Lambert at West Forsyth
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at The Den in Cumming.
Records, rankings: Lambert is 4-3 overall, 4-2 in Region 6-AAAAAA and unranked; West is 4-3, 4-2 and unranked.
Series history: Series tied 1-1.
Last meeting: Lambert won 33-14 in 2013.
What to know: West and Lambert have been mirror images of one another this season. Both the Wolverines and Longhorns started 1-2; both have gone 3-1 since then. West pulled an upset over South last Friday; Lambert pulled an upset of its own at Northview at the same time. Both Lambert coach Louis Daniel and West coach Adam Clack feel their respective teams are starting to play to the level they’re capable of, with better execution on both sides of the ball. Drew Cole has provided some stability at quarterback for the Longhorns, allowing running back Trevor O’Brien’s numbers to tick upward. Speaking of O’Brien—the senior led the county in rushing last season at West before moving this summer to Lambert, and now returns to The Den with a chance to beat his old teammates and coaches.
West looked like a totally different team in last week’s upset at South Forsyth. The Wolverines were mostly in control from start to finish, as Hampton McConnell made throws in key situations and broke the game open with an 80-yard touchdown to Nate Schmitz. Lambert’s defense will be confident they can hold McConnell, Schmitz, Austin Reid and Grant Torgerson in check after shutting out DJ Pearson and his bevy of offensive weapons last week. A physical West defense held Matt White to 3-for-9 passing in the first half; Tyler LaFlamme got his usual 100-plus yards, but the Wolverines tackled well on the few occasions he broke past the first level.
Maxwell Projection: West by 2.