The Wildcats head to the playoffs Friday night

The Lake Highlands High School varsity football team will head to the first round of playoffs Friday night as City Champs after their win over Richardson High in the final game of the regular season. The Wildcats will face Mansfield Lake Ridge (7-2, 6-1) at 7:30 p.m. at Mansfield’s Vernon Newsom Stadium, 3700 East Broad St.

When you go to the game, keep an eye on Lake Ridge quarterback Chandler Rogers, who helped secure his team’s 7-6A co-district championship title last weekend with 4 touchdowns. Wide receiver Ronny Gordon (#14), a favorite target, scored the final touchdown in Friday’s 35-24 victory, and running back Dewone Jackson (#11) carried 32 times for 186 yards.

Of course, LHHS has a few weapons of our own.

In addition to quarterback Jakson Thomson, who threw for 5 TDs and rushed for almost 100 yards last week, safety Jonathan Barrows, back in the game after breaking an ankle, and Christian Longoria, who had over 200 yards receiving and 4 TDs, cornerback Dre Eatmond was named Defensive Player of the Week by Dallas Morning News Sports Day. They noted his 7 tackles, 8 pass breakups, 2 interceptions, one forced fumble and one kickoff returned 88 yards for a touchdown against Richardson High. They also praised his performance earlier in the season, when he played with a cast on his thumb after breaking it in game 2 against Plano East.

Tickets will be $8 at the gate, but you can buy them in the LHHS foyer Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for $6 (adults) and $3 (students).

Go Cats!