The Walton football team finally got a home game on Friday, and needed all of that familiar atmosphere -- plus a strong showing from backup quarterback Price Wilson -- to defeat Woodstock 24-7.
The Raiders bounced back from a 49-14 loss to North Cobb despite injuries. Wilson, playing for injured starter Parker McLeod (ankle sprain) was 14-19 passing for 142 yards and a touchdown.
Star running back Tyren Jones also was banged up, with a cast on his left hand to protect a sore wrist. But he still rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown for Walton (3-1, 1-0 in Region 5-AAAAAA).
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The Wheeler Wildcats' chances of staying unbeaten evaporated in the final minute of their road game against Etowah Friday, as the Eagles scored the winning touchdown with 40 seconds remaining to win a wild 31-27 contest.
The loss leaves Wheeler at 3-1 and 0-1 in Region 5-AAAAAA.
Lassiter, ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAAA, had no trouble with Cherokee, getting strong offensive performances from quarterback Eddie Printz and wide receiver Willie Police in a 41-6 road win.
The Trojans are 4-0 and 1-0 in Region 5-AAAAAA.
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Ronald Woods and Itabari Mason each ran for three touchdowns as the visiting Pope Greyhounds (2-2) rolled past Northview 45-27 for their second consecutive win.
Sprayberry's Torrey Richardson rushed for 124 yards and scored a second-half touchdown that sent the Yellow Jackets (1-3) on their way to a 31-28 win at Forsyth Central.