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Lambert vs Etowah Game Recap
Lambert opened its 2012 gridiron campaign with a less-than-artistic 14-7 conquest of Etowah on the Eagles’ home field. The Longhorns constructed a 14-0 advantage by tallying all of its markers in the second stanza and then was forced to hold off a determined Etowah club in the waning moments of the frenzied affair.
Eagles senior quarterback Reeves Johnson was poised for a tying touchdown after Lambert punter, Brock Maxwell, shanked a kick that went out of bounds in front of the Etowah bench on the Lambert 38 yard line with 4:52 left to play in the game. Reeves, whose passing prowess was on display all evening and had produced the Eagles’ lone score via a 30 yard strike in the third period to senior teammate Bryce Coroi, began moving his squad downfield.
Although senior defensive back Danny Edgeworth and sophomore strong safety Will Dunavant had each broken up passes to intended receivers, Reeves was aided by a Lambert offsides penalty that placed the ball at the Lambert 22 yard line. From there he quickly connected with John Oliver and Alston Duncan on successive plays for a first down on the Lambert 15 with little more than two minutes remaining.
Following two straight errant tosses by Reeves perhaps the top defensive stops in the game came in the next two consecutive plays thus saving the day for Lambert. Facing a 3rd and 10 situation at the Lambert 15 yard line Reeves faded back for another pass only to find Longhorn junior defensive lineman Conner McCann rushing frantically toward him. His hurried throw to Duncan sailed wide and on the next play he overthrew Oliver who was covered closely by Austin Eason and Vito Teng.
Now with only 1:52 showing on the scoreboard clock Lambert would need a first down in order to keep possession and deny Etowah another opportunity. Led by Daniel Myers (2 yds.), Reid Gill (5 yds.) and Maxwell (3 yds.) the first down at the Lambert 25 yard line was secured by inches and enabled Maxwell to take a knee three straight times in order to seal the win.
The two teams finished the first quarter in a scoreless tie before Lambert broke through with a two yard run by Maxwell, the Lambert quarterback. The Longhorns had recovered a blocked Etowah punt on the four yard line two plays earlier before reaching pay dirt. Maxwell’s conversion made the score 7-0 with 7:47 to play in the half.
The second Lambert score came with just 1:10 to go in the half as Maxwell connected with senior wide receiver T. J. Russell on a dazzling 75 yard pass play in which Russell fought off his defender twice before being tackled on the one yard line. Maxwell’s quarterback sneak from the half yard line two plays later made it 14-0.
For the game Russell amassed 163 receiving yards and hooked up with Maxwell late in the first period on an 83 yard bomb that began on the Lambert one. Several penalties and a busted play pushed the ball from the Etowah 16 to the 40 where the drive ended with another Maxwell punt.
“Our boys played hard,” admitted Longhorns head coach, Sid Maxwell. “We had to make plays and take care of the ball.”
Maxwell had praise for his vanquished opponent while realizing what his team must do in order to claim victory. “Etowah is a physical team. People are determined to take things away from us. We have to execute in order to be successful.” The lackluster contest was marred by a total of 14 penalties between the two teams.
Next up for Lambert is a home encounter with Roswell on Friday night. The Hornets toppled cross town rival, Centennial, in its opener by a convincing 42-13 margin. It will be Elementary School Night as Lambert attempts to keep its winning ways intact in its initial home match.