Raiders fall back in region standings
by Greg Oshust
MDJ Sports Writer
October 26, 2013 02:08 AM | 2605 views | 21 21 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walton K.K. Brooks rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown in Friday’s Region 5AAAAAA game — a 28-21 setback for the Raiders.
Walton K.K. Brooks rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown in Friday’s Region 5AAAAAA game — a 28-21 setback for the Raiders.
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MILTON — Walton fell out of its share of the Region 5AAAAAA lead Friday, losing 35-28 at Milton.

Leading 21-13 in the third quarter, the Raiders saw that advantage disappear as two touchdown runs by Chad Toliver clinched the win for the Eagles.

“We can’t make stupid mistakes, and we have to go out and execute,” Walton coach Rocky Hidalgo said. “That’s been the story the entire season, and that’s the story now. We got a lot of opportunities to go out and put this one away, to win this football game, and we didn’t take advantage of them.”

With the loss, Walton (4-4, 3-2) fell into a tie for third in the region with Milton (6-2, 3-2) and Cherokee. It also ended the Raiders’ 13-game winning streak against the Eagles, which began in 1995.

Playing a key role in the win for Milton was Toliver, who rushed for 180 yards on 23 carries and two second-half touchdowns, as well as scoring on a 99-yard kickoff return in the first half.

K.K Brooks rushed for 117 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown to lead the Raiders.

Walton led 14-13 at halftime and increased its lead to 21-13 on Price Wilson’s 11-yard pass to Davis Pidgeon with 5:57 remaining in the third quarter.

Milton came right back on the next offensive series as Toliver’s 21-yard touchdown run and a 2-point conversion pass from Austin McLeod to Zack Spiezio tied the game at 21 with 1:43 left in the third quarter.

After Walton went three-and-out on its next series, Milton began the ensuing series on the Raiders’ 49 and proceeded to take five plays to score, with Toliver’s 6-yard touchdown run and Jordan Genovese’s kick giving Milton what proved to be the winning margin with 10:34 remaining in the game.

Walton scored on the first series of the game, as Wilson’s 49-yard pass to Chad Clay moved the ball to the Milton 27 with 10:56 remaining in the first quarter. Wilson then scored on a 14-yard keeper five plays later.

Milton struck back immediately, however, with Toliver’s 99-yard kickoff return evening the score at 7-all with 8:08 left.

The Eagles then added a pair of field goals by Genovese to build a 13-7 advantage.

Walton erased Milton’s lead — temporarily as it turned out — when Brooks scored on a 10-yard run with 50 seconds left in the first half, for a 14-13 lead following Christian Lucas’ kick.

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anonymous
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November 09, 2013
To Cobb Football Guy

Well, Walton dominated both Etowah and Roswell....so what were you saying about the Raiders not making the playoffs with both of those teams left on their schedule?

Proof that TALK is VERY CHEAP!

Way to show the naysayers on the field, BOYS IN BLUE!!!
EastCobb
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November 07, 2013
Greyhound Fan!!

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!! Yes, even with a Lassiter RB, Walton lost BIG TIME in the state championship game in 2011!! My point exactly. But the original comment was that Walton was mediocre without a Lassiter transfer tailback!! I don't think Walton scored any points in that game...and that includes the TB.

Football is a team sport...not an individual one
M. Jackson
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October 30, 2013
underarock

Wow! Don't even know where to start with you! Clearly you are, under a rock, because you didn't pay attention to my response or what I was responding to.

My response was to "East Cobb" and his/her statement to keep in mind that "all the players belong to loving parents, when bashing their efforts on the field". My response was my experience of Walton's "loving parents".

I never said that parents harassing coaches was limited to Walton or high school.

Don't know how many towns or states you have lived in, but it DOES NOT happen in every town in every state.

If it makes you feel better to attack me personally, that really doesn't bother me. "You must not have much experience coaching if you only lasted four months at one school." Leaving was my choice. I had many great parents calling and begging me to come back. I love working with kids and they could have offered me a million dollars-it just wasn't worth the headache.

I never said I was an expert, I only said what my experience was.

You contradicted yourself several times which only serves to negate whatever point you're trying to make.

Not sure why you brought up "Director's Cup". To me that's just another bogus attempt of schools trying to make themselves look good on paper (or the Internet) like "Blue Ribbon School " or "National School of Excellence"

Personally, I'd rather BE good than just look good.

P.S. I have no doubt that you are one or two of that handful
Special Exemption
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October 30, 2013
Is it true that the "better players" at Walton don't have to pay player dues or volunteer except for coaching their player during the game?
Right!
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October 29, 2013
holdagrudge

Thanks for the laughs! Walton should have killed Lassiter based on the first half of the game...unfortunately the team went out for pizza at half time and didn't come back.

Lassiter didn't need an "additional quarterback" this year. That was thrust upon the team. If the real QB had been in the game, Walton would have been toast from the first kick off - pizza or no pizza!
M. Jackson
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October 29, 2013
"coachwho"-

Obviously I prefer not to use my real name, just as I'm sure "coachwho" is not your real name.

I don't see how it matters what my real name is or what sport I "coached". (Pretty sure I understand your meaning behind putting coach in quotation marks.)

