Welcome to Cobb Football Friday, where hosts Brian Giffin and John Bednarowski break down all the gridiron action from Cobb County! In this episode, we dive into the thrilling clash between Walton and Carrollton, where the Raiders dominated with an impressive 56-35 victory. Unlike last year's setback, Walton controlled the game from the kickoff, securing an early 14-0 lead and never letting Carrollton get closer than seven points.
Quarterback Jeremy Hecklinski shone bright, completing 22 of 24 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Makari Bodiford added to the spectacle, rushing for a remarkable 176 yards and contributing three touchdowns. The Walton offense is rewriting the Cobb County record book, setting the stage for an exciting postseason.
Next up on the docket is the pivotal matchup between Walton and Camden County, as the Raiders aim to reach the state championship game for the first time since 2011. The Wildcats enter the fray with momentum, coming off a commanding 39-20 victory over Mill Creek. Camden's unique Wing-T offense has amassed over 3,300 rushing yards as a team, showcasing a stark contrast to their 1,300 passing yards.
The Wildcats boast a talented roster, including two-star defensive back Ja’Marley Riddle committed to East Carolina, two-star defensive lineman Denigel Cooper heading to Appalachian State, and the standout four-star tight end Elyiss Williams committed to Georgia.
Leading the charge for Camden is coach Jeff Herron, a seasoned mentor with a storied career. Herron previously guided the Wildcats to three state titles in the 2000s, including an impressive streak of 13 consecutive region titles. After a coaching journey that took him to different states and schools, Herron returned to Camden in 2021 to rebuild the program, culminating in a remarkable 10-3 record this season.
What makes this matchup even more intriguing is Herron's history, with his first head coaching stint in 1989 spent at none other than Walton. Tune in to Cobb Football Friday to get the inside scoop on this exciting semifinal showdown and hear the hosts analyze every play, highlight, and potential game-changer in the world of Cobb County football!