01/29/2015 9:50 AM
- Mansfield Lake Ridge, a blossoming power in just two years, rolled through the field at the PrimeTime Sports Plano Winter Invitational.
Led by Class of 2016 quarterback Jett Duffey, Lake Ridge scored almost at will on a non-windy day, but battling some muddy spots on fields to score 115 points in three games.
Lake Ridge defeated Highland Park, 41-27, in the championship at Hoblitzelle Park.
Duffey, who was a Junior Day guest at Oklahoma State on Sunday, used a variety of receivers Jimmy Enobabor and Cartraven Walker. Enobaber is an athletic 6-2, 180 Class of 2016 prospect who emerged in the second half of last season and ended as Lake Ridges No. 2 receiver with 22 catches for 355 yards. Walker is a speedy, Class of 2018 receiver who will impact Lake Ridges third varsity season.
Duffey (6-0, 175-pounds) totaled 3,362 yards passing and rushing in leading Lake Ridge to the third round of the Class 5A playoffs. He already has offers from McNeese State and Stephen F. Austin with likely more to come through during a spring sprinkled with school practices and 7 on 7 tournaments.
We have been practicing to do well, Duffey said. We wanted to come out and get into the (PrimeTime) state tournament and also work to get into the (adidas) state tournament. Having a good spring and summer is important to us.
The win over Highland Park secured Lake Ridges berth in the Tournament of Champions in College Station on June 27-28.
Highland Park showed its normal ability of receivers with junior quarterback Henry Allen, a strong-armed right-hander the leading candidate to replace two-year starter Brooks Burgin
Highland Park also gets 6-1 junior receiver/defensive back Joseph Sweeney transferring back from Class 3A Scurry-Rosser just east of Dallas. The athletic Sweeney scored touchdowns on offense and defense in the final against Lake Ridge.
PrimeTime Sports Plano Winter Invitational Division Championships:
Varsity: Mansfield Lake Ridge 41, Highland Park 27
Junior Varsity: JJ Pearce 27, Coppell 20
9th Grade: Lovejoy 36, JJ Pearce (Vinzant) 21
8th Grade: Lake Travis 32, Mansfield Stealth 8
6th Grade Champs: Southlake Carroll Class of 2022