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Football: Longhorns trample Titans

Lambert piles up 634 yards of offense

POSTED: September 15, 2012 3:43 a.m.
Dan Furlong/For the Forsyth County News

Lambert running back James Little carries the ball against Northview on Friday in Johns Creek.

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JOHNS CREEK — Lambert unleashed its offensive frustration, and Northview was the unfortunate victim.

The Longhorns, who had totaled a modest 33 points in their first two games, set a program record for points in a 55-27 win at Northview on Friday night. Lambert’s previous best was 48 points against South Forsyth last season.

Lambert (3-0) galloped out to a 28-7 lead by scoring touchdowns on each of its first four possessions and finished with 634 yards of total offense.

Quarterback Brock Maxwell averaged more than 30 yards per completion, going 5-of-8 for 159 passing yards and two touchdowns.

"We just threw the football and completed [passes]," Lambert head coach Sid Maxwell said. "When you do that, it opens up everything. Not taking anything away from Northview, but your opponent has a lot to do with what you can do."

It took just 1:08 for the Horns to get on the board as Brock Maxwell connected with tight end Chris Laye (4 catches, 141 yards, TD) for a 51-yard touchdown pass. He followed it with a 16-yard scoring strike to Jake Stanford a short time later.

Northview (0-2) responded when Terrence Upshaw, who holds a Vanderbilt offer, found a seam along the left sideline and ran 80 yards for the touchdown, closing the gap 14-7. Upshaw was the only bright spot for Northview, as the running back racked up 232 yards and three touchdowns on just 14 carries.

But Upshaw couldn’t help the Titans’ defense, as Lambert running back Daniel Myers punched it in the end zone with a three-yard touchdown run up the middle on the Longhorns’ third possession and a two-yard touchdown run on the fourth possession, bringing the score to 28-7 to close out the first quarter.

Myers finished the game with 162 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns.

"Daniel does well and makes a lot of holes himself," Sid Maxwell said. "A lot of it too is that they had to back up a lot to guard against the pass. We had a few strikes that made the secondary stay back."

Lambert wingback Jake Stanford scored on a 13-yard fake end-around with 2:57 left in the second quarter, but the Titans responded in just 49 seconds with a 67-yard touchdown run from Upshaw.

When it looked like the Longhorns were content to drain the clock, Jake Vazquez scampered for 56 yards to the Northview 38-yard line.

After an 18 and 19-yard pass from backup quarterback Chandler Register that put Lambert on the 2 with two seconds remaining, Maxwell sent in Ryan Karjala — who won the game for Lambert last week — for an easy 19-yard field goal that brought the score to 38-14 at halftime.

"We have a pretty young football team that [is] growing and maturing and keeps getting better," Maxwell said.

Register hooked up with wide-open T.J. Russell for a 31-yard touchdown strike to open up the third quarter.

The Longhorns’ defense lost its focus near the end of the quarter, as the  Titans took advantage of a Lambert personal foul and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that put Northview on the 7-yard line. Quarterback D.J. Pearson scored on a designed run to close out the third quarter, narrowing the score to 45-21.

Karjala later hammered a 30-yard field goal and Trey LeBlanc recovered a backward pass in the end zone for a defensive touchdown.

Upshaw scored his third touchdown in the final minutes of the fourth quarter with a 60-yard touchdown run.

Lambert opens region play against rival South on Friday at The Horn.

 

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