Opelika head coach Erik Speakman said if running back Eric Watts could stay healthy and committed to the weight room, the junior could be something special. Based on Friday's game against Wetumpka, Watts is starting to meet his high potential.
Watts was Opelika's battering ram at running back against the Indians, taking 28 carries for 237 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 33-32 victory. Watts was especially important on Opelika's go-ahead touchdown drive, taking eight carries on the 13-play drive and gaining 72 yards in the process.
"Eric made some great plays," Speakman said. "He's finally doing what we knew Eric Watts could do. Now you're seeing what we've seen as coaches. Hopefully, he'll see it and continue to improve."
Watts was vital in Opelika keeping up with a dangerous Wetumpka offense in yet another shootout in this series. The Bulldogs' run game was the biggest question mark after three games, but Watts may be the answer going forward.
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Per the Decatur Daily
Austin fought off a late surge by Gadsden City to grab a Class 7A, Region 4 win, beating the Titans 17-6 at home.
The Black Bears led by 17 for most of the game until Gadsden City scored on a 71-yard touchdown pass on third down and 19 with 6:23 left in the fourth. The Titans then got the ball back and drove to the Austin 2-yard line before a penalty and a failed field goal attempt put the game away.
"We played well all night, but we got tired," Austin coach Jeremy Perkins said. "We have to be able to play all four quarters."Austin's inability to finish drives kept Gadsden City around despite the double-digit deficit.Austin (4-0, 2-0) drove to the Gadsden City 13-yard line in the third quarter, but quarterback Quincy Crittendon threw an interception in the end zone. That would've given the Black Bears a 24-point lead.
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