Kevens Charles is having one stellar senior season. The running back has literally put the South Lake Eagles on his back and was a huge reason that South Lake was able to get their first victory in over 2 years last weekend against Forest in a 18-14 shootout.
Charles enters his final year of High School as one of South Lake’s best offensive superstars. He is a two sport athlete and also plays basketball. At 6”2 215 lbs Charles is one of the bigger running backs in Lake & Sumter County. The kid is an absolute beast and is just a natural athlete.
(Kevens Charles rushes the ball. He has been trumendous this year and is a huge reason for the first South Lake High School win in 2 years.)
The 2023 season has been good to Charles. The offensive line has opened up holes and allowed him to take a monstrous 108 carries through only 5 games this season. Charles has 563 yards on the ground and 63 through the air for a total of over 600 yards of offense this season. He has 5 touchdowns and has been the backbone of the Eagles offense. Down below we have a link to his hudl showing the touchdown that would ultimately help South Lake to their first victory in 2 years.
While South Lake may not have the statistics of a South Sumter, Leesburg, Lake Minneola or Eustis, they have in the heart of the team. South Lake has had it rough for many years. They went on a historic 2 year losing streak which was one of the longest in school history. South Lake recently let go of its head coach but hired Brad Lord, the longtime head coach of Foundation Academy who has turned the program around.
(Kevens Charles being tackled by Mount Dora High Schools Russell Fickett.)
No one expected South Lake to contend for a district championship right off the bat or make the playoffs. All we wanted to see was some progress. South Lake won a football game and has played other teams in tight matchups this year. That alone is more progress than we have seen this team take in many years. And that is due to players like Charles and head coach Brad Lord who is taking lessons learned from his time at Foundation Academy and building something that South Lake athletes and alumni can be proud about.
Kevens Charles not only is a leader on the offense but even on special teams. Charles has some kick returns this season and has averaged 30 yards per return. Charles is just an extremely reliable player. He has shown that time and again. No matter what sport he chooses to play be it football or basketball he just makes teammates around him better.
Congratulations to Kevens Charles and South Lake High School for winning their first game in 2 years! Hopefully more wins will be on the horizon soon!