The Lake, Lake, Lake, Lake, Lake Show powers Byrd

By ROY LANG III, Journal Sports

Lake Lambert ripped off a 97-yard touchdown run 3 minutes into Byrd’s second-round playoff game against Alexandria on Friday night at Lee Hedges Stadium. 

And that was just the beginning. 

Subsequent scoring runs of 56, 19, 34 and 50 yards highlighted one incredible evening for the Yellow Jackets’ senior and his team, who eliminated the Trojans, 49-10.

“I don’t think (ASH) knew what he could do, obviously,” Byrd head coach Stacy Ballew said. “He was running up and down the field. I’m trying to talk to linebackers, then all of the sudden, it’s time for kickoff again. I don’t know what all he did, I didn’t see it all, but he was running up and down the field.”      

Lambert compiled 267 rushing yards on just eight carries.

“The job is not finished. I’d like a ring on my finger whenever we are talking about records,” Lambert said after posting the sixth-most rushing yards in a game in Byrd history.    

Pearce Russell, Benton

Was locked in one heck of a receiver duel with Denham Springs’ Camron Eirick (six catches, 158 yards, three TDs) on Friday night. Russell completed an incredible season with five catches for 154 yards – all receptions of at least 15 yards — and a touchdown.

On the year, Russell finished with 91 receptions for 1,691 yards. He scored 19 touchdowns. 

Abram Wardell, Calvary

The Cavaliers quarterback completed 18 of 23 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s 52-0 whitewashing of Northlake Christian on Friday.

Wardell found seven different receivers in the second-round playoff game and four different players for the touchdowns. 

Mason Welch, Northwood

The Falcons’ foray into the Select playoffs started with a bang. Welch set the tone with a 70-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and, when Northwood needed to finish the job, added a 6-yard touchdown pass to Marc Dennison and another scoring run (4 yards) in the fourth quarter. 

Greg Manning, Benton

An absolute workhorse in Friday’s second-round game against Dunham Springs. Manning had 37 touches – 33 carries for 104 yards and three catches for 19 yards.

His 1-yard touchdown run marked his 33rd trip to the end zone of the season – 26 rushing, seven receiving. The junior completed his 2022 season with 1,445 rushing yards.

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