By Mackenzie Bates
For the Forsyth County News
It was the final regular season game for Milton senior quarterback Jordan Yates, and he wanted to leave fans with fond memory.
Lambert could do little to stop Yates in its matchup with the Eagles on Friday night as he rushed for 170 yards on seven carries and scored four touchdowns. He also threw for 144 yards and two scores as the Eagles defeated Lambert 57-7. The win clinched the region title for Milton.
Milton (7-2, 4-0 Region 5-7A) was the aggressor from the opening possession. Yates found Holden Shaw for a 41-yard touchdown to lead 7-0 in the first two minutes of the game.
After the two teams traded interceptions, Yates scored on a 19-yard scamper. Milton then recovered an onside kick, allowing a 28-yard run by Yates.
“We can’t coach what that kid can do,” Milton head coach Adam Clack said. “He makes our coaches look good and smart, and he deserves this moment.”
Yates got going on his feet again after a Longhorn three-and-out, breaking tackles on his way to a 38-yard touchdown.
“They say, ‘if you’ve been around long enough, you’ve seen everything’ and this was a first,” Lambert coach Louis Daniel said. “I don’t even know if we gave ourselves a chance. A couple of bad snaps, a special teams snafu. It was tough.”
Daniel praised the Georgia Tech commit for his performance.
“They’ve done an excellent job with him over the past couple of years,” Daniel said. “He’s a special talent. He runs and throws it well. Their offensive line was really good tonight. The receivers did a good job of getting open. They’ve got a fine football team.”
The Eagles would get a safety on the next possession to take a 30-0 lead after the opening quarter.
Lambert (3-6, 0-4) had trouble holding on to the football all night. Jack Rhodes picked up a Longhorn fumble deep inside its own territory to get another touchdown. Lambert’s lone bright spot in the first half was a Peyton Rich 50-yard pass to John Thompson.
The Longhorns would get on the board in the fourth quarter on a Rich 13-yard pass to Parker Brosius. Rich was 8-of-12 for 133 yards and a touchdown. Brosius had 54 yards on three catches. Thompson earned 61 yards on three receptions.
Milton’s offensive unit compiled 512 yards of total offense, including 357 on the ground. Ahmad Junearick-Echols had 116 yards and a touchdown, a 57-yard run in the fourth quarter.
“There’s only a couple of times this year where I felt like we’ve put it together from start to finish offensively,” Clack said. “All week we talked about improve our process. The boys had their best week of prep and executed.”
Lambert will close out the regular season at home against Forsyth Central.
“We have to give these seniors a good week of practice and give them a good opportunity to play a competitive game next week,” Daniel said. “I love this group, and we have a chance to go out and compete one more week. As a staff, we’re going to do all we can to give these kids their best chance next week.”