Walton-Lassiter rematch in ‘Cobb County Super Bowl’ on TV

Walton defeated Lassiter 34-10 in a regular-season meeting between the two teams (AJC)

Walton defeated Lassiter 34-10 in a regular-season meeting between the two teams (AJC)

Lassiter (10-3) plays at Walton (13-0) in the “Cobb County Super Bowl” in the Class AAAAA semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The playoff game will be broadcast live on WSB-TV’s digital channel 2.2, several cable systems (Comcast channel 248 and Charter channel 126) and on www.wsbtv.com.

The winner will be Cobb County’s first representative in the state championship game since the 2000 season. No Cobb school has won a state title since 1967.

“I’ve been in Cobb County for 15 years, and every year the football in Cobb has gotten a lot better,” Walton coach Rocky Hidalgo said. “There are good coaches in Cobb County, and people are running programs the right way where they can compete on a state level.

“But I will say this about our program: We’re playing in the state semifinals for the third time since 2003. You’ve got your teams like Camden County, Lowndes, Brookwood and Parkview and a few others, but not too many have done that in Class AAAAA in the last eight years. We’ve been good for the last decade and we’re not going away.”

“We’ve been here before, and we expect to come back. This is how we built our football program. We want to compete at the state level every year, and we felt like we’ve done that over the last 8-9 years.”

The two teams played in the regular season, with Walton posting a convincing 34-10 win over Lassiter.

“Lassiter has a really good team, and we have a really good team,” Hidalgo said. “When we played them the first time, they fought us tooth and nail and then we kind of got downhill on them a little bit. I don’t think this game is going to be like that. I think this game is going to go down to the last minute. I think those kids at Lassiter play really hard, and they have a lot of talented players.”

The two schools are archrivals, and would be pumped up to play each other even if the game didn’t have such high stakes. Lassiter is in the state semifinals for the first time in school history. Until 2008, Lassiter had never won a playoff game.

“If we were playing Walton in tiddlywinks, the kids would be focused,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “We didn’t even need to talk about what’s next. I don’t think we mentioned to the kids that it’s a semifinals game or showed them a bracket. All they know is that it’s Walton. We really don’t have to say anything else, and I’m sure the Walton coaches don’t have to say anything else to their kids either.”

  • Below is a schedule of games that will be available LIVE at www.GHSA.tv/footballplayoffs on Friday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Class AAAAA
Colquitt* County (11-2) vs. Grayson High School (13-0) Lassiter High School (10-3) vs. Walton High School (13-0) will air on WSB-TV’s Me-TV channel 2.2 and on GHSA.tv

Class AAAA
Warner Robbins High School (11-2) vs. Lovejoy High School (13-0)
Tucker* High School (13-0) vs. Northside High School, Warner Robbins (13-0)

Class AAA
Cairo High School (11-2) vs. Peach County High School (12-1)

Class AA
Appling County High School (12-1) vs. Calhoun* High School (13-0)

Class A
Landmark Christian (11-2) vs. Eagles Landing Christian Academy (12-1)

101 comments Add your comment

Robert

November 30th, 2011
7:19 am

You can also catch the full replay of the game at 1:00AM on Friday night in High Definition on WSB Channel 2 (main channel)

Trojan Fan

November 30th, 2011
7:24 am

Keep rolling boys

LHS TROJANS ALUM 2011

November 30th, 2011
7:29 am

Them Trojan boys about to win this walton may of got them in season but this is playoff time we dont mess around in the playoffs as yall can see alpharetta mcEachern MLK and about walton lets go TROJANSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

RaiderNation

November 30th, 2011
8:46 am

Should be a FANtastic game! Looking forward to seeing yall at the game.
And Walton wins again….

Good luck on friday nite.

