KELLER - Thursday night in Keller, the Mansfield Lake Ridge Eagles (2-0) delivered their best defensive performance in school history with a suffocating 30-13 win over Keller Fossil Ridge (1-1).
The Eagles, who have a defense that has been much maligned held Fossil Ridge to just 159 total yards, with the majority of that coming in garbage time when the Eagles held a 30-0 lead. “It was a total team effort, all three levels of the defense played well and our special teams were great as well said DE/LB Loren Mondy (Arizona State commit) who had two sacks in the win.
Lake Ridge’s normally powerful offense started off hot as on his first pass of the game Texas Tech commit QB Jett Duffey fired a 45 yard touchdown pass to a wide open Tyle Robinson to give the Eagles a quick 7-0 lead. Duffey was decent throwing the ball (139 yards passing) but where he made his mark was on the ground with 168 yards and two scores. Duffey’s second touchdown came on third and goal at the 15, where he eluded multiple Fossil Ridge defenders, spinned out of a tackle attempt at the three and stretched for the end zone.
Right before halftime a scary moment took place as trailing 17-0, Fossil Ridge decided to run one play from the Lake Ridge 35 to try and put some points on the board. QB Bryce Baccarini took a massive hit and was on the ground for several minutes. The QB and son of Fossil Ridge HC Tony Baccarini was immobilized and taken off the field on a stretcher. After the game it was told Bryce had suffered a concussion but thankfully was expected to be OK.
Any hopes of a Fossil Ridge comeback were dashed in the third quarter as LRHS scored twice to make it 30-0. The first came on a 52 yard touchdown run from Duffey and RB Duke Carter added an eight yard scoring run. Fossil Ridge would add two late touchdown passes from backup QB Bailey Jackson to give the Panthers some positive vibes heading into their non-district finale against Midlothian next week.