their team in the Golden Corner this season than Walhalla High School’s Rob Middleton.

The junior quarterback passed for a single-season school record 2,777 yards, along with 27 touchdowns, as he nearly guided the Razorbacks to a playoff appearance with an outstanding performance in the team’s final game against Palmetto.

In that game, he threw a Class-AA record 33 completions and also set the single-game Walhalla passing record with 508 yards in the game. The completion record was tied for second best at any level in South Carolina history, and he also holds the Walhalla career record for passing yards with 4,970 yards.

With those records in tow, and another year ahead to keep rewriting history, Middleton has been honored as the 2007 Daily Journal/Daily Messenger Golden Corner Player of the Year.

Middleton has been a leader for the Razorbacks since the midway point of his freshman season, and can always be found on the sideline encouraging his teammates. And with the close bond he shares with the rest of his team, it’s no surprise that Middleton thought of them immediately when told of his award.

“I wish we could have gotten more wins this year, but it’s a great honor now that the season’s over,” he said. “We worked hard all summer and during the season, and it’s nice to see it pay off a little bit. I couldn’t have done it without my receivers and the line. If I deserve any credit, they deserve just as much”.

Walhalla head coach John Boggs echoed those sentiments, and said whenever individual awards are handed out, it’s cause for the entire team to celebrate as well.

“It’s a great individual honor for him, but it’s also a good honor for our team,” Boggs said. “Anytime we get individual awards, we feel like it couldn’t be done without the rest of the team. I think his whole team will celebrate with him when they find out he got the award.”

Boggs went onto say that Middleton is the most talented athlete he has overseen during his career, and he’s practically a coach on the field for the Razors.

“When we’re calling a play, he’ll know exactly what I’m looking for without me saying anything to him,” Boggs said. “He’ll just nod his head and know what I’m thinking, or he’ll come to the sideline and call the play before I can ever get it out of my mouth. You kind of realize you’re thinking on the same page when that happens.”

Heading into his senior season, Middleton is already attracting the attention of a number of colleges. He has had made unofficial visits to Furman, Presbyterian, Duke, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech already, and has plans to attend summer camps at many of those same schools.

Boggs hopes to build Walhalla into a playoff team next year as he also helps prepare Middleton for football after his senior year.

“We need to get some meat on his bones and get him stronger,” Boggs said. “He does a good job running the ball, and we’d like to get him more involved in the running game. With what we do, that’d be an added dimension to the offense that could help. Obviously when you have a guy with that kind of experience and has been through it all, it’s something really good to look forward to.”

Middleton, also a star pitcher for the baseball team, is keeping those post-Walhalla options open. For now, all he wants is for the Razorbacks to assert themselves as one of the teams to beat in Skyline AA next season.

“We’re trying to prove a point to everyone we were better than they thought,” he said. “We did that a little bit, but if we had a better record that would have been a different story. Next year, we want to come out on top and stay hot the whole year.”

If Middleton keeps up the pace, he should have no problem helping the Razors do just that.