Farsider

November 30th, 2011
10:42 am

Hidalgo may be technically accurate in comparing his teams to Brookwood, Parkview, Lowndes and Camden. But those programs have all advanced to the state title game and brought home championships. They’ve built a strong program over at Walton. But they’re not at the top of the mountain yet…….

yo

November 30th, 2011
10:49 am

Who ever wins this win enjoy your last win of the season. :-)

MacMain

November 30th, 2011
11:40 am

Walton has no respect for Lassiter. None. They have had their way over the years. Pay attention folks. This Friday night the Trojans return to Raider Valley and amid all the crys of bad calls, missing players, ets,etc,etc, will leave with all the respect that has never been acknowledged over the last 25 years! Enjoy the moment Trojan Nation!!

ole richie

November 30th, 2011
12:10 pm

Trojans will win this game! After what i watched against Dacula, Walton has no discipline. TONS of penalties. Stop jones = stope walton.

The Barves

November 30th, 2011
12:30 pm

Walton will drop a southern fried hammer on Lassiter. Bank on it.

eaglenationrising

November 30th, 2011
1:15 pm

Yo: How bad is AAAAA football? Colquitt County would not make it past the quarterfinals in AAAA. Admit it. :-)

Peach County > Colquitt County

Walton is going to send Lassiter, then Colquitt County into girls’ basketball season. This RB at Walton is “beyond nasty.” We are lucky to have an opportunity to see a talent like this. You better believe that this is no metro Atlanta elusion of greatest. This kid is serious. He is going to run wild vs. Lassiter. You heard it from me.

juan carlos diego raul sanches

November 30th, 2011
2:07 pm

ASSiter won’t score a point…punks

Melvin

November 30th, 2011
2:18 pm

Lassiter – R O A D W A R R I O R S

Tommy Maddox

November 30th, 2011
2:25 pm

Wait ’till you get a load of the halftime shows! Go Mike & Alfred!

a Lowndes Viking

November 30th, 2011
2:29 pm

This is as far as a Cobb team gets. No way a Cobb teams wins state. Colquitt or Grayson will win state

Plowboy-Viking

November 30th, 2011
2:45 pm

ENR….please go back and watch the Walton/Dacula game …both teams are SLOW

Tommy Trojan

November 30th, 2011
2:54 pm

I can’t wait to give Colquitt a little payback for what they did to Hutson. We’re going to give them a beatdown in the Dome!

eaglenationrising

November 30th, 2011
3:22 pm

@ Plowboy-Vikings: There are some serious challenges with watching a high school football game between Walton & Dacula when my alma mater is actually making an example of another metro Atlanta program that was feeling really good about themselves. Man, that Tri-Cities team was HUGE. Of course, after the hitting began the “false swagger” disappeared…as it always does at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.

I will certainly take your word for it. I know you guys (though jaded by South Georgia football “false hype”) know football. It is not girls’ basketball season at Northside. Therefore, my focus was on the Eagles at McConnell-Talbert.

By the way, we improved to 84-2 at home versus all visiting team at the MAC since 2000. These Tucker folks are talking as if we have not hosted the likes of Lowndes, Peachtree Ridge, Booker T. Washington (Miami), Valdosta, Colquitt County, Thomas County Central and other top flight programs. They are going to learn on Friday night.

As for Walton, I learned a few years ago when Lowndes had Greg Reid. Top tier talent can trump many things. I’ll take Walton. You can not coach talent. One would expect a Walton team to have a little discipline. However, I have not seen them live or on television. I just see the crazy stats the RB puts up.

Really?

November 30th, 2011
4:21 pm

“But I will say this about our program: We’re playing in the state semifinals for the third time since 2003. You’ve got your teams like Camden County, Lowndes, Brookwood and Parkview and a few others, but not too many have done that in Class AAAAA in the last eight years. We’ve been good for the last decade and we’re not going away.”

Is Rocky smoking something? Left out Grayson, Newnan, North Gwinnett, and PTR

Really?

November 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

Lassiter can not defend a good running attack. Look at the teams they have beaten so far and they are all pass first offenses.

Paul Johnson has Moobies....

