Lake Ridge took the District of Doom by storm in 2018, leading to a shared district title and a 6A-DII area championship.
A new year in Mansfield means new faces.
A glimpse of the new-look 2019 Eagles was offered in Friday’s spring game.
Offense: QB Chandler Rogers, RB Dewone Jackson
Defense: DB Darius Houston, DB Addison McCarthur
Offense: QB AJ Hawkins, OT Caleb Rogers, WR Keylan Johnson, WR Tameron “Turbo” Derrough
Defense: DB Willie Collins
Despite losing key players on both sides of the ball, head coach Kirk Thor is confident in the development of those replacing former stars.
“We lost a lot of great players,” Thor said. “It’s hard to lose those guys. But it’s fun to see our young guys step up and say ‘It’s time to keep the tradition going.'”
A spotlight will especially be on quarterback AJ Hawkins, a rising senior replacing Southern Miss signee Chandler Rogers.
“It’s some big shoes to fill,” Hawkins said. “I’ve been prepping this whole offseason. I think we’re going to be really good next year.”
“Chandler did a great job of grooming AJ,” Thor said. “AJ has had a tremendous spring and has done a really good job for us.”
Ranked statewide as a top-50 team in 2018, Lake Ridge aims to capitalize off a 9-3 campaign.
Finishing last season with a 43-34 loss in the regional semis to Amarillo Tascosa, the Eagles look to fly to new heights in 2019. According to Thor, Lake Ridge fans have much to look forward to.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun to see what we do this year.”