Chris Lacy: Catching On As A Senior

Chris Lacy was looking forward a senior season in which his DeSoto High School team would challenge for a Texas state championship, but it was also a chance for the talented receiver to show what he could do. Through six games he had just 16 catches and four touchdowns, but all of that has changed the past two weeks for the Oklahoma State commit.

DeSoto is No. 4 in the FOX Sports 50 rankings of the best high school teams across the nation entering Friday night's game against Grand Prairie. The Eagles are 8-0, averaging 52.5 points per game and have won their games by an average of more than 30 points.

Head coach Claude Mathis has playmakers all over the field, including quarterback Desmon White (TCU commit), running backs Jatory Sparks-Brown and Jaimon Peterson (both with seven rushing touchdowns), and eight different receivers who have caught scoring passes, including Lacy.

Chris Lacy caught a total of 10 passes for two touchdowns in the first four games of the season before his five-catch, 128-yard, two-touchdown performance in a 50-0 victory over South Grand Prairie. But the next week against Mansfield Timberview he had just one reception for eight yards.

"I wouldn't say I was getting frustrated but I was getting greedy for more balls. We were winning so I was happy doing whatever coach wanted me to do," said Lacy, who committed to Oklahoma State after receiving offers from Arizona State, BYU, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Northwestern.

Lacy's numbers have skyrocketed the past two games. He caught a career-best 10 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns on Oct. 18 in a 62-42 victory over Midlothian and then followed that up with eight receptions for a career-high 210 yards and three TDs in last week's 55-29 victory over Duncanville.

The future Cowboy has 18 catches for 356 yards and five touchdowns the past two games; compared to 16 catches for 321 yards and four TDs the first six weeks of the season.

"My coach has been moving me around to different positions to get me the ball more. I knew (the coaches) wanted me to get the ball more but I didn't expect to get it thrown to me this much," said Lacy, whose season numbers total 34 catches for 673 yards (19.8 per reception) and nine TDs.

"This is great. It's what I've been waiting for since my sophomore year. I've been waiting for this time," he said.

Lacy and the Eagles are focusing in on winning the Texas Class 5A Division I state championship. They lost to eventual state champion Allen in last year's semifinals.

Allen is No. 2 in this week's FOX Sports 50, followed by DeSoto at No. 4 and Katy at No. 9.

"Every year we get closer and closer, and this year we plan on winning (a state title). I really believe this is the year. As long as we stay focused and as long as we stay healthy I think this is the year," Lacy said.

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