The Walton Raiders lost to the Woodstock Wolverines Friday night 29-30 in overtime. Even in the loss, Walton showed composure in overtime, forcing Woodstock to go for the 2-point conversion for the win.
Sophomore quarterback Zak Rozsman scored his third rushing touchdown in as many weeks and also passed for another. Offensive coordinator Chris Hirschfield has opened up another option on offense by using his quarterback on the ground more. Rozsman has pulled the ball down and ran on option plays 5 times in the red zone during the last 3 weeks, always keeping the defense on their toes.
Senior receiver Teagen Bierra had a solid game as well, hauling in a touchdown pass late along the sideline to put the Raiders up by 12 points. After the play broke down, Rozsman broke the contain of the defense to get outside the pocket when he saw Teagen breaking open close to the corner of the end zone. From there it was all Bierra, dragging his toes in to secure the catch. Junior running back Kenny Djaha had another productive day for the Raiders, punching in a goal line touchdown to put the Raiders up 29-22 in overtime.
Despite the tough loss, the Raiders have clinched a state playoff spot and home field advantage with a 3-2 region record. They will host Newnan High School next Friday in the Valley!