National TV crowd watches Raiders put together commanding victory
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October 27, 2012 02:31 AM | 5976 views | 4 4 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Milton at Walton

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MARIETTA — Walton’s offense never got in gear Friday night, but it didn’t matter.

Taking advantage of a recovered fumble, two interceptions and a blocked punt, Walton had little trouble dispatching Milton 27-7 at Raider Valley in a Region 5AAAAAA game broadcast nationally on ESPNU.

Milton (5-3, 3-2) took an early 7-0 lead, scoring on a 1-yard run by Treyvon Paulk on its first possession. The eight-play drive fueled by running back Peyton Barber produced the Eagles’ only score of the night.

Walton (6-2, 4-1), which picked up just one first down on its first two possessions combined, got on the board a minute into the second quarter.

The Raiders’ defense forced Milton to punt from its own 42. The punt attempt was blocked by Walton’s Dreyon Williams and recovered by Blake Montz, who returned the ball 35 yards for a touchdown.

On the Eagles’ next possession, the Walton defense came through again. Kyle Whittaker’s fumble recovery set up a five-play drive that ended with D.J. Smith catching a 27-yard pass from Price Wilson for a touchdown with 7:13 left in the first half. The point-after attempt was wide and Walton led 13-7 going into the third quarter.

Montz and the Raider defense weren’t done for the night.

In the final minute of the third quarter, Montz’s one-handed interception and return to the Eagles’ 3-yard line set up a touchdown by Tyren Jones on the first play of the fourth quarter. Price’s pass to tight end Brad Green was good for the 2-point conversion and a 21-7 lead.

Anthony Price connected for a 47-yard field goal on the Raiders’ next possession.

On the ensuing kickoff Milton fumbled the ball and it was recovered by the Raiders’ Robert McCarthy on the 9-yard line. However, a series of penalties forced Walton to settle for a 42-yard field goal by Price.

The score could have been even more lopsided had Price not missed two long field-goal attempts — striking the right upright from 42 yards and the crossbar from 54 yards.

Walton’s offense amassed just nine first downs and 212 total yards. Jones led all rushers with 117 yards on 34 carries and one touchdown.

Wilson, continuing to start for the Raiders in place of injured quarterback Parker McLeod, was 5-for-8 passing for 84 yards and a touchdown.

The Raider defense held Milton to just 234 offensive yards, limiting star running back Barber to just 97 yards on 20 carries.

Quarterback A.J. Bush was 11-of-20 passing for 92 yards and two interceptions.
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Miss the Blaylocks
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October 31, 2012
I just watched the game. The stands were empty. What's the big deal? Walton is down compared to last year when they were loaded with talent. Why do some of these Walton people get so bent out of shape. Maybe the Raiders can prove they are good in the playoffs. Who knows?

The Raiders have given up 173 points so far this year(8 games). They only allowed 173 in fifteen games last year.

The Raiders have only scored over 30 points twice this year when last year they scored over 30 twelve times.
HS football fan
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October 28, 2012
Stands were NOT empty, though Raiders typically draw bigger crowds. Novelty of national tv coverage provided by ESPNU no doubt hurt the gate. Visitors stands were a little less populated as well. As for the seed, THIS number two seed is gaining momentum as it continues to heal. You would make a big mistake to under estimate this team in the playoffs. Do not be surprised if this sleeping giant awakes and shocks some very fine football teams as it moves through the brackets.
YAWN OUT LOUD
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October 27, 2012
The stands were empty. Guess people don't come out to watch a lack luster game for the two seed.
sosadforyou
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October 28, 2012
To Yawn, you sound like a sad and miserable person. Those that attended the game had a wonderful time and were proud of the fact that 2 Georgia high school programs were getting recognition. The game was a very late start (9:20 pm kickoff) for the elementary and middle school crowd that is usually there. We also were missing the huge base of fans that are UGA and Florida alumns because they were already in Jacksonville.

On a different note, the crowd that was in attendance learned the horrifying and tragic story of Milton's OL and strength coach, Mike Scott. The 36 year old married, father of a 3 and 6 year old, thought he had acid reflux 4 weeks ago and instead, was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. He has just days to live. Both schools united to pass donation buckets and sell wrist bands in his honor to raise money for the family. The Walton band holds a 50/50 raffle each game and the band keeps half and the winner of the drawing keeps half. The prize this week for the winner was more then $500. Without hesitation, he donated it to the family of Mike Scott.

So you can just keep on being a cranky curmudgeon and continue your sad attitude. We tend to look on the bright side and were happy for the opportunity to be a part of history. Have a nice day.
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