By Christian Favalora, Owasso Reporter

The golden helmet under Riley Walker’s right arm was adorned with a chrome facemask.

And under Wednesday’s powdery blue skies, it flickered a little as he stood patiently along the fence.

A year ago, Walker was growing as quickly as the weeds around Rejoice Christian’s patchy practice field on 86th Street. And if he walked in deep enough to retrieve a wandering football, he might have even been indistinguishable from all the overgrowth. Read the full story on