The Layton boys soccer team created a buzz by going all the way to the Class 5A title game after entering the postseason with a sub-.500 win-loss record only four years ago.
It is possible for that kind of excitement to wear off in a relative short period of time though. But Lancers coach Rick Talamantez said that this year's group, led by the likes of youthful and talented forward Davis Walker, has reinvigorated him.
"These guys brought the passion for coaching back," Talamantez said.
For Walker, the experience that his coach brings to the table tends to bring the word "way" into his vernacular.
"He's a way good coach," Walker said. "He makes us work really hard. I like it."
Layton lost a tough 1-0 contest to region-leader Weber last week, but that was only the second loss of the season for the Lancers, who entered the week 5-2-1 this season.
Walker has played a big role in that. He has scored nine goals in those eight games to start the season.
"He can give-and-go or he'll turn on his defender," said Talamantez, who lists unselfishness as one of the sophomore's strongest characteristics. "His physicality, drive to be the best player out there. But he also has the drive to make his teammates look better."
The Walker family has a long tradition of contributing to the Layton soccer team. Davis' older brothers Grant and Jameson were Lancers as well.
"They were just fantastic kids," Talamantez said. "Hard-nosed, tough individuals."
As for this year's team, junior Logan Day is Davis Walker's main running mate at the forward position, while seniors Jordan Steed and Cooper Hazen, as well as senior keeper Scott Sweeten, are integral to the Layton defensive effort.
Walker, who has aspirations to play at BYU in the long run, is thinking about a long run in the playoffs in the short term.
"Our coach thinks we have the potential to go all the way, so that's what we're shooting for," Walker said.