Lake Minneola High’s Dane Thompkins earns Offensive Player of the Week honors after delivering a standout performance. The 5’9″, 180lb junior showcased his prowess as one of Lake County, Florida’s premier running backs.
In the game last Friday, Thompkins accumulated an impressive 233 rushing yards on 21 attempts, securing four touchdowns. His remarkable contributions powered his team to a remarkable night, amassing 607 total offensive yards and an impressive tally of 8 touchdowns.
Throughout this season, Thompkins has displayed his exceptional talent, amassing a total of 1,150 rushing yards and an additional 115 yards through the air, resulting in a grand total of 1,265 yards of offense. His numbers undeniably establish him as one of Lake County’s most outstanding pure runners.
(Thompkins was a major reason why Lake Minneola High are back to back District Champions.)
With a total of 17 touchdowns this season, Thompkins trails only senior quarterback Jackson Hughers, who has recorded 24 touchdowns. Both these athletes have been invaluable assets to the Lake Minneola Hawks throughout the year. Thompkins maintains an impressive average of 8 yards per carry, a testament to the dominant offensive line that paves the way for him.
The offensive line’s ability to create opportunities for Thompkins is evident in his remarkable 144 total carries this season, showcasing a significant yards-per-rush average. Excelling in such a challenging role is a testament to Thompkins’ skill and determination.
Considering that he started the previous year behind senior John Celestin, who accrued 1,522 total yards and an astounding 34 touchdowns, Thompkins has undoubtedly had a remarkable coming-out season. While it may be a challenge to match those numbers in 2023, his yardage performance is on par.
This season, the Hawks have adopted a slightly altered strategy, incorporating a more pass-oriented approach. Seniors Braylon Knauth, D’nari Adams, and Jacob Kania, the wide receivers, have seized this opportunity to shine. Special recognition goes to Jacob Kania, who had a standout Friday with 8 receptions for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Dane Thompkins’ exceptional athletic abilities and consistent performance have garnered well-deserved attention. His potential at the collegiate level is evident, and with another year to develop, his future looks promising. Congratulations to Dane Thompkins for his outstanding season! Go Hawks!