Lambert put up a strong showing against Class AAAAA power Grayson in the first half before getting overmatched in the second half, losing 28-7 at home Friday in the Longhorns’ last of two scrimmages before their season-opener next week at Lanier.
Lambert struck first with a 25-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Richie Kenney to senior tight end Sam Fleming. Grayson took just over 1:00 to tie the game with a 66-yard run by senior receiver Demetrius Mason. Then, less than four minutes into the second quarter, Grayson took the lead for good on a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown.
“You get behind early to them, you make some mistakes, and they make you pay,” said Lambert head coach Louis Daniel.
Lambert knew what they were getting into coming into the game, and they knew that Grayson would show them what they need to work on to get better.
“Grayson is a great team,” said Kenney. “We need to set our standards to try and compete with them. Our offense did OK. [We] have lots to improve on. We learned a lot, but we have lots to improve on still.”
Grayson was led by a strong performance from Mason who had four catches for 68 yards and a touchdown, as well as two carries for 83 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore running back Nick Prince also played well, gaining 62 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.
“Tonight, we did a lot of good things; we competed,” said Daniel. “We played pretty well early, [but] they’re a good football team. Coach Conn does a great job with his staff; they’re solid.”
Daniel says he preaches consistency a lot at practice, and says that he does not feel that his team did a good job of that in the scrimmage.
“We had a couple of breakdowns early,” said Daniel, “but we did some good things. We moved the ball pretty well in the first half, but then we got to talking. Every time I talk, I talk about consistency. We’ve got to be more consistent. We’re not playing consistent enough.”
Daniel says the next step for the team will be to get back in the film room and see where they can improve.
Lambert sophomore running back Ken Dicks led the Longhorns’ running game with 21 yards on nine carries, and of the eight different receivers that caught a pass, junior receiver Jaryd Jean-Felix led the receiving core with three catches for 37 yards.
Grayson also had an eight-yard touchdown run by senior running back Ernest Tiller. The Rams junior quarterback, Chase Brice, ended the game completing 10 of 18 passes for 151 yards.