The Lake Ridge football team won the battle of the unbeatens on Friday night, defeating Summit by a score of 55-35, and coach Kirk Thor said he was pleased with the way that his team performed all the way around.
The Eagles will try for their first-ever undefeated season this Friday when they take on Arlington Seguin, and Thor said that would be an impressive accomplishment for his team.
“I think they are going to play hard,” Thor said. “Our district is tough across the board. Our team is going to watch the film of last week’s game and then go out there and play Lake Ridge football. We’re going to correct some things that need correcting and prepare for a competitive Seguin team.”
Lake Ridge was ranked seventh in the state and Summit was ninth when the two district powerhouses squared off on Friday night, and Thor said it was everything he expected it to be.
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“I was proud of our kids,” Thor said. “Summit’s a really good team. They do a great job, and we knew it was going to be tough. I thought our defense had some huge fourth-down stops in the second half, and that was a really a momentum-changer for us. It gave us some confidence.
“On offense, we made some runs when we had to. They did a good job of stopping the run, but then when we had to throw the football, I was proud of our quarterback and receivers, and our offensive line for protecting. It was a good effort. I was proud of our kids.”
Jett Duffey passed and rushed for 374 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns in the game, and Thor said his effort did not go unnoticed.
“He did a good job of taking some of taking some of the deep balls they were giving, and when the pocket broke down, he did a good job of scrambling,” Thor said. “He’s been a dual threat all year long, and I’m really proud of the way he has played. Our offensive line did a great job up front, but he is a great catalyst, and he does what he needs to do for us to be successful.”
Thor said that he is feeling good about the way his team is progressing as the season moves towards the playoffs.
“I think that our coaches get everything out of our kids they can,” Thor said. “And especially with two teams coming in undefeated, we knew it was going to be a tough game against Summit. They did not let the pressure of the game get to them. They took it one play at a time, and they came through when we needed them.”