Walton to face Milton, represent Cobb County football on ESPNU
by Emily Horos
ehoros@mdjonline.com
October 25, 2012 11:57 PM | 4681 views | 5 5 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
09-14-12 --walton at north cobb 07-- Walton's Tyren Jones (1) scores a touchdown against North Cobb. STAFF/EMILY BARNES
09-14-12 --walton at north cobb 07-- Walton's Tyren Jones (1) scores a touchdown against North Cobb. STAFF/EMILY BARNES
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It’s the height of football season, and if you ask that players at Walton what’s on television tonight, they might have to think for a minute.

This shouldn’t be surprising considering that television schedules are far from a player’s mind when they hit the field, but under the circumstances it would be hard to fault the Raiders for knowing what will be on ESPNU Friday at 9 p.m. — after all, it will be them.

Walton gets a primetime kickoff against Milton, and while it won’t be the first time the Raiders have played a televised game, it will be the first time a national broadcast has been made from Raider Valley.

Walton coach Rocky Hidalgo said it has taken a lot of paperwork and facility preparation, the players haven’t been fazed.

“To be honest, I don’t care about the broadcast. Our kids don’t care about our broadcast,” said Hidalgo. “It’s about winning the game. At practice, no one even mentioned ESPN. We are just thinking about trying to beat Milton.”

Beating Milton could prove difficult on any night. The Eagles (5-2, 3-1 Region 5AAAAAA) challenged Lassiter just a week ago after stringing together four straight victories — each with a margin of two touchdowns or more.

Milton’s dynamic offense, which averages 37.7 points per game, is fueled by running backs Peyton Barber, a Mississippi commitment, and Treyvon Paulk, who has offers from Kentucky, Vanderbilt and South Florida. Between the two, they are rushing for more than 200 combined yards per game.

Walton will also have to worry about the Eagles’ Carl Lawson, a 6-foot-2, 253-pound speed-rusher who has committed to Auburn.

Meanwhile, the Raiders have been trying to patch holes all over the field.

The Walton offensive line has been sluggish and the squad has had to overcome injuries to starting quarterback Parker McLeod, an Alabama commitment, two offensive linemen and three starters on defense.

Thus far, the offensive load has been carried by running back Tyren Jones, another member of the Crimson Tide‘s recruiting class of 2013, who leads the county in rushing with 1547 yards and 15 touchdowns. No other member of the Raiders has accounted for more than three scores.

“We are going to play with the healthy guys,” Hidalgo said. “Our guys will play hard and hopefully we can win.”

A win tonight would go a long way in the Region 5AAAAAA standings. Walton, Milton and Etowah sit with identical 3-1 records in region play. Lassiter (4-0) sits atop the standings and both the Raiders and Eagles can thank the Trojans for their only region losses.

That makes a win tonight mean even more. The victor will have the inside track to earning the No. 2 seed and a first round playoff game at home.

And when it comes time to kick off, the cameras and announcers will still be there.

“It’s neat to have, but really you have got to keep it all in perspective,” said Hidalgo. “It’s still the same game. We’ve played on television a bunch. We have to be able to handle that and hopefully we can.”
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Also in East Cobb
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October 26, 2012
So tired of seeing Walton featured! REALLY a full page of Tyren? Last time I checked he was part of a team, and I'm not sure the Raiders deserve the attention this year...not their best season!
Raider 4 Life
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October 26, 2012
This game should be called "LOSER PLAYS GRAYSON"

jealousmuch
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October 26, 2012
To 'Also in East Cobb', it must really suck to be a jerk. For the record, Walton was asked during the summer to be on ESPNU against Milton. It was a very exciting invitation that 2 Georgia teams would be profiled, especially a Cobb County team. My friends and I support Cobb County football, not just one team.

Tyren is part of a team but he is a special player and deserves all of the accolades he's given and that includes the very nice cover that the MDJ devoted to this game. Afterall, the game they were invited to play in happens to be tonight. (thus, the cover story)

The Raiders are 5-2 in spite of a host of injuries befallen on the team. They're playing quite a few sophomores and are hanging in there.

It sounds to me like you are probably a Lassiter fan. You should be happy that Walton is getting this recognition as they represent COBB, not just the state of Georgia. If you and your Trojans had beat them during the semi finals last year while trailing by 6 with 1st and goal and just under 2 minutes to play, then perhaps your game last week against Milton would've been the one chosen. Just keep hanging in there. The Trojan team and the 5 transfers are having a wonderful season and everyone is happy for you. Have a nice weekend!
getalife11
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October 27, 2012
@Also in East Cobb: You are doing yourself a disservice thinking so negatively. Try to think positive. You will be surprised at how much better you feel about life in general. It's not too late to change. C'mon! You can do it! I'm pulling for you. God loves you.

@jelousmuch
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October 28, 2012
You might want to get your facts straight before you just start saying false information. Originally the Walton Lassiter game was going to be on ESPNU however, Walton wanted to have it be played at Raider Valley thus it being changed to Milton and Walton. Also to assume that the "Also in East Cobb" is a Lassiter fan is pretty bitter. Even though you "claim" to be a fan of Cobb Country Football, that would just be like me assuming you were a Walton fan for making that statement. They were simply stating that Walton gets a very heavy amount of media attention and back up from the press, which one could argue to be true.
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