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Post-Spring 2019 Season Preview | Lake Ridge

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.

Lake Ridge 2019 Spring Game Recap

Key Departures

Offense: QB Chandler Rogers, RB Dewone Jackson

Defense: DB Darius Houston, DB Addison McCarthur

Key Returners

Offense: QB AJ Hawkins, OT Caleb Rogers, WR Keylan Johnson, WR Tameron “Turbo” Derrough

Defense: DB Willie Collins

Keylan Johnson’s Performance in Spring Game

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.

AJ Hawkins’ Performance in Spring Game

“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.

Lake Ridge vs Denton Guyer | 6A Area Championship 2018

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.”

Lake Ridge 2019 Spring Game Highlights

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