Blake Malter didn’t get much of a chance to play in his first season at Huntingdon College but his role has changed this year and he’s enjoying the experience.
“It feels good to get a chance to play after working hard in the offseason,” said Malter, a former standout at Navarre. “I had a little bit of a rough patch earlier in the season but have been playing a lot the last few weeks.”
The season ended Saturday in a 43-23 second-round NCAA Division III playoff loss to Mary-Hardin Baylor. Malter caught his second career touchdown in the game and ends the year with 10 catches for 81 yards.
He scored his first touchdown in a 38-14 win over Maryville Nov. 7 that clinched the Hawks’ first- ever USA South Athletic Conference Championship.
“I had been waiting for that moment to score a touchdown,” Malter said. “It was awesome, especially because it came in the game we won the conference championship. It’s a moment I’ll never forget.”
The road to that success wasn’t easy. As a freshman, he had to deal with not playing after being one of the best players on his high school team.
“It was obviously a big adjustment,” Malter said. “But I worked hard and had an opportunity to play in a couple of junior varsity games to show what I could do. I ended up dressing for eight of the varsity games, and having that chance to practice with them helped me become a better player.”
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