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Football preview: Alpharetta at Lambert
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Trevon McSwain and Lambert's defense will try to slow down an Alpharetta offense led by quarterback Austin King, a North Carolina State commitment. - photo by Micah Green

Alpharetta at Lambert

When, where: Friday, 7:30 pm, at The Horn in Suwanee.

Records, rankings: Alpharetta is 2-1 overall, 2-0 in Region 6-AAAAAA and unranked; Lambert is 1-2, 1-1 and unranked.

Series history: Alpharetta leads 2-0.

Last meeting: Alpharetta won 14-12 in 2013.

What to know: Alpharetta dismantled West Forsyth 38-6 at The Den two weeks ago, taking advantage of five first-half West turnovers to race to a 24-0 halftime lead. Defensive end Andrew Butcher wreaked havoc on the Wolverine offensive line all night and North Carolina State quarterback commit Austin King threw two touchdowns. West gained just 38 first-half yards and finished with 123 total yards, including a 26-yard touchdown pass on the Wolverines’ final offensive snap. Alpharetta is favored by 21 points, according to the Maxwell projections.

Lambert’s second-half collapse last Friday at Centennial prevented an undefeated start to region play for the Longhorns, and it came in devastating fashion. Centennial scored 14 points in the final eight minutes, including a game-winning 5-yard touchdown run by Casen Conway with 1:31 remaining. Trevor O’Brien’s effort was an encouraging sign for a Lambert offense that had yet to run the ball with any success. New quarterback Seth Beer could make his debut.