What he did: Lake Highlands’ postseason fate wasn’t decided until Week 11, when it beat Richardson to earn a playoff berth and the top Division II seed. Playing a huge role in limiting the Eagles’ offense and forcing turnovers off which Lake Highlands QB Jakson Thomson and the Wildcats offense capitalized was Dreveon Eatmond. Eatmond was responsible for three takeaways (two picks and a forced fumble), helping put Lake Highlands in the driver’s seat on its way to a 63–35 win.

Friday’s performance wasn’t a one-off for Eatmond, whom Lake Highlands head coach Lonnie Jordan called “electric” and a “difference-maker.” “The ability to create turnovers is so big for any high school football team, much less any one player in particular,” Jordan added. “And that’s what Dre’s given us.”

Who is he: A 5-foot-10, 164-pound junior cornerback for the Wildcats.

The stats: Seven tackles, eight pass breakups, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one kickoff returned 88 yards for a TD

He said it: “I knew that this week was one of the most important weeks of football in my junior year, so I had to go out and perform like never before… [and] we knew from the jump, it was going to be the DBs, the corners, that would change the game around.”

Coach said it: “He’s got great vision and he’s got a great understanding of the game… His reaction time is quick and so when he sees the ball released or sees a route that starts to break, he understands what it is and he’s able to get under the route to make plays on the ball. And that’s what he did so well on Friday night.” -head coach Lonnie Jordan

Did you know: Eatmond, who also plays receiver, broke his thumb in Lake Highlands’ Week 2 game against Plano East. He played for the majority of the season with a cast, which he got removed the day before Lake Highlands and Richardson’s regular-season finale. Eatmond said he felt like he had to make up for some missed plays from when he was playing with his thumb cast, fueling his outburst against Richardson.

Originally published at sportsday.dallasnews.com on November 11, 2018.

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