Running back Daniel Myers led the way offensively in Lambert’s 41-7 victory over Forsyth Central at the Horn, rushing for 167 yards on 17 carries and scoring two touchdowns.
Lambert (5-0, 5-0 Region 7-AAAA) remains unblemished at the halfway point of its season ahead of Friday’s region showdown with Johns Creek.
The temptation to look ahead to the Gladiators, homecoming week distractions and unprecedented wrinkles from the Bulldogs (1-4, 1-4) didn’t appear to be issues for the Horns.
Lambert piled up 543 yards of offense to Central’s 188 and produced 18 first downs.
Quarterback David Broadus completed 10 of 21 passes for 139 yards and two scores, and wing back Brock Maxwell rushed seven times for 94 yards and caught one of those touchdown tosses.
The Longhorns punished Central with a season-high 404 rushing yards on 49 attempts, good for 8.24 yards per carry.
Central took to the air much more than normal with some success, but botched plays continue to haunt the Bulldogs.
Quarterback Spencer Transue completed 10 of 18 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown to Kurt Osgood.
It was the fourth time this season Lambert’s allowed a single touchdown.
Johns Creek’s overtime loss to Chattahoochee means a victory over the Gladiators would put Lambert in the region driver’s seat. The Longhorns beat Hooch 24-7 early in the season.
After two weeks on the road, Central is at home Friday against Cass.
* Northview 39, North Forsyth 13
The North Forsyth Raiders hoped last week’s sky-high feeling from beating Roswell would carry into the homecoming game against Northview.
Instead, the Titans yanked the Raiders back to earth. Rolling up 318 yards of total offense in the first two quarters, Northview built a 30-0 halftime lead en route to a 39-13 victory at Raider Valley.
“We did not execute well at all,” said North head coach Blair Armstrong. “We’re young, but we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
One week after winning their first game of the season on a last-minute touchdown against the defending Region 6-AAAAA champs, the Titans struck early and often against the Raiders (1-5 overall, 1-1 Region 6-AAAAA).
The Raiders reached the end zone in the second half. North’s Eric Fitzgerald intercepted Evan Jacks on the first play after halftime. Luke Slaton scored on a 5-yard run two plays later.
The Raiders (1-5, 1-1) are off Friday before opening a tough three-game stretch away from Raider Valley, starting Oct. 14 at county rival West Forsyth.
* Alpharetta 27, West Forsyth 14
ALPHARETTA — West’s game with Alpharetta could well decide the Region 6-AAAAA championship.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, the spread attack of Alpharetta proved to be too much for its young defense as the Wolverines fell 27-14.
For West it was about resilience, as the defense forced two big turnovers in the first half to stay in the game, but ultimately the Wolverines didn’t have the firepower to match the Raiders.
"We played tentative and then tight early," said West head coach Frank Hepler said. "Maybe it took us too long to adjust to seeing the spread for the first time this year and that's on me, but our kids fought and we hung in the game."
West managed points on just one of three possessions it started in Alpharetta territory.
Next up for West (5-1, 1-1) is a visit Friday from Northview.
* Fellowship Christian 21, Pinecrest Academy 14
ROSWELL — Pinecrest’s offense found the end zone for the first time in weeks, but it wasn’t enough for the team to cap off a rally.
While quarterback Jimmy Strom led Pinecrest to two touchdowns in the second half, Fellowship Christian picked up some insurance points in the fourth quarter and held on for a 21-14 victory.
Led by a string of running backs, Fellowship Christian’s 209 rushing yards was the crucial difference in a matchup of two sets of Paladins.
“We made a few mental mistakes, like the pass they got for the touchdown, that kind of hurt us,” said Pinecrest head coach Charles Wiggins.
“But the boys played hard, and we’ll just go on to the next game.”
The next game for Pinecrest (2-4, 0-3) is at home Thursday against Pace Academy.
* Sequoyah 24, South Forsyth 17
South Forsyth jumped out to an early lead, but was outscored 17-7 in the second half in dropping a 24-17 decision to Sequoyah on homecoming night at War Eagle Field.
“You’ve got to give it to Sequoyah, they never quit,” said South head coach Jeff Arnette. “Got down 10-0, it looked bad, and they held in there and came back and won the game.
“We just didn’t seem to make a play when we needed it, and they did.”
South built an early lead via a 38-yard Brandon McKee field goal and 5-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jantzen Jeffrey, and led 10-7 at the half.
Tied at 17 in the fourth quarter, the teams traded punts before Sequoyah’s Blake Ingleton ripped off a 69-yard scoring run.
South (2-3, 2-3) travels Friday to Cherokee County to face Creekview.
For complete coverage of all the games, see the next edition of the Forsyth County News.