Georgia High School Football Spring Preview AJC 30 In 30 Series: Walton Raiders

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Walton is doing its spring game in style.

The Raiders will scrimmage at 7 p.m. Friday, and it will be broadcast live over the Internet on the football program’s Web site — www.raidersfb.net

What will you see? One of Cobb County’s top teams trying to replace 18 of 22 starters this spring.

The big story on offense is senior Bradley Kilborn, who is performing well in his bid to be the No.  1 QB. On defense, Walton’s coaches are tinkering with the 3-4 defense, perhaps changing this year from the traditional 4-3 scheme. The Raiders are also desperately seeking a new punter and placekicker — two positions which have nearly always been a team strength.

Walton RB Kyle Vorster is one of the team's four returning starters (AJC photo)

Walton RB Kyle Vorster is one of the team's four returning starters (AJC photo)

Walton has one of the county’s top tandems returning at running back — Kyle Vorster (6-0, 207) will be counted on heavily to carry the load on offense; Rodney Kazibwe (5-11, 200) is the team’s emotional leader. Junior Harrison Davis (6-3, 250) will start on both the offensive and defensive line. Senior cornerback Matt LaMontagne (5-8, 175) has deceptive size, and it not afraid to deliver a lick at the line of scrimmage on running plays.

Rocky Hildago, coach of the Raiders, says several of his younger skills players, including Zach Blaylock and Cody Richardson, have already caught the attention of college scouts. Koty Allen (6-2, 225) also looks be another in a long line of stellar Walton defensive ends. Linebacker Justin Brooks, a transfer from Tift Area Academy, will help safety Daron Blaylock fortify the defense.

Team: Walton Raiders

Spring Game: 7 p.m. Friday

Spring practice dates: Ends May 14

Last year’s record: 6-4

Starters lost: 18

Head coach: Rocky Hildago

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6 comments Add your comment

SatchelBuzz

May 14th, 2010
7:20 am

Harrison’s daddy played a little football up in mountains,…and then did some “moving” down on the Flats. He’s got definately got the bloodlines.

THWG!!

SouthGARules

May 14th, 2010
2:00 pm

Thanks SatchelBuzz, another reference that makes me feel old. I remember the “Refrigerator Mover”

TarHeelBred bleeds TarHeelBlue

May 14th, 2010
9:33 pm

Walton may be replacing 18 of 22 starters, but after being realigned to a scaled-down Region 5-AAAAA that includes a struggling Wheeler, a Marietta team and a Lassiter team both facing uncertainty with new coaches and Cherokee, Etowah and Woodstock, Walton’s chances at going back to the playoffs don’t look so bad, or at least as questionable as they would have been in the region they were in previously, 6-AAAAA.

BigBlueTrue

May 15th, 2010
12:54 am

Walton has always had an established feeder program so for that program it is usually a reload much like the rest of the teams in the new 5-AAAAA. I think this region is going to come down to Woodstock, Lassiter, Etowah and Walton fighting tough amongst themselves, but it will be interesting to see how the rest of the region schedules out of region games. Who will play tough competition or play down should be a great new season and looking forward to seeing new old faces and stadiums. Go Wolverines!!!

SportsFan31313

May 15th, 2010
4:29 pm

Region 3-AAAAA Camden County Wildcats wlll be the dominant Golliath Of Football In The State Of Georgia for the third straight year, and for years to come. They have all of the attributes that will keep them as a Top Contender. I can’t see any team this year beating them in the State Of Georgia. Bloggers suggest that Camden County play in a weak horrible Region. But Camden County have a Hall Of Fame Coach (Jeff Herron) in my opinion, and they have proven time after time that it doesn’t matter where they play or who they play, the results are the same, beating every team in the State they play against silencing the critics. I can see them three peat for the Class AAAAA State Title this 2010-2011. No doubt about it.

East Cobb Royal and Red Raider

May 16th, 2010
10:21 am

Ed Dudley knew when to get out of town. Walton will back into the play offs because the region is scaled down and Wheeler Marietta and Cherokee are not very good programs. Face it, our region doesn’t stack up well against the other seven regions in 5A.