Lake Highlands has probably one of the toughest schedules of the state. They play 7 teams that made the playoffs with an average third round exit. Their crowning victory was Plano last year, and they will need to have several big wins to get back into the playoff chase. Coach Scott Smith returns 18 lettermen but only 5 starters - which does not spell good things in a district as tough as 9-5A.
Although other locations have said that there is a 3 way race for the quarterback, inside sources say that it is last season's safety John Shorter's to lose. Jake Vines may get the nod later in the season if it is obvious they will not make the playoffs. DJ Monroe is one of the top running backs in the area, but with some of the top defenses in the area and a commitment to the spread, his numbers might not be as impressive as they would have been in the wishbone days. Ian Campbell and Will Moak are two solid linemen that anchor the line.
The defense could see Shorter playing both ways at times. Andrew Talbot, Killian Ruble, DeMarcus Benford and Reid McCann anchor the defensive line. Chase Inman and Zach Atkins are two solid high school linebackers, but the secondary might be grossly mismatched without Shorter with Quinton Shaw and Taylor Woodson. The defense will play tough - but some of the bigger offenses will have its way with Lake Highlands.
Overall, Lake Highlands is likely the 6th place team in district. Although they held a victory over Plano, that will be a bullet point for revenge on the Wildcats' bulletin board. Berkner is always a toss up game - the only sure victories for Lake Highlands is Wylie and Richardson. It will likely be a 2-8 season for the Wildcats of Lake Highlands this season. They will need to knock off Berkner and a Plano school to get into the playoff picture this season.
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