Mansfield Sports

Eagles stay grounded with productive backup

Lake Ridge quarterback Chandler Rogers followed up a big game against Waxahachie with a playoff touchdown against Crowley.
Lake Ridge quarterback Chandler Rogers followed up a big game against Waxahachie with a playoff touchdown against Crowley.

When a football team is having success, it is sometimes best just to “run” with it.

That is certainly what the Mansfield Lake Ridge football team did in its regular season finale against Waxahachie, when Chandler Rogers rushed for 192 yards and seven touchdowns.

Rogers also scored a touchdown for the Eagles in their 49-42 victory over Crowley in the bi-district round on Friday, and coach Kirk Thor said his reason for going to Rogers so much against Waxahachie is quite simple.

“Chandler is very good at running the football, so he brings another dimension to our offense,” Thor said.

Rogers acknowledged that the game against the Indians was special and said that it truly was a team effort.

“The game against Waxahachie was the best game I’ve ever had in my life,” Rogers said. “I scored seven touchdowns, but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. After the game, I was informed that I broke a school record for the most touchdowns in a single game. My O-line played amazing the whole game. I went out there and did my job, as did my teammates and we came out on top victorious.”

Rogers, who is the backup to starting quarterback Jason Bean and runs track at Lake Ridge, said he knew that it was important for him to do his part to help the team be successful this season, given his position.

“I brought a hard working attitude, willingness to learn, patience, determination and humility,” Rogers said. “I also knew it was important for me to play my part when my name was called to go into a game and I always made sure that I gave 100 percent on the field.”

Rogers said this season has been tough at times, but said he feels that the adversity the team has faced made it easier for him and his teammates now they are in the playoffs.

“This season was tough and hard-fought,” Rogers said. “We learned how to lose and how to bounce back when our backs were against the wall. We grew a lot as a team and as a family.”

Rogers said he believes his team can have another strong run in the postseason if it does a couple of things.

“We will have a successful run in the playoffs if we take it one day at a time, just like Coach Thor preaches to us,” Rogers said. “We’ll have to focus on only what we can control, practice very well, limit our mistakes and stay focused on the task at hand.”

Lake Ridge will square off with Dallas Samuell at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at Lumpkins Stadium in Waxahachie.

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