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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PREP ROUNDUP: West Point dominates Lawrence County 42-14; Fairview outlasts St. John Paul II; Cold Springs, Good Hope also pick up wins
Per The Cullman Times
West Point's first Class 5A, Region 7 victory was an emphatic one.
After three weeks on the road to the open the season, the Warriors gave the home crowd plenty to celebrate on Friday night, rolling to a 42-14 triumph over Lawrence County.
West Point (2-2, 1-1 in Region 7) scored the game's first 20 points in the first half, and the Warriors never let Lawrence County mount a threat.
"Our defense stepped up and played well after a couple of rough weeks. Our guys keep showing up and working hard. We're trying to get better every week," said West Point coach Don Farley. "It felt good to be at home. It was a good win."
Warriors' quarterback Will Cochran continued his strong season with four total touchdowns – a pair on the ground and through the air. Cochran opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown less than a minute into the game and added a 53-yard touchdown pass to Branson Smith with 4:25 to go in the first quarter.
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