2013 Football Preview: Lambert Longhorns plan to focus on defense

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SUWANEE, Ga.––Coach Sid Maxwell of the Lambert Longhorns knows how to rebuild a program from scratch.

This is the second time Maxwell has built a football program; he was Sequoia’s first head coach as well as Lambert’s first head coach.

Maxwell’s plan for success is balance on both sides of the ball: moving the chains on offense and an aggressive defense that keeps the opponents off the field.

“I have been in the business for many years,” Maxwell said, “I believe in a strong defense and an offense that can move the chains and run the clock out in any way possible, we access every matchup and use it to our advantage.”

The team looks forward to bounce back after a 5-5 record in 2012.

Jordyn Jean-Felix, a senior safety, said the team is in a good place this year.

“We have 8 starters returning on Defense,” said Jean-Felix “our unit is the best in the county and if any receiver thinks they can burn me in coverage they are dead wrong we have a solid defensive backfield.”

The offensive line is also a position of strength for the Longhorns in 2013.

Senior center Kevo Yeremian said the line will be tough to beat this season.

“We are going to be a young line, but we are better equipped to operate our new offense,” said Yeremian. “We will operate out of the spread and this will help us because our quarterback will be more involved and it will enhance our chemistry with the line and allow us to mesh together and control the game.”

Jake Chickowski, senior guard and defensive tackle, said he is looking forward to leave his mark on both lines this fall.

“I’m glad I get to play on both sides of the ball,” said Chickowski. “We return all four starters on the D-line and our offensive line is meshing well playing both sides allows me to stay in shape and play both positions effectively.”

Senior tight end and defensive end Chris Lay, one of the most celebrated players on the Longhorn’s roster has given a verbal commitment to Auburn University this year and will graduate early in December to join his new team. Lay said the commitment is a blessing because he can focus on the present.

“My commitment has allowed me to take the stress off the season for me,” said Lay. “I found my new home at Auburn and now I can fully concentrate on the success of Lambert this fall, I don’t have to worry about where I will be going.”

Lay also said he plans to help his team succeed on both sides of the ball.

“I will be a tight end at the next level, but I am really excited about playing defensive end too,” said Lay “I believe I can do really well and I want to help my school win football games.”

For more information, visit www.lambertfootball.com.