I was the coach of a varsity sport at Walton high school and that was my experience.

I was also an outstanding athlete in high school and probably would have disowned my parents if they ever called my coach!

The tone of your comment only reinforces my original statement.
underarock
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October 30, 2013
M. Jackson, I'm a West Cobb parent and we have had parents calling, texting, e-mailing, threatening and harassing coaches since the kids were 5 years old. Do you really think it's just a problem at Walton? It begins in rec ball and goes into high school. It happens in every town in every state. Don't you ever watch the news? You must not have much experience coaching if you only lasted 4 months at one school and are using that to pretend you're an expert. We admire Walton and how they represent Cobb County in the battle for the Director's Cup each year so they must be doing something right. I'm sure no one at that school misses you and your expertise. Like you, I would've disowned my parents, too, if they ever called a coach. Sadly, it has been going on for years and will always be an issue. Every program will always have a handful of parents who are crazy.
East Cobb
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October 28, 2013
I think the Raiders are just fine as is with their current young team. Until they lost on Friday, they had a share of the lead in the region.

I do believe the 'Lassiter running back' left Lassiter after his sophomore year and joined a Raider football team that had 17 returning seniors in 2011. (And that team beat Lassiter twice...in that one seasons)

Keep in mind that all the players belong to loving parents, when bashing their efforts on the field.
M. Jackson
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October 28, 2013
I coached at Walton many years ago and got to experience those "loving parents". It was the longest four months of my life! Couldn't believe the number of phone calls I received daily on my home phone from parents. Complaints even after the season was over. Never been in the presence of such indulgent people!

Maybe some day someone will get some balls and stop all this "moving in" and "transferring", kids will learn some discipline and how to work hard and figure out for themselves how to make things work instead of mommy and daddy making life even easier for them than it already is!
Greyhound Fan
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October 29, 2013
You are correct. They beat Lassiter twice that season then choked against Grayson with 17 seniors and a RB transfer.
coachwho
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October 29, 2013
M. Jackson, what sport did you 'coach'? There has never been a coach on the high school staff with the last name of Jackson.
Greyhound Fan
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October 27, 2013
I don't think Walton will make the playoffs this year. I really wish Walton would stop avoiding Pope. What are you Raiders afraid of?
Cobb Football Guy
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October 28, 2013
I could see Walton missing playoffs with Etowah and Roswell left on the schedule.
EastCobb
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October 28, 2013
Afraid of Pope?

It's not a matter of fear.........simply a matter of school population. Pope currently competes in Region 7 in the AAAAA classification. Walton competes in 5AAAAAA.

Serious Comment Only
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October 28, 2013
Greyhound Fan,

We all enjoy humor and I hope that is what you are trying to accomplish with your comments. Or maybe you're thinking about a different sport. If not, then please post only serious comments. Pope couldn't compete their way out of a paper bag in football. They're struggling in an incredibly weak region in AAAAA. Best players are defecting and team was dusted by AAAAAA competition this year. Stick to wrestling, baseball and girls volleyball (which can't compete with Walton either).
FYI SCO
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October 29, 2013
Pope won the last meeting between Pope and Walton.
Bill Murtock
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October 26, 2013
Wow. Walton sure is an average team without a Lassiter Running Back.
holdagrudge
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October 27, 2013
Wow, the Lassiter 'Transfers' are nothing without their SEVEN move-ins. Walton got ONE and that was Spring of 2011. Can't you come up with something a little more current or do you really hold a grudge for that long?
Bill Murtock
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October 28, 2013
No Grudge. Walton has a lot more than one transfer genius. I love watching Walton games where the players look to the stands before they listen to the coaches.

Here is something a little more current: Lassiter beat you two years in a row.
holdagrudge
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October 29, 2013
Greyhound Fan? I'll try and make this easy: Walton has 6 A' in their classification and Pope has 5. 6 is more then 5 so they're not in the same classification anymore. Walton schedules teams like Hillgrove, Peachtree Ridge and North Cobb for their non region games. Not Pope. Other sports may schedule each other such as volleyball. But you didn't beat Walton in that sport, either. You did beat Walton in girls softball so you have that going for you.

Bill, it's about time Lassiter beat Walton in football. However, it took 7 transfers last year and an additional quarterback this year to get the job done. Walton got a talented tailback by way of Wheeler and Lassiter in the spring of 2010. For some unknown reason, Lassiter didn't give him the ball so his family made the decision to move to a school district that did run the ball. The result was beating Lassiter twice in one season and going to the state championship and then earning a scholarship to the best college program in the country.

The difference between the 2 programs is that the back edged out one player who still got carries and became the pillar on defense for the Raiders, as well as team captain. From the barrage of posts on various blogs, things aren't all cookies and cream at Lassiter with all of the move ins.

Who are all the move ins at Walton? Walton has a player whose family moved before his freshman year and the dad went to Georgia Tech. Is that the family you have a problem with as I'm sure they chose a school with high academics and is also successful in athletics. Always in the top 5 in the Director's Cup. Should they have consulted with you before making this decision? There is nothing illegal about looking to the audience for your parents either before an athletic competition or a band performance so I'm not sure why you think that's a big deal. Happens every day.
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