Hornets upset injured Raiders
by Jeff Dickinson
MDJ Sports Correspondent
November 10, 2012 02:28 AM | 4099 views | 7 7 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walton at Roswell

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ROSWELL — What seemed like a playoff tune-up for Walton turned into a scary trap game against Roswell in the final game of the regular season.

The Hornets scored 21 points in a span of 3:36 late in the third quarter to upset Walton 28-24. The Raiders had dominated the first half and held a 21-7 lead midway through the third quarter.

That’s when Roswell capitalized on Walton’s turnovers to take control of the game. After the Hornets scored on a 49-yard run by Mechane Slade with 5:23 left in the third quarter, they struck again less than a minute later.

Walton quarterback Parker McLeod, who had missed the past five games due to injury, was intercepted by Roswell’s Grant Beidel. Beidel returned the interception 23 yards for a game-tying touchdown.

McLeod then fumbled the snap on Walton’s next possession and the Hornets took the lead for good two plays later. After the fumble, Roswell quarterback Ryan Monty hit Bennett Barton on a 50-yard touchdown pass. Barton kicked the fourth of his extra points on the night to put the Hornets ahead 28-21.

The Raiders, who fell to 7-3, did manage a 34-yard field goal by Anthony Price midway through the fourth quarter to pull within four points, but couldn’t do enough to win in the end.

A disappointed Walton coach Rocky Hidalgo said his team played a tale of two halves against the Hornets.

“If we’re going to have any success, we’ve got to be prepared to play an entire 48 minutes and we didn’t do that tonight,” Hidalgo said. “We played some of the best football we’ve played all season in the first half and some of the worst that we’ve played in about five weeks in the second half.”

Roswell, which ended the season with a 3-7 record, is a much better team than its record indicates, according to coach Justin Sanderson.

“I guarantee you that we’re the best 3-7 team in the state of Georgia,” Sanderson said. “We just didn’t really show up in the first half, but we got our sea legs in the second half and the interception by Grant was huge.”

Price Wilson started the game for Walton at quarterback, but McLeod came in during the first series and played the rest of the game. Despite his fumble and interception, McLeod finished the game 10-for-15 for 92 yards.

D.J. Smith had a game-high 187 rushing yards on 32 carries for the Raiders. Barton did the most damage to Walton by leading the Hornets with 232 receiving yards on six receptions.
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Parkview Panther
November 10, 2012
Stay healthy Parker. We need you in the game next week.
not bueno
November 10, 2012
Embarrassing. Not the way you want to go into the playoffs. Sounds like the QB was a little rusty coming back from injury. Walton will have to play mistake free and hopefully get some injured players back to be able to win in the playoffs.
November 12, 2012
This is what Walton football would look like without move in players. Without Tyren the Raiders don't have a chance. Parkview will knock the rust off all of your players.
November 12, 2012
Walton is not embarrassed at all. Walton made the playoffs yet again and this time with the most injury riddled team of all time. Did you see the story the MDJ did last week where 31 players were injured? Turns out that was just grades 10-12, not 9-12 like the story stated. When the freshman team mom added her 8 players, (stress fracture in a back, concussions, torn meniscus, etc.) that put the team total at 39. When back up QB Price Wilson had to leave Friday in the first quarter with a sprained MCL, he made injury #40 and original starting QB Parker McLeod stepped in. (3rd string QB Fuzzy Furr was still suffering from a concussion from the 9th grade season).

This shows the strength and resolve of the Walton program that while banged up and bruised, they still keep fighting and step in where needed. AND still make the playoffs.

There are 4 Division I commits on the team and all 4 were on the sidelines until Parker stepped back on the field after 6 weeks. There are currently 4 sophomores on the offensive line and have done a great job with on the job training.

Keep pouting about a 'move in' from 2 1/2 years ago. Walton has one and Tyren belongs to the Walton family. We treasure him and his wonderful family. He got hurt on a flukey play (6th play of the game) against Etowah and hope he's healing quickly. If anyone should be congratulated on their move ins, it's Lassiter. They went above and beyond this season with their FIVE. Ryan Jennings (Milton), Eric and Quincy Perdue (Campbell), Chris Murphy (Harrison) and the linebacker from Wheeler have done a spectacular job with their new teammates this year.

The Walton players and coaches will continue to work hard this week and hope for the best against Parkview. No matter what, we're proud of the team and will continue to support them.
November 12, 2012
Who cares about Lassiter Coach (goraidersgo)?

No Tyren no Win...

...back to back losses.

Point the finger to try to cause a distraction. LOL Please get to the third round(never happen). Would love to see that game with impartial refs. No refs who live in your Walton neighborhood.
Yeah Right
November 14, 2012
@goraidersgo so you're saying you started recruiting Tyren 2 1/2 years ago. That puts him in May of his freshman year. Face it, we all know what the deal is.

BTW, no Tyren, No win.

November 14, 2012
To 'yeah right', that's not what goraidersgo said at all. It's more of a 'give it a rest'. Everyone knows Lassiter is furious that Tyren transferred but the coach and his offense should be blamed, not Walton. I'm close friends with Mr. Jones and he'll be the first one to tell you it was their decision to move. He'll tell you it was Tyren's sophomore year when Walton played at Lassiter. Kyle Vorster carried the ball for Walton about 30 times and Tyren got it less then 10 for Lassiter. He said he and his wife decided at that moment to transfer to Walton. Lassiter coaches were fools for not trying to implement him into their offense. Can you imagine what kind of team they'd be like if he was still there?

He arrived at Walton in January of his sophomore year and ran track so Walton does think it's ridiculous that Lassiter still holds a grudge. The decision was the correct one and Tyren received a scholarship to the top program in the country. If you want to be really upset, wait until you see Tyren's two younger sisters when they perform on the track. They are a thing of beauty.

Tyren's move affected one player who ended up still contributing to Walton's state championship appearance in many ways. Jim Hogue was a team captain and team leader and played in many roles to help with the team's success. I wouldn't be so gracious if my kid were one of the 5 affected by those that moved in this season to Lassiter. That's a lot of home grown talent that gets pushed aside for a 1 or 2 year player.

We'll miss Tyren on Friday but DJ Smith is more then capable to fill his shoes. Instead of harboring such hostility, why don't you try supporting all Cobb County teams so we're represented well up against the giants of Gwinnett and south Georgia. It'll make you feel better about yourself. Trust me.
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