Walton’s football roster is dotted with players whose fathers have spent time in the sports section of newspapers.
Now their kids are getting their share of attention for playing on a 11-0 team that is ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAA.
The most widely known of these are brothers Zack and Daron Blaylock, the sons of former Atlanta Hawks point guard Mookie Blaylock. Zack Blaylock has returned five of his eight interceptions for touchdowns. The defensive backs rank 2-3 on the team in tackles, and both have committed to Kentucky.
Then there is running back Tyren Jones, the son of former Atlanta Force Arena League wide receiver Tyrone Jones. Tyren, a junior tailback, has rushed for 1,742 yards and leads Class AAAAA with 29 touchdowns.
Offensive lineman Harrison Davis, another all-state candidate, is the son of John Davis, a former Gilmer lineman who became known as “The Refrigerator Mover” at Georgia Tech for his blocking of former Clemson All-America defensive tackle William “The Refrigerator” Perry. Davis played in a Super Bowl for the Buffalo Bills.
Nakai Poole is the son of former NFL cornerback Tyrone Poole, a first-round NFL draft pick who played on the Patriots’ Super Bowl champions in 2003 and 2004. Nakai is Walton’s punter.
Starting center Grant Radakovich is the son of Dan Radakovich, the athletics director at Georgia Tech. Michael Lord, a starter at tackle, is the son of Dr. Daniel Papp, the president of Kennesaw State University, which is working toward fielding its first football team in 2014.
Are the dads enjoying watching their sons? You can be the judge.
“I enjoyed a very successful high school career in Ellijay, Georgia Tech and the NFL, but this kid is so much better than me at this stage of his career,” John Davis said. “I haven’t had this much fun since my Super Bowl days in Buffalo.”
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