WALTON 33, ROSWELL 14

Hornets lose lead in season finale

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MARIETTA, Ga. – Roswell led playoff-bound Walton 7-3 at the half, but the Raiders scored the first 30 points of the final two periods to pull away from the Hornets and win 33-14 last Friday night, Nov. 8.

The Hornets finished the season 2-5 in Region 5-AAAAAA and 4-6 overall, while the Raiders go into the state playoffs with a 6-4 record, 5-2 in region play.

Roswell took the lead on a 12-yard pass from James Whitaker to Kendall Smith, but breakdowns in the Hornets’ punting game resulted in two Walton touchdowns early in the third period.

A 45-yard return set up Walton’s first touchdown, with the second coming on a 55-yard return. Roswell coach John Ford said the Hornets struggled throughout the season on special teams, with the team having to turn to a back-up punter for the Walton game.

Walton added two more touchdowns and a safety before the Hornets scored on a 57-yard run by Sheldon Evans in the final period.