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Roberts plays big for LHS

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Bruins senior running back 'plays with a big heart'

By Robert Howey

 

   

Antquavious Roberts quite likely isn’t the most well known Bruins’ player on the 2010 Lancaster High School football team.

Most know him simply as “Q” Roberts.

At 5-4, 160 pounds, Roberts, a two-year member of the LHS varsity who plays fullback and tailback, might slip under LHS opponents’ radar.

That’s not likely to happen among LHS players and coaches.

“For his size, Q plays with a big heart,” said Bruins’ running back coach Lamont Elder. “Q gives you all he’s got. He’s not big in stature, but he will do all he can to help the team.”

Roberts said he tries to get the job done.

“You just try to do your part,” he said. “My role as part of the team is blocking and running hard.

“When I run the ball, I stay low and keep my feet moving,” Roberts said. “I run low and hard.”

Roberts contributes all he can.

“Whatever we need, Q is going to step up,” LHS head coach Bennie McMurray said. “He’s a good role player, the type player you have to have on a team.

“Q can run, block or catch a pass,” he said. “Not all he does shows up in the stat sheet, but he’s a contributor.”

Roberts, in addition to the LHS offense, also works on the kickoff team, punt team and all-hands team for expected onside kicks.

At practice, McMurray said it’s common for Roberts to work with the scout team to help simulate the opponent’s offense that week.

“I love football,” Roberts said. “I like contact.”

Roberts noted his favorite play is the isolation, which is suited to his style of running.

“It’s straight up the middle and I like to go up the middle,” he said. “That’s the quickest way to the end zone.”

Roberts’ lone score this season came on a six-yard isolation play in the Bruins’ 26-10 homecoming win over Blythewood.

“They stunted on that play and the linebacker went the wrong way and I just went in the end zone,” he said. “That was a good feeling.”

Elder also was thrilled.

“We have a great group of backs,” he said. “Q is a senior who has been there. I’m happy for all of them, but especially for a senior who works and plays hard.”

Roberts is hoping the Bruins can reach the end zone enough tonight as they face Spartanburg in a Region III-AAAA game which will play a key role in LHS’s postseason hopes.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do, but not a lot of time,” Roberts said. “Our offense is stepping up like it can. We should come out and give it our all. It’s a big game and we have to step up.

“People say we’re the underdogs and I want to prove them wrong.”

Elder said Roberts’ example is valuable.

“He doesn’t back down from any opponent,” Elder said.

Roberts added there’s a reason.

“It’s not all about size, it’s about the size of your heart,” Roberts said. “If you have rocks in your pocket – strength, it helps you do what you have to do.”