Lakeview Centennial had a huge turning point win last season against Rockwall. They controlled their own playoff destiny. Despite four teams making the playoffs, they could not win one of the final games. Riddled by grade issues, suspensions and injuries, Lakeview Centennial could not win a game at the end of the season and therefore they did not make the playoffs. They return 9 starters and plenty of athletes off last year's 5-5 season. In a 7 team district, they hope to finally make the playoffs and get over the hump.
Much like Jonathon Miller sparked the resurgence of Naaman Last year, Vance Thomas looks tos park the resurgence of the Patriots. He averaged 200 yards a game and has legit 4.4 speed. Carlos Thompson complements him as a speedy change of pace back. He transferred in this year. Markel Woods looks to be the quarterback. He is a junior and has great playmaking abilities. The offensive line will have some questions, but getting Brandon Johnson, a basketball player, to commit to the tight end position will certainly help the Patriots. Cameron Brewer is slated to be receiver but may end up at QB depending on how well Woods works out at the position.
Augustine Ume-Ezeoke is another in a long line of defensive playmakers at Lakeview Centennial. He doesn't have college size, but he has college speed and could be a Dat Nguyen like playmaker. Kevin Bennett is probably their biggest defensive linemen - and that might worry Patriots fans - considering the dog eat dog world of the new 10-5A - especially with some of the size the other teams have. Lakeview centennial will have to use speed to compensate for the lack of size they have - but they do have plenty of speed - especially at the linebacker position.
On paper, Lakeview Centennial has playoff potential in their line-up. The non-district schedule will not test Lakeview as much as say a Garland non-district schedule will test the Owls. Games against Frisco and McKinney North are against some 4A teams - both not very good and WT White and West Mesquite also will not provide 5A playoff calibur challenges. West Mesquite and Lancaster (scrimmage) will give them a taste of the speed that they will be up against when they play teams like South Garland and Garland. Lakeview Centennial has had a team to be excited about for three or four years now, and history has shown that they will not make the playoffs. Unless they do something to rewrite history - I'll stick with that prognosis - a fifth place finish.