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Lakeside High will be missing some key players for the football team’s Purple & Gold game at 2 p.m. Saturday (today).
Two starters, linebacker Bradley Dennis and free safety William Langston, are still with Lakeside’s baseball team. Quarterback Don Cox is running track. Meanwhile, offensive tackle John Twomey is doubtful with a knee injury.
Nevertheless, the game will go on for the DeKalb County school, which is trying to rebuild its tradition under coach Thomas Cox. Last year was Cox’s first at Lakeside, and the Vikings posted a respectable 4-6 record — the most since the 2003 season. Yes, two of the wins were via forfeit, but Lakeside will take whatever it can get these days. Any minor measures of success may encourage other kids to play ball, too.
FAST FACT: The most famous football player in Lakeside history is Huey Richardson, who earned All-America honors at defensive end for Florida. He was the No. 15 pick overall in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. His NFL career lasted only two seasons.
The bad news for Lakeside is that it played in Region 6-AAAA, arguably the Class AAAA’s toughest region. And things won’t get any easier for the Vikings, as they will remain in the region this year under realignment.
Lakeside can only control what it can do, and right now Cox is searching for someone who can tote the football. Quintarius Figures, Marc Kananda and Demetruis Hepburn are among the candidates.
The Vikings, which lost 9 starters to graduation (7 on offense) are excited about the promise of WR Eric Cloyd (6-foot-4, 215 lbs.) and OT/DE Miles Clark (6-3, 230).
Will the rest of the region be seeing the color purple next year?
Team: Lakeside Vikings
Spring Game: 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1
Spring practice dates: Ends May 1
Last year’s record: 4-6
Starters lost: 9
Head coach: Thomas Cox
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