Jackets’ Lambert signs with The Citadel

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BHS ace kicker to play for Bulldogs

By Robert Howey

Buford High School senior kicker Wade Lambert will be getting his future kicks at The Citadel.
Lambert, a football, soccer and basketball letterman for the Jackets, made it official Wednesday morning, signing with the Bulldogs of the Southern Conference in the BHS media center.
Lambert signed his national letter of intent in front of family, friends and BHS coaches.
He has a special link to the Charleston military school since his grandfather, the late Dr. Fred Lambert, graduated at The Citadel.
“The Citadel is a good school with a strong reputation,” Wade Lambert said. “When I visited there, I liked the campus and I was also impressed with the football program.
“The Citadel has a new coach and I feel it’s a program on the rise,” he said. “They won the conference championship last season, went to the playoffs and beat South Carolina.”
Lambert played a key role in the Jackets’ season, which included a 6-5 record and a Class AA Upper State playoff berth last season.
Buford’s 6-5 mark was its first winning season since the 2009 campaign.
“Wade worked hard to be able to contribute and play a key role in our success last season,” BHS coach Tripp Watts said. “If he keeps up that work, he’s going to make an impact at The Citadel.
“He did an outstanding job for us and I look for him to continue that at the next level.”
Lambert, in his BHS football career, hit 15-22 field goals, with his longest a 38-yarder. He made 69 of 76 extra points.
Lambert, in his senior campaign, had 20 touchbacks on 50 kickoffs. He made 36-39 extra points and drilled six of eight field goals.
Lambert, as a junior, was 7-10 on field goals, 16 of 19 on extra points, with seven touchbacks. He averaged 35.7 yards a punt, with his longest 60 yards.
He reaped all-region honors for three seasons and was a three-time selection to The Lancaster News all-county football team.
“Wade has a strong leg and he was a solid weapon for us,” Watts said. “He will be tough to replace next season. Wade taking his game to the next level is a major plus for our football program and we wish him the best.”