With 2 minutes left in the game Lambert kicker Bryce Christensen had the chance to give the Longhorns a 51-40 lead over North Forsyth, but it was wide left. That miss gave North one last chance in what was an epic shootout in Coal Mountain, but the Longhorns hung on, 48-40, to improve to 2-0 in region play.
North squandered the chance with its first three plays totaling negative five yards. With 1:43 on the clock North Forsyth needed 15 yards to keep its hopes alive. After North got temporary new life following a defensive holding, the Raiders couldn’t convert a fourth-and-5 from their own 25 and an ensuing flag was waved off, ending the game.
“The flag was for pass interference and it was clearly passer interference but it go waved off. But you can’t leave it up to one call” North coach Robert Craft said following Friday night’s loss. “When it came down to it [Lambert] made one more play.”
Lambert’s offense was unstoppable-- 42 plays tallied 564 yards of total offense. The Longhorns’ ground attack proved to be too much for North as junior running back Justin Bruno put up 305 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries.
“He’s an amazing athlete, but it wasn’t just him.” Lambert coach Louisw Daniel said. “Brian Wright also had a good game.”
Wright got in on the action, tallying 44 yards and a touchdown on only 10 carries.
On the other hand North’s offense put up 446 total yards on 53 plays. Bales went 21 for 34 with 377 yards and four touchdown against only one interception by Noah Beck. Senior wide receiver Simon Holcomb caught for 217 yards and two touchdowns.
“I can’t say more about these kids, they gave it their all till the very end and I couldn’t be happier about that,” Craft said.
Both Lambert (4-3, 2-0) and North (4-3, 1-1) will be back in action next week on the road as the Longhorns will travel down Kelly Mill to take on West Forsyth 6-1 (2-0). North will face South Forsyth (4-3, 1-1) in War Eagle Stadium.