Lambert and North Forsyth entered their head-to-head matchup on Friday with two differing mentalities. The Longhorns were looking to continue their recent streak of success while the Raiders aimed to break out of an early season skid.
Led by a pounding rushing attack and a versatile quarterback, Lambert came out on top with a 42-14 win at home, extending their win streak to four games.
Lambert (4-1, 4-0 Region 6-AAAAAA) running back Brian Wright has had a spectacular start to the 2015 season and he kept up his high level of performance against North (1-4, 1-3). Wright racked up 235 rushing yards on only 13 carries to go along with two rushing touchdowns. But despite the success, Wright refused to take the credit for his monstrous day.
“Our line opened up the holes, and I would just hit them,” Wright said. “It just shows how good our team can be when we just execute, and like coach says, the sky is the limit for us.”
The highlight of Wright’s night came in the second quarter when the young rusher took the ball from his own 13-yard line and powered his way through the front seven of the Raider defense before streaking past the secondary on his way to an 87-yard touchdown dash, giving Lambert the lead, 14-0.
Quarterback Bobby Gabriel also had a game to remember, accounting for two rushing touchdowns and a passing score, which helped extend and preserve the lead for the Longhorns in the later stages of the game. Like Wright, Gabriel credited the sturdiness of his offensive line and the design of the Lambert offense
“It wasn’t really me (tonight), it was a whole team effort,” Gabriel said. “It’s a good system, me and Richie (Kenney) work really well together and we work well with the team’s style.”
The Longhorn offense surged in the third quarter, increasing their lead and taking a decisive hold of the contest. On the opening drive after halftime, Lambert needed only four plays to drive 91 yards downfield, including a 51-yard run by Wright, and scored on a 2-yard Gabriel plunge.
On his next offensive drive, Gabriel showed off the other side of his skill set as he connected with fullback Mac Redmond on a 5-yard touchdown pass, giving Lambert a 35-7 advantage.
Early on, North tied up the ballgame in the second quarter on a drive that included a 37-yard pass from Jacob Bailey to Simon Holcomb and ended in a 1-yard touchdown sneak by Bailey, tying the game at 7-7.
But after that successful North drive, Lambert would go on to rack up 28 unanswered points through the next two quarters. North would eventually reach the end-zone a second time in third quarter on a 55-yard Holcomb touchdown run, but the wide deficit was too much for the Raiders to overcome.
“I did a poor job of coaching, bottom line,” North coach Jason Galt said. “Our guys didn’t come ready to play and that’s all my fault. That’s all I can say.”
Lambert 42 North Forsyth 14
North Forsyth 0 7 7 0_14
Lambert 7 14 14 7_42
L_B. Wright 10 run (Christensen kick), 5:15
NF_Bailey 1 run (Christensen kick), 6:34
L_B. Wright 87 run (Christensen kick), 6:08
L_Gabriel 3 run (Christensen kick), 2:20
L_Gabriel 2 run (Christensen kick), 10:35
L_Redmond 5 pass from Gabriel (Christensen kick), 4:20
NF_Holcolmb 55 run (kick good), 0:00
L_Pomfret 4 run (Christensen kick), 8:39