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Football: Lambert and West capture scrimmage wins, North falls late to Dawson County

North surrenders pair of late scores to Dawson County

North traveled to Dawson County and held close with the Tigers during its scrimmage. The game was tied 14-14 with four minutes left in the third, but a long touchdown pass put the Tigers up one score going into the backup-led fourth quarter, leading to a 28-14 Raiders loss.

“We tried to play a lot of guys,” North head coach Robert Craft said. “We feel like we had a lot of good depth to evaluate. Overall, guys played pretty hard. We were just here or there (and) missed a few plays that we’d like to have.”

Bryson Trigg tied the game at 7-7 in the first quarter with a touchdown run, and Honus Wagner added another rushing score in the third to knot the game up again. Wagner also added an interception on defense.

Lambert defense holds strong throughout against Etowah

The Longhorns engaged in a defensive battle on the road with Etowah, ultimately taking a 7-6 win in their preseason scrimmage on Friday.

Jake Rising scored the lone touchdown for Lambert on a fourth-and-1 play in the first quarter, but for the rest of the game, the offense could not punch the ball into the end zone. A 50-yard touchdown pass with six seconds left until halftime cut the Longhorn lead, but the extra point was blocked to ultimately seal the win. Second and third stringers played for the vast majority of the second half.

 “Offensively, we moved the ball real well… We had some mental errors that kept us from executing the way that we wanted to,” Lambert head coach Louis Daniel said. “Defensively we played strong. We’ve got to get back to playing our brand of football on defense, and tonight I was pleased.”

West overcomes turnovers to top Central Gwinnett

Despite turning the ball over three times in the first half, the Wolverines built a six-point halftime lead and took a 20-14 road win over Central Gwinnett.

Quarterback Blake Whitfield saw his first time under center. Kicker Parker Hannon connected on two field goals (27 and 48 yards), and Stephon Bland scored twice for the Wolverines in his first action at running back, one in each half.

“It took him a little bit to kind of get the feel for it but when he did… It’s why we moved him there,” West head coach Shawn Cahill said. “He ran with power, he ran through some people and that’s what we wanted to see from him.”