November 30th, 2011
4:34 pm

Lassiter has always been the stepsister that is ignored to Walton. Nothing changes this weekend as WALTON is THE school in East Cobb. Raiders – 31, trojans – 7.

really.yeah

November 30th, 2011
4:42 pm

I guess Brookwood wasnt a run team with 2 D1 backs…

plowboy-viking

November 30th, 2011
5:01 pm

Lowndes Head Coach Randy McPherson named an assistant coach for the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. http://highschool.rivals.com/showmsg.asp?fid=2482&tid=166844234&mid=166844234&sid=1185&style=2

Elementary My Dear Watson

November 30th, 2011
6:35 pm

Anyone know if Colquitt/Grayson will be televised…..GPB perhaps?

Also, does anyone have pictures of the JJ Green interception vs Colquitt? Sure would like to to see what happened there. I as at the game, and ” still can’t believe what I just saw “. I felt Camden was in control of the game, not total control, but in control. Always up by seven and threatning to go up by 14, but never did. A gutwrenching loss of epic proportions. Let’s go Pack……do to Grayson what the Cats did to them years back…..a South Ga pummeling.

Plowboy-Viking

November 30th, 2011
7:57 pm

The game will be televised….but the gpb fundraising show is going on and it will be only on the digital. .3 gpb station

GHS#22

November 30th, 2011
7:58 pm

Elementary……..in case you have been sleeping for the last 3 years, Grayson has already beating the Cats, and serveral other South Ga teams since 2007. What are you talking about?

Elementary My Dear Watson

November 30th, 2011
8:10 pm

GHS#2….If I am mistaken, I apologize. I was at the Camden/Grayson game in Kingsland a few years back, and it was ugly. It was over during the 1st Q. I don’t remember Grayson ever beating Camden. Please prove me wrong.

Lickmyballs

November 30th, 2011
8:12 pm

Back in the late 80’s, we put a beat down on Lassiter in football and worked your cheerleaders over as well.

GHS#22

November 30th, 2011
8:17 pm

Elementary….That must have been the last game you went to. let me brin you up to speed. Since 2007, Grayson had beaten CAT, Lowndes, Valdosta, Warner robbins, and losing to Colquitt in the semi last year.

4-1 vs South GA in the last 3 years

The party's over

November 30th, 2011
8:26 pm

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cchswildcat86

November 30th, 2011
8:31 pm

2009 grayson 14 camden 10

GHS#22

November 30th, 2011
8:36 pm

Thanks cchs, Elementary must had missed that game. Not sure why the beating Grayson took from CC back in 2007 played into this discussion.

Elementary My Dear Watson

November 30th, 2011
8:43 pm

GHS#22…..My original post was that Grayson has never beaten Camden. I said nothing about Grayson not beating other S. GA teams….so please relax. Now, cchswildcat86, has proved me wrong stating that Grayson beat Camden 14-10 in ‘09. I stand corrected, a bit. cchswildcat86…..that was the Corky Kell classic wasn’t it? So to me, that is a exhibiton game somewhat and doesn’t count. Grayson never beaten Cam in regular season or playoffs.

cchswildcat86

November 30th, 2011
8:48 pm

Corky Kell was a reg season game not an exhibition game…Grayson won with a great def…

cchswildcat86

November 30th, 2011
8:54 pm

Elem…Not sure what your point is, but Grayson has a great football program and to say otherwise is silly…

GoPackGo

November 30th, 2011
8:55 pm

Football Fan

November 30th, 2011
9:21 pm

@ENR and @Plowboy Viking, trust me when I tell you that it is not a fluke that Tyren Jones is ranked as the #1 RB in GA in the class of 2013 and #11 RB in the nation for 2013. He is the real deal…if you have not seen him live, you need to.

Walton’s defense will be the difference in this game however…I like Walton in a close one.

Ken

November 30th, 2011
9:28 pm

Elementary, I remember that Grayson win over Camden in the Corky Kell…Ean Pemberton did everything but work the concession stand at halftime.

