Walton overcomes injuries to take down Woodstock
by William Bretherton
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September 22, 2012 03:09 AM | 4942 views | 12 12 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodstock at Walton

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MARIETTA — With both star running back Tyren Jones and quarterback Parker McLeod hampered by injury Friday night, Walton was able to continue on without them and earn a win in its first home game of the season.

Walton defeated Woodstock 24-7 at Raider Valley on the strength of its defense and Jones’ effort to brave through his injury.

“We made some mistakes, but any time you come out and your starting quarterback is out — you know, you’ve got two Alabama commits that are sitting on the sidelines — and you come out and win,” Walton coach Rocky Hidalgo said. “I’m proud of our kids. I feel like we improved on defense. Everything

wasn’t perfect (Friday) night, but I feel like we took a step in the right direction. It just is what it is.

“We’re a work in progress. We got better from last week, and hopefully next Friday night, we’ll make some more strides.”

Even with a black cast on his left hand, Jones carried the ball 26 times for 132 yards and a touchdown. He played through much of the first half, but sat out most of the second half.

“I’m a little banged up,” Jones said. “I hurt my hand, but I’m going to be all right. Last week, I dislocated my wrist and have a little fracture in it, but like I said, I’m cleared. I just had to wrap it up and I’ve got a cast. It’ll be all right.

“I told them I could play if they needed me. We started off (the game), then I hit my funny bone (on a play) and burst my sac and it messed with the nerves. But, other than that, I was a team player (Friday) and I did pretty (well).”

When asked if he had considered not playing Friday, Jones said: “Naw, towards the end, I was trying to get back in, but coach was like, ‘You’re a tough player, but we’re good. Just sit down.’ It was about midway through the third quarter. It was the head coach’s (call) I guess. And I tried to get in and put some more points up, but they just told me I’m good.”

Along with the injury to Jones, Walton had to deal with playing without starting quarterback Parker McLeod. Although McLeod dressed out for the game, he had a boot on his right foot and could not play.

“(McLeod) has a really severe sprain on his ankle,” Hidalgo said. “He played all last week with it, and it’s one of those that if we don’t give him some rest, then it could him all year. So, we’re going to try to rest him this week, evaluate him Monday and see if he will be available next week.”

Still, it seemed that Walton’s passing game was able to continue on without McLeod. Backup quarterback Price Wilson got his first career start, and finished the game

13-for-18 with 141 yards passing, and his first career touchdown pass.

“I’m proud of the way Price came out and played,” Hidalgo said. “He’s a very capable kid and a very good quarterback. He’s better than 90 percent of what people out there are playing with. I knew that he would come out and do great, and that’s why we made the decision to sit Parker (on Friday.).”

Although somewhat overshadowed by the news of Jones and McLeod’s respective injuries, the defense was much improved this week against a struggling Woodstock offense. The Wolverines finished with just 59 yards of total offense, and Walton’s D.J. Smith and Justice Bailey each finished with an interception.

“I was real proud of the way our defense played (Friday),” Hidalgo said. “I thought that we played hard, and I think we played good assignment football. I think they popped one (play), but we kind of gathered ourselves. All in all, we did some good things on defense. We’re going to go back and watch the film, and hopefully, improve from this point.”
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Caseycaylor
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September 22, 2012
Price Wilson stepped up in the absences of Parker McLeod. Price looked great for his first start, but he needs to work on the long pass. Henry Rowling had a great game as well, especially when making a crucial tackle that resulted in holding Woodstock from making a late score. Great game.
Obvious
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September 24, 2012
Price is so much better than Parker but don't hold your breath waiting for that change to happen.

Players know.
obviouslyamoron
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September 24, 2012
Captain Obvious, you are a funny person. You need to immediately apply for a coaching job because you obviously know more then the Walton coaches and Nick Saban. Have you heard of Nick Saban? He's a pretty respected coach at Alabama. He's pretty successful, too. You need to tell him right away that he doesn't know what he's talking about. Here's an interesting tidbit for you. Price also threw for Nick Saban and he didn't offer him a college scholarship. He offered Parker McLeod during his junior year. In fact he wants him so badly he asked him to join the team in January, not next summer or fall. You need to hurry and go to Walton and you and Coach Hidalgo need to drive to Tuscaloosa and tell Nick he's a moron. Let us know how that turns out for you.
More Obvious
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September 25, 2012
They need someone to hold a clip board that soon? Wow!

Maybe the deal to get Tyren didn't extend to 2014 players.
meetmeonsigningday
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September 26, 2012
'More Obvious', you're dumber then I gave you credit for. You really think that Nick Saban offered McLeod to hang onto Jones? That confirms how little you do know about this program. Where else do you think Jones would go? To a school and team that isn't #1 in the country? Why don't you and I meet at the 50 yard line at Walton on Signing Day so I can give you an I told you so. I'm sure you won't be there because it's OBVIOUS you're a bullying coward who resorts to criticizing 17 year olds and it's OBVIOUS you're a relative of the back up.
WHSGRAD
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September 22, 2012
Woodstock better get it together or that head coach is gonna be gone next year. they might as well get rid of the OC he is horrible, inconsistent and has no sense on how to call a game. he needs to be let go today cause they wing t isnt working, the read option slash pistol last year didnt work. Time to Get rid of them all
casual observer
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September 22, 2012
This game was a lot closer than the score shows. Walton is one of the most undisciplined teams I've watched, but thanks to the refs, they only got about a third of the penalties on offense they deserved. They broke the huddle with 12 men almost 10 times and got called twice, the holding by the offensive linemen was very blatant as well as the late hits and blocking in the back. Walton has potential but not with these issue's.

Tyren hurt or not is dangerous but was kept under control by the Woodstock Defensive Line, possibly one of the best in the state. The line of scrimmage was controlled by the Woodstock D-Line consistantly driving the O-Line off the ball. Unfortunately for Woodstock, their secondary and Offense can't play at the same level, if they did this would have been another game.

Good job by all who played
waltonfan
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September 23, 2012
You've got to be kidding.
waltonfan
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September 25, 2012
You do realize Woodstock was held to 58 total yards? And that includes a 65 yd run by Jean Boereau that set up that great TD catch by Addison Bass in the back of the end zone in the 1st quarter. After that 4 play, 74 yd drive, the young Walton defense took over the game. Hopefully they will continue to get better defensively this week and carry some momentum into the Frank in two Fridays.
waltonfan
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September 22, 2012
I'm always happy to see younger players get an opportunity and do well. In particular, soph LB Imani Parker was very good, soph OL Eric Smith threw a key block on a TD run, and soph DB Taquar Stewart was solid as well. The contributions from the junior class were too numerous to name.
casual obserber
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September 24, 2012
Not kidding at all, Walton's issue's are mostly the penalty's. If they get to the playoffs and get into a well called game, they will beat themselves. They have a ton of talent but yet play a very undisciplined style ball.

If you were discussing the control of the line of scrimmage then you are wrong also. Woodstock had them controlled the whole time and that needs to be addressed by Walton. I'm a fan but they cannot give up that control and win the big games just like against North Cobb(who also controlled the line of scrimmage).

I feel Woodstock may be fine next year as they have mostly juniors starting this year and that may not be good for Walton when they graduate their studs this year.
Observe WHAT?
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September 24, 2012
Woodstock has many issues this season. It is not always the X's and O's it's the Jimmy's and the Joe's. Walton will reload like they always have! I am not sure what Alabama sees in Parker. Price will continue to stand out when given a chance. If not this year, Price will have a great senior year.
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