Friday Night Lights: Lincoln at Lakes

Last year when I went to watch Lakes take on an opponent, they beat Sumner 83-0 in a driving rainstorm. This year, only the score and the opponent changed, but not the weather or the outcome. Read on to see who stood out and who to watch for as things move along in this season…

Lincoln was able to keep things close for about a quarter before the talent-laden Lancers were able to run away with things, winning 67-7. I was there specifically to see Husky commit Sione Potoae, but I got a look at some other players to keep an eye on as well.

Lakes DT Sione Potoae (2010) – One of the top defensive linemen in the country, Potoae started both ways for the Lancers, but did most of his damage on the defensive side of the ball. He's got such a high motor for a guy that is so dominant he's about as unstoppable as any prep lineman I've seen. He's a great athlete, he has the requisite intensity and skills necessary to be a dominant force from the moment he arrives at Montlake. I spoke with Sione after the game and if you didn't get the chance to read what he had to say, here's the link to the story.

Lakes LB/DE Darius Waters (2010) – Another Washington commit, Waters plays with his hand down most of the time for Lakes, but he can stand up and run to the ball with equal aplomb. He's a great-looking athlete who is easily going to be able to add some bulk and muscle to his frame. He's relentless pursuing the ball-carrier and he just oozes potential from the moment he steps on the field.

Lakes OL Zach Banner (2012) – The huge sophomore offensive linemen only has two offers (Washington and UCLA) to his name, but after his performance this season he won't be a secret much longer. Banner is huge and is a legit 6-8, 310. He still looks like a big basketball player and his legs still have to develop so he could easily play at the next level weighing about 330 or 340 and having no issues with his mobility or flexibility. Banner easily moved guys off the line, taking three Abes with him into the endzone while the running back cut off of his block. He's seemingly a foot taller than almost everyone else on the field. Expect Washington to battle schools from across the country for Banner's signature in a few years.

Lakes RB Teddy Cotton (2010) – Cotton is a tough-running back who seems to never go down with the first contact. I loved the way he lowered his shoulder and broke tackles. Cotton has good vision and while he's not super-elusive, he can make guys miss in the open field and he's got underrated speed. Montana has offered him, but I'm really surprised schools like Idaho and Washington State haven't stepped up at this point.

Other Lakes players to keep an eye on: RB/CB Willis Wilson (2010); LB John Goldwire (2010); CB Dee Maggitt (2010); DL Eddie Releford (2011); QB/ATH Cedric Dozier (2012).

Lincoln LB Jackie Robinson (2010) – While he's not the athlete that his namesake was, Robinson was an impressive looking player when I saw him in warm-ups and he didn't disappoint throughout the game. He was the main cog in the Abes' defense and had at least 10 tackles. He also caused a fumble, but Lakes was able to recover the loose ball. He's got great size, running a legit 6-3, 230 and it will be interesting to see if schools like Eastern Washington or Portland State figure out a way to offer him a scholarship.

Lincoln DT/OG Quincy Gray (2012) – Grey has great size (6-0, 300) and showed good lateral quickness in tracking down plays outside the tackles. He's really strong at the point for a player his age and I was impressed that he took up double-team blocks allowing players like Robinson to run free. He wasn't as impressive on offense, so it will remain to be seen if he continues to play both ways, but there's no doubt he's got the talent to be a solid player by the time he's a senior. He just needs to get out to camps to show what he can do.

Lincoln RB/DB Jordan Russell (2011) – One of the fastest guys on the field, Russell is explosive when he gets into the open field. He isn't very big, but one of the coaches I spoke with said Russell runs a legit 10.7 100 meters. It sounds like some of the smaller schools in the region are already on Russell, but I don't see why he couldn't be a 1AA or borderline D-1 player down the road. He didn't flash as much potential on defense, so he appears to be a straight offensive player/return man.


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