Wheeler began their 2019 campaign with a 96-yard TD return of the opening kickoff. JD Thomas took the kick 96 yards for a quick 6 points. Thomas would score another TD on their second series. The dual running attack of Deonte Richardson and JD Thomas led to a first quarter domination for the Wildcats. The Lambert Longhorns made a statement at the end of the first with a long drive to end the quarter in the red zone.
The Longhorns scored early in the second to end the shutout with the score at 21-6. The Wildcats responded quickly with Richardson ripping off a 70-yard sprint for Wheeler’s fourth TD of the half.
Lambert was walking backwards due to penalties in their second series of the second quarter. Thomas scored his third TD of the night on a 35-yard run to make it 35-6. With less than five minutes left in the second, the Longhorns threw a deep ball for a TD to bring the score to 35-13. But once again, Wheeler was ready with an answer and made it 42-13 with just over 3 minutes left in the half with another brilliant TD run by JD Thomas.
Lambert showed poise by working their way down the field with a balanced pass and run attack in the late 3rd and scoring a TD with 3 minutes left in the quarter. Special teams continued to struggle with a bobbled snap on the PAT to make the score 42-19.
In the second half the Wildcats were content to coast. Although Lambert picked off an inaccurate Wildcat pass to flip the field in their favor, the Wildcat defense was ready to keep the Longhorns from gaining any ground. Conditioning appeared to be a factor as both teams looked sloppy in the second half, and Lambert botched a couple of fourth down attempts.
Next week, the Wildcats will face the Sprayberry Yellow Jackets in North Marietta.