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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