By MacKenzie Bates
For the Forsyth County News
Lambert sophomore running back Zach Ogbogu plays a lot of Madden. One of his preferred moves is running a wheel route with a running back and beating the slower linebackers.
That play happened just the way he drew it up on the field on Friday as part of a three-score night, as Ogbogu helped Lambert defeat Chattahoochee 42-14 on homecoming night.
Ogbogu scored on a 42-yard pass in the first quarter, a 27-yard rush in the second and a 60-yard scamper in the third quarter.
“I just try to run the ball and do anything I can to help this team out,” Ogbogu, who finished with 147 yards of total offense, including 105 yards on the ground on six carries said.
“Zach’s a special talent,” Longhorns head coach Louis Daniel said. “I don’t always know if Zach knows he’s a special player, but he made a couple of cuts and runs tonight, and that’s what we need from him.”
Ogbogu was part of a collective unit that rushed for 227 yards on 28 carries. Jake Rising had 9 carries for 89 yards. Quarterback Peyton Rich completed 10-of-18 passes for 167 yards and tossed two touchdowns – one to Ogbogu and the other to Braden Bamburowski late in the first quarter.
“Our offensive line got a really good push going early,” Rich said. “Bam ran a really good vertical route and then Zach was able to take advantage of some busted coverage.
Lambert would score on five of its first seven possessions.
A Peyton Rich pass of 26 yards to Blake Nichols set up Galil Guillaume for a 5-yard touchdown just a few minutes in to the game.
Guilluame would have another 5-yard score to give Lambert a 35-0 lead at halftime.
Equally as impressive was the Longhorn defense, which gave up only one score in the first three quarters.
Cougar running back Max Webb scored on a 1-yard plunge after a long drive to start the second half.
Webb finished with 11 carries on 49 yards.
“They have some really good athletes (Max Webb and quarterback Damon Stewart, who had a 46-yard touchdown in the 4th quarter),” Nathan Smith said. “(Max) was short and you have to hit him low. We were flying to the ball and that was key for us on defense.”
Lambert outgained Chattahoochee 394-309.
“We got behind and we have to find a passion and spark to either slow that down or get back in front of that,” Chattahoochee coach Vince Strine said. “We’ve got some work to do but Lambert is a really good football team.”
For now, Daniel, Ogbogu and the rest of the Longhorns will enjoy the homecoming festivities this weekend. Then it’s off to Gainesville next week for a showdown with the Red Elephants.