Bleed red

November 30th, 2011
9:43 pm

If I was Lassiter I wood get the Cherokee vs Walton tape cause they shut Tyron Jones down made them pass the ball we held him to one TD and under 100 yards and nobody did that all year and that’s that

BamaBornDukie

November 30th, 2011
10:03 pm

@Bleed red……Tyren Jones got just over 100 yards against Cherokee as he had 104 yards and 1 TD. The only games he was held below 100 were the Milton game in the Regular Season he had 85 yards (but he ran for over 100 yards in the 1st quarter when they played again in the Playoffs) and the Woodstock game he had 81 yards but only had 4 carries including a 74 yard TD run.

Lassiter did a good job containing him back in the Regular Season as they had 8-9 guys in the Box to stop him although he did have about an 80 yard kickoff return. If Lassiter stacks the box again with 8-9 guys to stop Jones…..”PlayAction” Pass could be trouble for Lassiter’s defense.

Lassiter’s best chance though is stop Walton’s running game and force the QB to beat them in the passing game because if they play “standard” base defense….Jones will run for over 200 yards and 3-4 TDs….

Bleed red

November 30th, 2011
10:10 pm

You are correct and Lassiter should put 9 in the box that’s what we did ,and I no there DBs are better than ours they could play some man cover mix it up keep them guessing you have to sell out to the run to beat them

Bleed red

November 30th, 2011
10:18 pm

Football fan he is one the best I’ve seen in a while very well balanced athlete the best field vision and speed plus strength great back reminds me of Caleb King .

BamaBornDukie

November 30th, 2011
10:29 pm

@Football Fan and Bleed Red…..I’ve gone back and watched his 3 youtube videos from 7th grade and watched video/highlights of his games this year. The kid is “something” special.

Check the 1st 18 seconds or so on the link below to see his 1st touch of the game against Dacula……a 62 yard punt return TD. I hope he stays healthy and focused….he could be something special.

http://www.high5sports.com/dpp/football/dacula-walton-20111125-es

Trojan Man

November 30th, 2011
10:29 pm

So…you guys beat who? Dacula (#2), South Cobb (#3), Milton (#4) ?? Ooooh, pretty difficult teams, there (No offence intended to those schools). And, who did we beat…Alpharetta,(#1) McEachern, (#2) and MLK (#1)…was it? Way better teams…that we were supposed to lose anyway…Lassiter got a WHOLE lot better going into the playoffs. The raiders are gonna eat their words when our boys send those spoiled kids crying back to their mommy…..I don’t know if ya’ll watched the MLK game, but we held them at the 1inch line. Just wait, Trojans gonna blow it up in Raider Valley this Friday…

WONDERING

November 30th, 2011
10:36 pm

Corky Bell games count on your record.

Gwinnett is Great

November 30th, 2011
10:37 pm

Grayson has the edge since its in Loganville. I feel like someone woke the sleeping giant called Lassiter. Gwinnett and cobb in dome.

cchswildcat86

November 30th, 2011
10:39 pm

Lassiter calling Walton kids spoiled…Now that’s funny right there……

BamaBornDukie

November 30th, 2011
10:39 pm

New ballgame no doubt in the playoffs…..But I’d give more credence to “Head-Head” Games versus trying to apply the Transitive Property of Inequalities (ie. A>B, B>C……so I “THINK” A>C)………..to sports.

Walton has beaten the teams they’ve faced. They “struggled” to some extent against Dacula but most teams have a close game at some point during the season en route to a Championship. Grayson struggled with Kell and Brookwood earlier in the season and Colquitt lost to a AAAA team early on.

With that said…Lassiter is playing better and it should be a good ballgame.

cchswildcat86

November 30th, 2011
10:40 pm

Yes…..Corky Kell counts on your record

Trojan Man

November 30th, 2011
10:42 pm

@Gwinnett is Great, My thoughts exactly…that first playoff game woke up the Trojans, ever since, we’ve been finding a way to win.
And in regard to the Corky Kell games, we beat Brookwood, who sent Peachtree Ridge out in the first round…who did Walton play…Peachtree Ridge. Grayson vs. Lassiter in the Dome.

Trojan Man

November 30th, 2011
10:43 pm

@cchswildcat86 Haha, true Lassiter has their fair share of spoiled rich kids…but trust me…Walton has more…