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GPB PREVIEW: Falcons Invade Raider Valley

November 11, 2011 10:06am (EST)
Courtesy of Walter Pinion
Courtesy of Walter Pinion

Walton's playoff run continues this week as the 12-0 Raiders welcome Dacula (9-3) to Raider Valley. The Falcons have battled back from an 0-2 start to make the third round of the playoffs. Senior Rocky Capobianco is a big reason why. When new coach Jared Zito arrived, he asked Capobianco to do a little bit of everything on offense, including stepping aside to let Brandon Goodson play quarterback on certain occasions. Capobianco still will line up at quarterback in the Wildcat formation, where he is quite effective. Last week, Capobianco carried the ball 35 times for 162 yards in Dacula's 32-21 victory over Newnan. Marcus Cox is also a weapon out of the backfield, both running and catching the ball. Defensively, the Loyd brothers star at linebacker along with Alex Armah. Dacula is 3-2 on the road this season with its last road loss coming to Grayson back on Oct. 7.

The Walton attack starts with junior tailback Tyren Jones, a member of the 24 2Look4 for 2012. Last week against South Cobb, Jones totaled 314 yards, 217 rushing and 97 receiving along with five touchdowns. Jones has 10 scores through two playoff games and 34 on the season. Junior quarterback Parker McLeod can find the open man and has a strong enough arm to be a difference-maker at the next level. The Walton offensive line, led by college recruits Harrison Davis and Brandon Kublanow, have kept opposing defenses at bay for most of the season while opening up holes for Jones. Defensively Zack Blaylock is a threat to intercept any pass thrown, and he has taken four interceptions back for scores this season. Koty Allen can also apply pressure to opposing quarterbacks. Walton has won all six of its home games so far this season, averaging 42.6 points per game. No team has scored more than 14 points against Walton at Raider Valley.

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