CANTON, Ga. — Lambert earned its first win of the season with a 28-0 win over Cherokee (0-4) Friday night on the road.
The Longhorns (1-2) forced multiple turnovers, returned a block punt for a touchdown and held Cherokee’s woeful offense to under 100 total yards in the shutout.
“We took advantage of the opportunities we had and played physical,” Lambert head coach Louis Daniel said. “We’re getting better every week, but we still made a lot of mistakes.”
Daniel said he wasn’t “thrilled” with his offenses’ performance, but that he has seen improvements made in the first three games.
Quarterback Bobby Gabriel accounted for two touchdown passes with back Marcus Chattelain finding the end zone on the ground.
Three of Lambert’s touchdowns, including a blocked punt returned by Steven Majors for a touchdown, came in succession in the second quarter.
Cherokee’s offensive struggles of the season continued Friday night. The Warriors entered the game having put up just six points in three games. Against Lambert, they managed just one first down in the first half.
“The defensive staff did a good job with the game plan and Cherokee struggled,” Daniel said. “I think [the defense] played around 50 snaps, and we can play anybody defensively around that number.”
Even with the win, the Longhorns will need to focus on improvement, Daniel said
“The secondary is improving every week,” he said. “That area was a concern early on but they are playing at a much higher level.”
The offensive line is also showing improvement, but not at the rate the Longhorns would like, Daniel said.
Those positions will get a test this Friday as the Longhorns host Lanier (1-2).
“Lanier is very athletic and physical on defense,” Daniel said. “It’s going to be a struggle.”
“I expect a physical game and I don’t see it being a high-scoring affair.”