Lambert 31, North Forsyth 6
Lambert 3 0 14 14–31
North Forsyth 0 3 0 3–6
L: FG 24 Hall, 8:17
NF: FG 27 Whitten, 0:00
L: O’Brien 4 run (kick good), 6:12
L: Cole 17 pass to Hall (kick good), 1:30
L: Cole 1 run (kick good), 9:56
L: Wicher 65 fumble return (kick good), 5:57
NF: FG 39 Whitten, 1:33
Lambert spoiled homecoming night for North Forsyth, on its way to a 31-6 victory on Friday.
There was not a lot of offense in the first half.
Lambert (2-3, 2-2 in Region 6-AAAAAA) drew first blood on their opening possession. After the Longhorns got backed up to 3rd-and-35, Trevor O’Brien broke a 74-yard run inside the Raiders’ 20-yard line. They ended up settling for a 24-yard field goal from Tanner Hall to go up 3-0. Lambert managed just 31 more yards of offense the rest of the first half.
North Forsyth (0-5, 0-4) didn’t record a first down until the two-minute mark of the second quarter.
The Raiders finally drew even when junior Jacob Whitten hit a 27-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.
"I thought we played well from the start," Lambert senior Adison Schimmelpfennig said. "But we were just getting in our own way. We kept shooting ourselves in the foot. But overall I thought the defense played solid. We came out in the second half and fixed some of our mistakes."
This game proved to be a tale of two halves. And turnovers were what did the Raiders in.
"Our game plan didn’t change a great deal in the second half, we just started executing better," Lambert head coach Louis Daniel said. "We were actually moving the ball pretty well but penalties kept backing us up."
After going back-and-forth on the first couple possessions of the second half, North’s Cody Dwyer fumbled the exchange, and Lambert took over at midfield.
The Longhorns capitalized, going 51 yards in five plays and punching it in with a 4-yard touchdown run from O’Brien. O’Brien finished the game with 20 carries for 128 yards and a touchdown.
North fumbled again on its ensuing drive, this time on its own 27 yard-line, and Lambert’s Kyle Connor was there to pounce on it. Lambert took advantage of the opportunity once again. This time Drew Cole connected with Tanner Hall for an acrobatic 17-yard touchdown reception to put the Longhorns up 17-3 late in the third.
The final nail was put in the Raiders’ coffin when they were driving midway through the fourth quarter. North was staring at a 4th-and-10, when quarterback Jacob Bailey was sacked from behind and had the ball knocked loose. Lambert’s Brad Whicher was there to scoop it up and take it 65 yards for a score to put the Longhorns up 31-3.
North managed to turn Lambert over once in the first half, but three turnovers of their own in the second half was too much to overcome.
"In the first half we played our brand of football," North head coach Jason Galt said. "We didn’t do that in the second half. We didn’t even have many penalties, we just turned the ball over. When you’re a running team and you turn the ball over, your chances of winning go way down."
It’s safe to say neither coach was ecstatic with how their teams performed, but it’s much easier to swallow on the Lambert sideline walking away with a victory.
"Our guys competed," Daniel said. "But I want to see us play four quarters of football. We played two good quarters against Lanier, two good quarters against Centennial, two good quarters against Johns Creek and then two good quarters tonight. Going forward, we need to finish and just play a full game of football."