Prospect Look: Lake Wales vs Haines City

The Lake Wales Highlanders and Haines City Hornets matched-up in a hyped game which resulted in a 47-14 beating in which Hornets were playing down their big threat running back, Dacorius Law. Without him, the Haines City offense sputtered with the exception of a few bright spots, while the loaded Highlanders pretty much had their way.

Lake Wales

Lake Wales biggest play maker on the night, and on any night, was 2013 linebacker/fullback Jonte Sergeant. At 6'0" 220, Sergeant has the size and strength already to play either position at the next level. He is a quick, physical north and south runner as well as a hard hitting linebacker. He does well in pass coverage, but could stand to get quicker laterally which would enable him to cover better. His specialty is run support, punishing ball carriers, and blitzing through the line to disrupt plays in the backfield. Sergeant had 3 touchdowns on the night from his fullback position.

Another big time playmaker for the Highlanders is their hybrid safety/linebacker, Ladaran Wilson. He is a tremendous blitzer who comes off the edge lightning quick and has the closing speed to catch players on breakaways. Wilson's speed also allows him to roam the field and cover like a safety. He is receiving interest from a number of schools, to play the Spur or Bandit position, but is waiting on test scores.

Along the line, Lake Wales has two guys who continue to play well in Bobby Leath and Eddie Chadwick. Chadwick, a 6'2" 225lb member of the 2012 class does not have the weight to play along the line currently, but his build suggests he can handle more. Chadwick is a strong, athletic player with very good movement ability and quickness who has 23 tackles and 3 sacks in 6 games. With added size, he could find a home at DE as it does not appear he will get big enough to play on the offensive line. If he develops some moves to increase his ability off the end, Chadwick could be a solid player at the next level. The other lineman, Bobby Leath, is a 6'3" 285lb member of the 2013 class and a freakish athlete. He plays tackle on offense and end and tackle on defense. A true man among boys at times, Leath is pretty athletic for his size and possesses tremendous strength. On offense he is a road paver in the run game and has decent pass pro technique. On defense, a monster bull rush, quickness, a good swim move help him beat opposing linemen and get to the ball carrier.

In the secondary, Roland Milligan, a 5'9" 170lb of the 2012 class showed out a bit. He has good hips and breaks well out of his backpeddle to react to the ball. He holds his own pretty well in man coverage, but is much more proficient in zone coverage. Milligan has good closing speed, plays the ball well at its highest point, and accounts for a good amount of pass break-ups. He did well against the receivers the Hornets put on the field, but they mainly targeted the short to intermediate middle of the field and Lake Wales plays a lot of zone coverage. On offense, Milligan accounted for two 23 yard touchdown runs for the evening from the quarterback spot.

On special teams, Lake Wales has a very promising kicker with a bright future ahead of him. 2013 kicker Tate Mathewson, a National Kohl's Camp invitee, is everything you look for in a kicker. He has strong leg and good ball explosion off his foot. In warm-ups, Mathewson showcases the leg to make 45+ yard field goals. One key to this kicker however is that he is already trained to kick off the grass, which you don't often see in high school. So far this season, Mathewson is averaging 37 yards per punt and 87% of his kickoffs go for touchbacks, but he is struggling a little bit accuracy wise being 5-11 on FGs.

Haines City

The brightest spot on the team for the Hornets was 2012 quarterback/defensive back Tre West. The 5'9" 170lb speedster made his impact on defense providing sound coverage on receivers significantly taller than him. On offense, West made a switch to slot receiver, his best position it seems, where he was very tough for the Highlander defense to account for. Easily one of the fastest players on the field, West was able to utilize his speed and size on screens and crossing patterns while occasionally stretching the defense deep. He made a spectacular grab on an overthrow that should have been intercepted but West zipped in to make the catch.

Another player who played well was 2012 wide receiver Quinton Dent. At 6'3" 170lbs, Dent has great height, but is very slender. He is possession receiver with big hands who can still stretch the field a bit. Along with West, Dent had some very good gains off screens and button hook routes where he could make defenders miss to pick up chunks of yardage.

Haines City's star player, 2012 linebacker Josh Glanton had a quiet night. At 6'3" 215, Glanton is usually the player the Hornets rely on to disrupt plays in the backfield and provide sound coverage. He has very good speed and quickness, which is why he blitzes a lot, and does a good job following the flow of a play and finding the ball carrier. Glanton also does very well dropping into coverage and reading the quarterback's eyes to make plays. Glanton however, was neutralized on the night from his usual big play ability by big blockers getting in his face, which is something he seems to struggle with at times.

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