Walton turns to ‘what we do’ in securing first win
by Greg Oshust
MDJ Sports Writer
September 14, 2013 02:35 AM | 4482 views | 19 19 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Even with his shoulder pads dislodged, Walton’s K.K. Brooks breaks into the open field during Friday’s game with North Cobb. Brooks established himself among the Raiders’ long line of highlight-making running backs, taking the ball for 214 yards and three touchdowns on nearly 40 carries.
<BR>Staff photo by Erin Gray
Even with his shoulder pads dislodged, Walton’s K.K. Brooks breaks into the open field during Friday’s game with North Cobb. Brooks established himself among the Raiders’ long line of highlight-making running backs, taking the ball for 214 yards and three touchdowns on nearly 40 carries.
Staff photo by Erin Gray
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MARIETTA — Walton returned to form Friday, getting its first victory with a 28-13 upset of fourth-ranked North Cobb in a non-region battle at Raider Valley.

The Raiders (1-2), who started the season with losses to Peachtree Ridge and Hillgrove, avoided their first 0-3 start since 1988 with the win.

“We did a lot of good things (Friday),” Walton coach Rocky Hidalgo said. “We still have a lot to work on. I’m proud of the way we played. We played with a sense of urgency. I think we played incredibly hard against a really good football team and as head football coach of the Walton Raiders, I’m really proud of my kids.”

Walton dominated North Cobb with a strong ground game as K.K. Brooks led the Raiders with 214 yards on 39 carries and three touchdowns.

“We made a decision that we were going to get back to Walton Raider football,” Hidalgo said. “That’s what we do. We line up, we run the football, we block people up front, we play great defense. We’ve put emphasis on that the last two weeks, and it showed (Friday).”

Walton set the tone on the first offensive possession of the game with a 15-play, 71-yard drive that lasted 6½ minutes and culminated in a 3-yard touchdown pass from Price Wilson to Davis Pidgeon with 5:33 remaining in the first quarter. The extra point from Christian Lucas to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead.

“That’s who we are,” Hidalgo said. “We’re a body-puncher and, probably, the first two games, we tried to be something we’re not. We wanted to play physical football and win the game 4 yards at a time.”

North Cobb (2-1) evened the score at 7-all with 9:18 remaining in the first half when Torrance McGee recovered his own fumble in the end zone after fumbling the ball at the Walton 5, following a 20-yard pass from Tyler Queen. Zach Connally kicked the extra point.

Walton used another lengthy drive to get its next score, going 12 plays for 88 yards as Brooks scored on a 4-yard run and Lucas kicked the extra point to put the Raiders back in front 14-7 with 4:15 left in the first half.

North Cobb struck with 15 seconds left in the third quarter when Queen threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Devin Granville. But the Warriors failed to tie the score, missing the extra point, and the Raiders maintained a 14-13 lead.

Walton dealt the decisive blow to North Cobb in the fourth quarter when Hudson Splitter faked a punt on fourth-and-2 from the Warriors’ 46 and ran the ball 7 yards to give the Raiders first down with 7:29 remaining.

Brooks followed up with a 34-yard run to take the ball to the North Cobb 5 and then scored two plays later on a 1-yard scamper. Lucas’ extra point increase Walton’s advantage to 21-13 with 6:08 left.

“I figured, if our players were going to play to win, I was going to coach to win,” Hidalgo said. “We made the decision that we were going to take more chances and put the kids in position to win games.”

Brooks went on to score on a 3-yard run with 3:33 left, and Lucas’ final extra point gave the Raiders their final margin of victory.

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Footballparent
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October 20, 2013
18 comments and not one mentions the actual game.

It was a good game. Walton played with a purpose and North Cobb played just a hard.
Video Man
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September 17, 2013
High definition video from the event was shown to the police and North Cobb administrators on Monday moring. It refutes the statements of a group of North Cobb players and coaches regarding the scuffle that occurred at the end of the game. There was only one punch thrown during the altercation -- by a North Cobb player. Walton's Coach and the parents of the player elected not to pursue charges. The video shows that everything was incited by North Cobb players. When you beat us last year, we didn't start a fight because we were out performed. Of course, we've done this whole winning thing for a while. You guys are new at it.

KT Maretta
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September 18, 2013
Nicely said.
Trolls
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September 16, 2013
Take the lost in pride! We have it on video how our former running back was simply diffusing the fight! Actually one of your coaches threw a punch! Get your facts straight! Ask your coaches to show the video, he will not, because one of the coaches will go to jail!!!

Additionally, truth be told, our Walton kids were shaking hands post game when one of North cobb players hit him in the mouth! Stop trying to slander our former running back when in Essenes he was simply trying to break the fight up! If it were one of our kids a police report would have already been filed! Nonetheless this is not the case, because north cobb coaches saw it on film and now want to sweep it under the carpet as if nothing ever happened!

