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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 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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