Three local teams — Forsyth Central, North Forsyth and Pinecrest Academy — had byes.
All return to action Friday, when the lineup includes Hillgrove at North, Chattahoochee at Central and Trion at Pinecrest.
JOHNS CREEK — It had been nearly two calendar years since 2010 state Class AAAA champion Chattahoochee had tasted defeat.
Thanks to the clock-digesting, power-running game and merciless pass rush of Lambert, the Cougars saw their 16-game win streak — dating back to an Oct. 30, 2009, loss against North Forsyth — come to an end as the Longhorns prevailed 24-7.
Head coach Sid Maxwell’s offensive game plan coming in was simple: control the ball, win the time of possession battle and keep the Cougars’ speedy offensive skill players either watching from the sideline or playing defense.
Behind a stalwart offensive line performance, running back Daniel Myers (28 carries, 160 yards), flanker Brock Maxwell (11 carries, 110 yards, 2 TD) and quarterback David Broadus (12 carries, 67 yards, TD) executed that strategy with virtually no flaws.
Like its offensive counterparts, the Lambert defensive line wreaked havoc. The Longhorns tallied five sacks and held Chattahoochee to 46 yards rushing.
Next up for Lambert (2-0) is a visit from Creekview before facing South Forsyth on Sept. 16.
* Woodland 55, South Forsyth 23
CARTERSVILLE — South Forsyth fell behind early and was never able to catch up to Woodland, which pulled away for a 55-23 victory.
For the War Eagles, it was really just a case of not being able to handle Woodland's new spread offense which amassed 606 yards.
"We were able to get back in it a couple times," said South head coach Jeff Arnette. "But every time we would draw a bit closer, they would hit a big play. Our defense just could not slow them down."
Running back Hunter Beeghley paced South’s offense, carrying the ball 17 times for 128 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 51 yards and another score.
Quarterback Jantzen Jeffrey had 135 yards passing and a rushing touchdown.
South (1-1) has a bye week before welcoming Lambert on Sept. 16.
* West Forsyth 33, Cherokee 9
CANTON — West Forsyth head coach Frank Hepler was confident in his 13-9 halftime lead over Cherokee, but he wasn’t satisfied. And he knew his team wasn’t either.
“I told these guys … I trust you. You come out in the second half and just play our kind of football and we’re going to be all right,” Hepler said. “And that’s what they did.”
The Wolverines responded by scoring 20 unanswered points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, on their way to a 33-9 victory.
The offense was led by quarterback AJ Erdely (5-11, 92 yards, TD) and running back Blake Roberts (14 carries, 162 yards and 2 TD).
West defenders Conner Moore and Drew Robbins each returned an interception for a touchdown.
For complete coverage of all the action, see the next edition of the Forsyth County News.