With a 53-7 victory over Arlington Seguin on Friday night, the Lake Ridge football team finished 10-0, going undefeated for the first time in school history.
The Eagles are gearing up for their bi-district game with Dallas Samuell on at 7 p.m. Thursday at Gopher Stadium in Grand Prairie, and coach Kirk Thor said his team is not expecting a walkover.
“We don’t know a lot about them,” Thor said. “We exchanged film with them yesterday so we’ve gotten to see some and they do some good things. They’ve got some athletes, and their quarterback does a good job and spreads things out. They run a lot of trick plays. Defensively, they are going to load up the box to try to stop the run, and they’ll play hard.”
The Eagles were ranked seventh in the state in Class 5A heading into the game against Seguin, and while it was a big victory, Thor said he was not completely satisfied with how his team performed.
“I thought we came out kind of slow,” Thor said. “We weren’t really focused, and I was kind of disappointed in how we came out, and I think the kids are well aware of that by now. They came back and recovered in the last three quarters and did what we had to do to get back to a standard that we expected to play.
“It’s fun to go through an undefeated season. It’s good for the kids. You don’t really enjoy it now, but we will when it’s over. Now we start 0-0 and things start over. The work doesn’t stop.”
Expectations are high for the Eagles, an undefeated, top 10 team headed into the postseason, but Thor said he really tries not to concern himself with that or his team becoming overconfident.
“I think it was real obvious from the first quarter against Seguin that if you don’t play to your standard, you can get behind in a hurry,” Thor said. “It was 7-0 they were up —we made a lot of mistakes and they played well. So I think our kids understanding that we have to play better football, and that every day and every week we get better at playing our standard of football on offense, defense and special teams.
“I think that if we do that, the focus stays on us, and all of that external pressure and hype and outside, external talk doesn’t really affect us.”
That being said, Thor said that as the postseason gets underway, he is feeling pretty confident about the way his team is playing.
“I feel pretty good about where we are,” Thor said. “There are some little things we have to clean up a little bit. I think defensively, we played really well and did some good things on Friday night and had some young guys really step up for us.
“Offensively, we did some good things. We were a little bit rusty, but we ran the ball well. Special teams, I think we are solid ... I think what we really want to do is just see that we are improving week by week.”