The high school football season is still a couple months away, but it’s never too early to look ahead. The Forsyth County News sports department will break down one team’s schedule each day, continuing today with Lambert.
Date Opponent (2012)
Aug. 30 vs. Etowah (4-6)
Sept. 6 at Roswell (3-7)
Sept. 13 vs. Northview (3-7)
Sept. 20 at South Forsyth (4-6)
Sept. 27 at North Forsyth (3-7)
Oct. 4 Bye
Oct. 11 vs. Centennial (3-7)
Oct. 18 vs. Johns Creek (8-3)
Oct. 25 at Alpharetta (7-4)
Nov. 1 vs. Chattahoochee (7-4)
Nov. 8 at West Forsyth (10-2)
Telltale game: What better way to find out whether an offense replacing seven starters can be effective than against one of your biggest rivals? Better yet, what better way to see if your defense that returns eight starters is ready to take the next step than against a War Eagles team that returns two of the county’s top playmakers in Sam Walker and Isaiah Williams?
Gut-check stretch: Same as last season – when the calendar turned to October, Lambert was a different team. Injuries, for sure, played a huge role in the Longhorns ending the season on a five game losing streak. But the level of competition didn’t help either. Lambert’s final five opponents – Centennial, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Chattahoochee and West Forsyth – were a combined 35-20. This time, the Longhorns will get Centennial, Johns Creek and Chattahoochee at home.
Trap game: Here’s the scenario facing Lambert when it travels to North Forsyth on Sept. 27 – the Longhorns will have a bye week coming up, followed by a revenge game against Centennial who won 26-7 last season. If Lambert has any temptation to look ahead to rest and revenge, North could be trouble. The Raiders have a new head coach (Jason Galt) with a new funky offense (Double Wing) and a good amount of experience returning.
Outlook: Once again, Lambert’s early schedule sets up well for the Longhorns to discover themselves on offense (where they replace seven starters) and defense (where they return eight starters). It’s after the bye week Oct. 4 that will define Lambert’s season when it faces a stretch of opponents who went 35-20. The good news for Lambert is those teams have just as many question marks entering the season.
By the number
Increase in average points per game allowed by Lambert in 2012 from the previous season.