Five of the six local high school football teams won Friday night in a wild, high-scoring seventh week of the 2010 season.
* Lambert 35, Forsyth Central 7
Lambert's defense turned in another solid performance, but with a twist. This time, the Longhorns put some points on the board too.
Zach Schlosser ran back two kickoffs for touchdowns, while replacement quarterback Brock Maxwell added two more scores on the ground, fueling the Longhorns to a 35-7 win in Cumming.
It was Lambert's second win over an in-county opponent this season.
"I'm blessed to have such a great coaching staff with coach [Travis] Mozingo and the crew," said Lambert head coach Sid Maxwell.
"A lot of those guys, we've been together for a while and the boys play hard and work the system. It's all really a credit to the staff getting them ready to play."
Central broke the shutout in the fourth quarter, taking the ball 66 yards in seven plays for a touchdown.
The drive was highlighted by a 27-yard strike from quarterback Spencer Transue to Lyle Caballes. Transue then hit Jeremy Kovach for an 11-yard score to end the drive.
"I can't say enough about our kids, how they don't quit, they never stop," said Central head coach Chris Bennett. "We've got to take that next step."
Central (0-5, 0-5) will get another chance Friday when the Bulldogs travel to Bartow County to face Cass. Lambert (4-1, 4-1) returns home to face Johns Creek.
* South Forsyth 35, Sequoyah 32
CANTON -- After falling behind 14-0 before halftime, South Forsyth appeared headed for its second loss of the season.
But the War Eagles offense took flight in the second half, scoring 21 points in the final quarter to erase a 24-14 deficit and seize a 35-32 victory on the road.
It was the first win against the Chiefs in South’s history.
“Our guys just kept battling, really fought hard in the second half, got a few big plays and were able to come out on top,” said South head coach Jeff Arnette.
War Eagles quarterback Nick Belyew threw for 234 yards in the game on 10-of-14 passing with two touchdowns. His top target was Joe Outlaw, who caught four passes for 114 yards and a score.
Kyle Travis carried the ball 21 times for 93 yards and three touchdowns.
Next up for South (4-1, 4-1) is a home game Friday against Creekview.
* North Forsyth 42, Northview 0
JOHNS CREEK -- Stuck in a losing streak, North Forsyth head coach Jared Zito wanted his players to just go out and have fun for a change.
The Raiders appeared to have plenty of that Friday night, mauling Northview from start to finish in a 42-0 win.
Quarterback Joey Vicary led a potent offense, rushing for three touchdowns and passing for another, while the defense held the Titans to just 172 total yards.
“We finally came out and showed a lot of people what kind of football team we can have in 2010,” Zito said. “Hopefully, that creates a spark for the rest of the season.”
The Raiders had just one scoring drive start outside Northview territory, with the hosts managing just 22 yards offense in the first half.
“I believe in our team,” Zito said. “We took the pressure off tonight, we just played and had fun ... and stopped worrying about all the bad things that can happen.”
North (2-4, 1-1) has a bye week before its big county and region rivalry game at home against West Forsyth on Oct. 15.
* West Forsyth 20, Alpharetta 17
Blake Roberts ran for 182 yards and two touchdowns as West Forsyth claimed a hard-fought 20-17 homecoming victory over Alpharetta.
“Anytime you get a region win it’s good,” said West Forsyth head coach Frank Hepler. “Our kids played extremely hard against a very talented Alpharetta team.”
Brandon Keith kicked two field goals, including one as time expired in the first half.
The West defense pressured Alpharetta's dual-threat quarterback, Mikal Abdul-Saboor, much of the night, particularly in the second half.
The Wolverines came up with two interceptions and several sacks while holding the Raiders well below their scoring average.
“We’re just trying to get better each week," Hepler said. "We still have a young team, a young program.”
West (5-1, 2-0) faces Northview on Friday in Johns Creek.
* Pinecrest 20, Fellowship Christian 0
Pinecrest Academy came into homecoming night still looking for its first win in the Georgia High School Association.
The team found it and, ironically enough, it came against a different group of Paladins.
Pinecrest's defense held an opponent to eight points or less for the third time this season, shutting out Fellowship Christian School in a 20-0 victory.
The defense even accounted for the first points of the game, as Paladin Joe Neiner recovered a fumble on Fellowship’s first drive and returned it five yards for a touchdown to put Pinecrest on top 6-0.
"We've been working hard all year," said Pinecrest head coach Charles Wiggins. "We knew that going into the season, our defense was going to be strong and our offense was going to struggle because of all our offensive linemen we lost."
The defense recovered a total of three fumbles and got one interception during the game. Jason Hicks and John Paul Metz recovered one fumble each, and Eric Hegeman had an interception.
Pinecrest (1-5, 1-2) travels Friday to Atlanta, where it will face Pace Academy.
-- For complete coverage of all the games, see the next edition of the Forsyth County News.