Georgia High School Football Spring Preview AJC 30 In 30 Series: Lakeside Vikings

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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).

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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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20 comments Add your comment

Mays Ride

May 1st, 2010
8:31 am

Region 6 should be fearing the blue & gold LET’S GO MAYS!!!!!

WOW

May 1st, 2010
11:54 am

LAkeside sucks and will forever suck. Lets come down to chamblee and watch there spring game

Camden Alum

May 1st, 2010
2:11 pm

im curious. i may have missed it but knowing the ajc probly not. are you guys going to cover the teams that matter? by that i mean region 1 and camden? and a few teams from atlanta.. for AAAAA of cource.. lets face it, the premier talent in AAAAA is way south of atl. 60% of the last decades 5A state champions were made up of camden and lowndes. lets get some coverage down here!

CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCAT

May 1st, 2010
2:35 pm

yes you are right about that!!!

Its me

May 1st, 2010
2:45 pm

AJC is a metro Atlanta news paper, not a south Ga or middle Ga news paper. You have your new paper right!!!!!!!!!!

Camden Alum

May 1st, 2010
2:59 pm

Its me

i definetly get and respect that. thats why idc about the rest of the news only talking bout atl. but when you talk hs football in the state of ga, it seems absurd to not include the most consistent and best teams, year in and year out.

JNelson

May 1st, 2010
7:31 pm

There is a brand new iPhone app called Athletic Recruiter that helps HS student athletes learn about the college recruiting process. It has key questions the student athletes should ask the college coach, admissions, legal issues, and even interviewing tips, and if they want recruiting help there is even a link for that.

Mays Ride

May 1st, 2010
9:04 pm

Even me being from an inner city school don’t see why some of the south ga schools don’t get any love from ajc.

Flatlands

May 2nd, 2010
11:43 am

Camden County….Get a mall to shop at!! and Chamblee get a coach first because U guys will be sucking this year and get whooped by LAKESIDE…

Flatlands

May 2nd, 2010
8:14 pm

By the way that D-Fence scored over 36 points last year and will have 9 returning starters with some additional help. They lead the county with assist and turnovers and have two 2 returning starters whom ended their season as being in defensive top ten categories and had the number 4 defense in the county.
Quintarius Figures #7..invite from LSU and offer from Ga Southern and inquiries from 12 other D1 programs
Quentin Turner #60 offers from MSU and Ga. Southern, invites from LSU, Michigan and all region DE.
We are expecting for Defense to score at least 60 points this year….These boys have been training hard since the end of last season and had a physical spring game. Offense looks promising this year with talented receivers and nice running backs including Quintarius, Marc, and Demetruis

6AAAA FAN

May 3rd, 2010
10:14 am

Mays Ride, you are correct region 6AAAA will be fearing the Blue and Gold of SWD!!!!!!!!

Flatlands

May 3rd, 2010
11:04 am

Mays will not be scaring no-one. They better be worried about being in a dog fight every Friday because yes region 6AAAA is tough and produce State Champions but from Dekalb county and not from Atlanta city shoutie!

STEVE

May 3rd, 2010
11:08 am

This is clearlyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Tucker region

Flatlands

May 3rd, 2010
11:22 am

Okay Steve…cant say too much to you guys but dont under estimate those Vikings this year and thats all I got to say. We play you guys last and those boys you all will be playing have been playing Tucker since they were 9th graders. Tucker was TUCKER four years ago but now I cant say that. We should had gave you a game last year but they were still kind of shooked from the last two battles but after the whooping they got from their parents and coaches these boys want revenge and are ready now!

6AAAA FAN

May 4th, 2010
10:15 am

This will be a fun region to watch. The winner of this region could easily have 3 losses going into the State playoffs. Wow!!!! what a region. I am ready for some Football.

Mays Ride

May 4th, 2010
12:12 pm

Sleep on Mays if you want its just gonna make itmthat much sweeter when we beat all those delkalb schools

Mays Ride

May 4th, 2010
12:14 pm

Sleep on Mays if you want its just gonna make it that much sweeter when beat all those delkalb schools!!!!!!!

6AAAA FAN

May 5th, 2010
10:25 am

Mays Ride, no one can afford to sleep in this region including your Raiders. I do think the top 4 teams in 6AAAA will be Marist, Tucker, SWD and Mays with the top seed going to either one of those teams.

#15WIFEY!!

August 9th, 2010
9:41 pm

Viking26

August 21st, 2010
6:28 pm

Wow Im Ready We Goin ham This year this is goin to be the best season lakeside ever had