Lambert at Northview
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Northview Stadium in Duluth.
Records, rankings: Lambert is 3-3 overall, 3-2 in Region 6-AAAAAA and unranked; Northview is 5-1, 4-1 and unranked.
Series history: Series tied, 1-1.
Last meeting: Northview won 16-12 in 2013.
What to know: Friday’s game in Duluth will pit two teams seemingly headed in different directions. Lambert has won two straight, albeit over two teams that are a combined 0-10 in Region 6-AAAAAA, while Northview played by far its worst game of the season in last Friday’s 33-8 loss at South Forsyth in which the Titans failed to score a point on offense. The Longhorns have found more success on offense with Drew Cole at quarterback; Cole gives Lambert a running threat at the position, similar to what Tucker Maxwell brought last season. It remains to be seen how well Lambert can throw the ball — South threw for more than 200 yards on Northview last week as the Titans loaded up the box to stop running back Tyler LaFlamme. Northview likely will do the same against the Horns until Louis Daniel’s team proves it can move the ball through the air.
The formula for South last week on defense was early pressure on Northview quarterback DJ Pearson, leading to five sacks of the elusive 6-foot-3 senior, so that he could not stand in the pocket and pick the War Eagles apart. Titans receiver Matty Biondich was on crutches for last Friday’s game. Lambert’s Trevon McSwain, Will Dunavant and the rest of the defensive line have a tough task in front of the. The Longhorns need to be sound tacklers against the Northview perimeter screens that Pearson likes to throw to get the ball in the hands of his make-you-miss receivers and running backs.