Walton 42, Marietta 14

It took Marietta four games to shake off a slow start to the season and play itself into position to challenge for a region championship, but it took Walton less than two quarters to take away any shot the Blue Devils had of winning the title.

The sixth-ranked Raiders completely dominated Marietta at home on Friday, scoring on all six of their first-half possessions and cruising to a 42-14 victory to capture the Region 5-AAAAA championship. It is the first region title since 2008 for Walton (9-0, 5-0), which will be the region’s No. 1 seed and host the fourth-place team from 6-AAAAA in the playoffs in two weeks. Walton will complete the regular season at Woodstock on Friday.

Marietta fell to 4-5 overall and 4-1 in the region. The Blue Devils, who started the season with four consecutive non-region losses to teams that will make the playoffs, will finish in second place in 5-AAAAA. Marietta closes the regular season at home against Cherokee next week.

“Our kids came out and played well,” Walton coach Rocky Hidalgo said. “We understand that this was for the region championship. We talked about that all week long that we were not going to let somebody else come into our house and take that trophy away from us. We had great focus all week long, and I knew we were going to come out and play great tonight. It doesn’t surprise me how we played.”

Tyren Jones ran for 172 yards on 19 carries, all in the first half, and scored four touchdowns to lead Walton. His 4-yard touchdown catch with 2:08 to play in the first quarter gave the Raiders a 14-0 lead, and he ran for TDs of 14, 4 and 56 yards to close out the first half.

Kelly Brooks had a 35-yard touchdown run on Walton’s first possession, and Parker McLeod threw 19 yards to Zack Blaylock for the other score. The Raiders finished the first half with a 366-72 advantage in total offense.

Marietta responded to Walton’s first touchdown with a 40-yard pass from Anthony Jennings to Tyree Harris, and a 15-yard penalty for roughing the quarterback moved the ball to the Walton 25. Jennings was injured on the play, however, and did not return. The Blue Devils’ drive ended at the Walton 11 with an incomplete pass on a fake field goal. Marietta had just 32 yards of total offense the rest of the half after gaining 40 on its first play.

“This was a game we wanted to come out and dominate, we didn’t want to just come out and win,” Hidalgo said. “We wanted to dominate this football game physically at the line of scrimmage and force them to play our type of football game, which is some head crunching and some teeth rattling.”

Marietta – 0-0-7-7 – 14

Walton – 14-28-0-0 – 42

W – Kelly Brooks 35 run (Nathan Dittmer kick)

W – Parker McLeod 4 pass to Tyren Jones (Dittmer kick)

W – McLeod 19 pass to Zack Blaylock (Dittmer kick)

W – Jones 14 run (Dittmer kick)

W – Jones 4 run (Dittmer kick)

W – Jones 56 run (Dittmer kick)

M – Tyree Harris 22 return of blocked punt (Banks Martin kick)

M – Ro’Mello Porter 22 run (Martin kick)

4 comments Add your comment

Go Raiders

October 29th, 2011
9:07 am

Nice job, Raiders!! Crowned Region Champs on Senior Night for a wonderful group of seniors. QB Parker McLeod is such a steady presence on the field and gets that offense going. Tyren Jones is absolutely magical and throwing in a passing game and weapons like Zack Blaylock, Kelly Brooks, Jim Hogue and Cody Richardson really make things exciting. The defense played ‘lights out’ and stopped Marietta cold. Sure hope the Marietta QB is okay, as well as Jim Hogue for Walton. Keep up the good work, Raiders!!


October 30th, 2011
6:15 pm

PASSING GAME? Our O-line is what makes it happen. Mcloed is an average QB with great protection. He may not even be QB if pinter or chesser’s daddy would have bent over for Rock E. This is the best offensive line to play at Raider Valley. Kelly Brooks proved that Friday night. Ask Tyren why he moved here. He moved here to run behind our line. Kublanow is fierce.

Go Raiders

October 30th, 2011
11:25 pm

You sure don’t sound like a ‘walton fan’ to me. More like a vulgar pig. You apparently don’t have a clue as to why Pintur or Chesser left for other football programs. Of course Walton’s OL is amazing and the defense is fast and furious. The offense is piling on the points by running the ball a bunch and then our amazing QB finding one of his many talented WR targets. We love Brandon Kublanow and just because you’re a friend or relative of his, doesn’t mean you need to criticize others with the program. Try and find some class.


October 31st, 2011
1:24 pm

I have watched most of the games and Mcleod is a very effiecient quarterback, he works well in the pocket, is cool under pressure, and makes all the throws not sure what else he needs to do. Walton has a passing game but they are a running team, they are not going to throw 20 or 30 times a game.
As for the O-Line anyone who follows Walton footbal knows they always have a great O-Line that is the foundation of Walton Football. Whoever has been coaching them for the past 10 years has done a great job. However the big differnece I see in Walton is the speed in the defense. The linebackers and secondary are faster then any Walton team I have seen in the last 10 years. Great job winning region good luck in the playoffs.