We see where the players get the sportsmanship from! The coach that threw a punch at a kid! Last thing, talk about how some of the north cobb kids stole iPhones, laptops ect out of the coaches locker room!

Stop typing about what did not happened and ask to see the video! Guaranteed NC coaches don't want to discuss this now!

Role Tied - LOL
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September 17, 2013
why was the former RB at walton when his new team had a game? I guess they have better RBs in the house.
Just coachin'
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September 16, 2013
Hey- the big eye in the sky don't LIE!!!!

Why would Walton start a fight after whippin' North Cobb so bad on the field? That doesn't make sense and the video clearly shows a couple of NC coaches saying some pretty choice words to the Walton players- and it wasn't -" get back son."
Just Coachin'
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September 16, 2013
Hey, the big eye in the sky don't lie !!!

Watch the video- some NC coaches are saying some bad words and then one of the Walton players gets sucker punched!! Wear your helmets when you shake hands cause there are some sore losers out there!!

Great game though.
@on the field
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September 16, 2013
You probably want to go in and ask NC staff and admin what they think about who did what after seeing the video evidence for themselves in high definition...right now it's safe to say you are just talking out of side of your neck.
Coachin' for fun!!!
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September 16, 2013
The Big Eye in The Sky Don't Lie !!!

Check out the video- Some NC coaches were saying some bad words and a Walton player got sucker punched. Shake hands with your helmet on because there are some sore losers out there!
melanieb.
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September 18, 2013
We have seen the video & I don't know what you Walton people are seeing but it is very clear that your low class players threw the first punch & assaulted the NC coaches. I think it is horrible that boys assault an adult. I hope that the GHSA looks at this & slams Walton football players, coaches & school. The game should be taken from Walton because they showed no sportsman ship what so ever. Every one of the Walton Players should be suspended & taken off the team especially the ones who slammed the NC coaches.
Agent Orange
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September 16, 2013
This shows how classless Walton really is. You beat us fair & square on the field but start a fight post game. The actions of a former player for Walton who now plays for one of the top collegiate football teams in the country is proof of that. The night before his current teams biggest game of the season in College Station he’s on the sideline @ Walton fighting our players. Once the police review the tape and see your actions it is only a matter of timE. Not to mention you now play for the most no-nonsense head coach in college football. Enjoy your short career Mr. #6 on the depth chart. RTR
videodoesn'tlie
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September 16, 2013
Agent Orange, you just made a complete fool out of yourself. On the field and Jjimi can join your club. You have falsely accused a young man of something he had no part in and have slandered him. How is this known? Read the comment above. The entire altercation was filmed and was viewed by both staffs and administrators today. At North Cobb High School. It was clear that the one you're accusing had absolutely no role in the altercations. You may be talking about #30 of Walton as the one getting punched and stomped on by players in orange jerseys. Or the Walton player spewing blood after getting sucker punched as he walked through the handshake line. Next time you may want to get your story straight before posting lies. Go ahead and ask your head coach to his face if this is what transpired today at your school. While you're at it, get your school to hold an anger management class for 2 of your assistant coaches who were completely out of control and making the situation far worse then it should've been. You're probably going to lose several more games this season so I hope you don't lose your cool like you did against Walton.
Guido2
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September 20, 2013
Agent Orange, now that the video has been analyzed and the truth is out are you man enough to post an apology? I didn't think so.

How embarrassing for the North Cobb coaches, players and their families.
On the field
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September 15, 2013
Classless? I believe the riot started when your head coach physically chased the officials off the field screaming and yelling like a mad man, true sportsmanship at its finest, no wonder his players yanked the helmet off a NC player and Mr. Broken jaw himself wearing of all things a leapord printed shirt, sucker punches him. Guess that was his way of getting one in on NC after last year when we broke him down DURING the game. Then the mad man, after he realizes his team was in a fight, screams he wants a NC player arrested?!?!?! When in reality, it was his former RB, that shouldn't of even been on the field, will have handcuffs on. You beat us straight up on the field, well deserved win, but everything that happened once the buzzer sounded....Look in the mirror Walton!
Guido2
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September 14, 2013
A great win against a classless opponent. North Cobb parents: you've done a great job of raising a bunch of common criminals.
Jjimi
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September 14, 2013
Noting mentioned about the assaults during the end of the game handshake line by FORMER Walton players?

Real classy Walton, Real Classy.....what's going to be done about it?....That's the real story!
anonymous
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September 15, 2013
Are you an idiot? Walton did not write this article.
Guido2
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September 20, 2013
Regardless of who started the fight, I hope the North Cobb staff and players are enjoying their new laptops, iPods and iPhones.
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