SUWANEE — It was all Gary Davison could do to hold the Lambert fans off the field until the final horn sounded.
Davison, principal at Lambert, took the task with a cheek-to-cheek grin as he watched the Longhorns (23-0) throttle Greenbrier 5-0 to win the Class AAAA state championship.
“The players we have at Lambert are outstanding,” Davison said. “This is a culmination of a lot of hard work. The kids here are rock stars. Not only are they great athletes, but the team has a 3.8 GPA. I’m so proud of all of them.”
In just the program’s third year, the Longhorns capped a perfect season with the top ranking in the nation, according to the National Soccer Coaches Association.
And not only did they finish as the only boys’ soccer team in Georgia without a loss, they did it in style.
Lambert dominated the opposition. The Longhorns scored 100 goals, while opponents found the back of the net just eight times all season.
Davison also pointed to the team’s leadership.
“Coach [Chris] Wilson is not only a great coach, but he’s a great teacher,” he said. “He brings excellence out of everyone around him.”
Nobody was more proud of the players than Wilson.
“The guys went above and beyond what I expected,” he said. “This team allowed themselves to be coached. As soon as they came back for the start of the season, I told them that this wasn’t going to be a rebuilding year.
“They accepted the challenge and came focused. Lambert is their life.”
This wasn’t Wilson’s first championship win. He led the Grayson High School girls to the Class AAAAA state championship in 2007.
Before his time at the Gwinnett County school, he led Oak Mountain High of Birmingham, Ala., to the title game in 2000, 2003 and 2004.
Former Lambert soccer player Iain Smith came back to cheer the Longhorns to victory.
Smith, 18, who plays soccer at Clemson University, said Wilson is the best high school coach in the state.
“I can’t put into words right now what this win means for these guys,” Smith said. “I wish I could still play with them. They deserve it all. I know that coach Wilson gets the best out of you. He really is the best.”
Lambert freshman Houston Earnest said he has attended 95 percent of the home games this season.
Although Lambert is in its infancy as a school, Earnest said opponents respect the school’s name.
“We expect to win at Lambert,” Earnest said. “It doesn’t matter what sport we play, everyone expects to win.”