CUMMING, Ga. - For the second straight game, the Centennial Knights built a sizeable first-half lead against a Region 6-AAAAAA playoff contender.
But the Knights were again unable to protect their lead, losing 24-23 last Friday night, Oct. 11, at Lambert after going ahead 21-3 in the first half. Centennial was up 24-7 in its previous game against West Forsyth before also losing.
“We made a couple of mistakes in the second half and that doomed us,” Centennial coach Jeff Carlberg said. “They hit one big ball and had a drive before the half, but other than that, we played really well. Their other touchdown was after we fumbled on our 20.”
The Knights ran the ball effectively in the first half, putting together drives that ended in three touchdowns - a pass from Tee Holland to Caden Herring and scoring runs by Marvin Taylor and Patrick Inwood.
Carlberg said Lambert “made some adjustments and loaded up the box in the second half, and we did not run as well. We had a couple of plays that just missed that would have changed the game.”
The Longhorns scored twice in the third quarter to take the lead, and took a safety late in the game for the final score.
Starting quarterback Matthew Harries, who has been sidelined with a thumb injury, returned to action at safety. Carlberg said Harries played well, while Alex Estes and Chris Calhoun “were lights out,” in leading a strong defensive effort by the Knights.
- Mike Blum