"I bring heart and tenacity"
Arriving from Florida to a state championship program, Dutch Fork defensive lineman Travis Batts learned right away what was expected and demanded of him as a Silver Fox.
“They told me when I 1st got here that they were a winning team and that they worked hard and that as long I bought in and put in the work that I would be a great asset and great fit.”
Batts more than listened and his play helped Dutch Fork achieve their goal of a “5-peat”. He was the major contributor on an undefeated Silver Foxes’ squad that held opponents to 9.4 points per game, 215 total yards per game and posted 3 shutouts.
"Travis was a fierce competitor and he bought in from day 1 that our goal was to win the state championship," Dutch Fork head coach Tom Knotts said. "He was a tremendous leader by example - loved to practice and compete. He was always full speed and was able to battle through a couple injuries. He and Edward Owusu gave us 2 great DEs to anchor our 3-4 defense. He is a definite FCS player."
Dutch Fork’s 3rd leading tackler with 55, the 6-3, 240-pound Batts had a team-best 12 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with 4 sacks.
“Talent-wise, I brought leadership,” Batts said. “I feel like I led the defense, especially in the playoffs. I feel like I was 1 of the main leaders in getting the defense riled up and making sure we were hitting and on our Qs and then, on the field, I was making plays. I’m a disruptor. I disrupt things on the field. I feel like that was my biggest asset to the team.”
On a team used to winning and runs like a smooth machine, Batts said his tenacity, intensity and heart was an added boost. It especially came in handy when Batts encouraged his teammates to fight through those rare times of adversity. He hopes to bring the same to any college team.