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Football: Lambert edges Peachtree Ridge behind strong defensive performance
Lambert linebacker Patrick Deans celebrates after making a play during the Longhorns' game against Peachtree Ridge on Sept. 7, 2018 at Peachtree Ridge High School. - photo by Kevin O'Brien

By Eric McDonald

For the Forsyth County News

In the first ever meeting between the two schools, the Lambert Longhorns defeated the Peachtree Ridge Lions in the Lions’ home opener, 7-0.

The Longhorns has its best start (3-1) since 2015 in non-region play and its the first shutout of the season.

“In the past two weeks we have been tough enough to win these ball games” Said Lambert head coach, Louis Daniel, “We could play with so much potential, but we have to hold ourselves accountable as coaches to push our players to play to their potential, and we are not there yet.”

The Longhorns capitalized late in the first quarter with a three-play, 49-yard drive that ended with Payton Rich connecting with Drew Dockter for a 37-yard touchdown.

Rich was 10 of 14 for 108 yards in the first half (133 yards total passing) with one touchdown pass and one interception on the night.

The Longhorns got quite a scare in the next series of the Lions possession when running back Azriell Mitchell took the handoff and went 67 yards for the touchdown, but the score was nullified by a holding call on the Lions.

A significant factor in the game was the Longhorn defense, which held the Lions offense to only 137 yards of total offense the entire game, including a field goal block by the Longhorns at the start of the second quarter.

“I love the way our defense is playing,” Daniel said.

Defensive end, Gallil Guillaume led the Longhorn defense with eight tackles, three quarterback pressures, four sacks and one forced fumble, which he recovered.

“We had a play as a unit,” said Guilliaume. “We had to believe in each other and play hard on every down.”

The Longhorns have scored 79 points with three wins to start the season. Daniel isn’t satisfied, though, and expects harder challenges going forward. After next week’s bye, Lambert faces Lanier, whom the Forsyth school lost to last year.

“The games that we got from this point on is going to get harder.” Daniel said. “We have to get better.”