Friday the 13th wasn’t kind to Lambert.
The Longhorns committed seven turnovers — six fumbles and one interception — and had 11 penalties for 75 yards as Northview earned a stunning 16-12 come-from-behind win on Friday night at The Horn.
"You can’t play like that and win at football," said Sid Maxwell, Lambert head coach. "Just too many mistakes. We’re going to have to regroup and just evaluate, and obviously after three games, we’ll have to go some other direction."
With 3:14 left in the fourth quarter and Northview down to its last timeout, all Lambert needed was a first down to seal the game. Instead, the Longhorns (1-2, 0-0) fumbled on third down after running past the first down marker, giving Northview (1-1, 0-0) the ball on the Lambert 35 with just over two minutes.
D.J. Pearson (25-for-38, 231 passing yards) connected with Ricci Nuckles for four yards before finding Nuckles two plays later with a 24-yard reception to put the ball at the Lambert 1. The Titans called a direct snap to Devan Johnson who punched it in with only 34.6 seconds remaining, giving Northview a 16-12 lead after the failed two-point conversion.
Lambert’s final attempt didn’t last long following the kickoff, as a deep lateral pass on first down was intercepted to give Northview the win.
"We were not very good offensively, but what we did do was give ourselves chances," said Chad Davenport, Northview head coach. "We got a good quarterback and he just made plays and our defense has improved so much since last year that they just kept giving us shots and giving us shots and giving us shots. They fumbled and we took advantage; that’s high school football."
After a scoreless first quarter, Lambert took a 9-0 lead midway through the second quarter on a 60-yard touchdown run from Tucker Maxwell (12 carries, 98 rushing yards) around the right end and tacked on two more points after Northview’s center snapped the ball over Pearson’s head, causing a safety.
Lambert took the ensuing punt and marched the ball down to the 35, but the Titans forced a fumble on fourth down. Pearson took a deep shot downfield and connected with Matty Biondich (10 catches for 144 yards) for a 63-yard touchdown with 1:09 left.
The Longhorns then turned the ball over for a third time on a failed zone read handoff at their own 44. The defense held Northview out of the end zone, but Issaac Hart squeaked in a 31-yard field goal as time expired to send the Titans in the locker room with a 10-9 advantage.
Northview couldn’t find its groove in the third quarter, as the Longhorns held the offense to only 18 total yards, led by linebacker Dillon Alexander (3 sacks, 1 TFL).
Lambert moved the ball three more times in Northview territory, including a 57-yard pass from Hayden McLeod to Maxwell at the 13, but only came away with three points after a 35-yard field goal by Tanner Hall, giving Lambert a 12-10 lead with 1:42 left in the third.
"We played tough and our defense held our own," Alexander said. "It was just a defensive game and they prevailed at the end, but we’ve got South [Forsyth] next week, so we’ve got to step it up."