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Lancaster High School running backs coach Lamont Elder describes Bruins’ senior running back Roy Watts as a “true team player.”
Watts, who rarely comes off the field on game nights, proves it with his solid play and attitude.
Playing in the shadow of talented senior quarterback Shaq Williams, Watts knows his role and fulfills it well.
He does it so well that one could say Watts, true to his name, gives his team a charge when needed.
If Watts is called on to deliver a block, he can respond. If he is asked to run the ball, Watts can answer in a most efficient manner.
This season, he’s rushed for 367 yards in 51 gives, an average of 7.2 yards a rush. Out of the backfield, he’s grabbed six passes for 132 yards – an average of 22 yards a catch. Watts has also scored three touchdowns this season.
“I play my game,” said Watts, a three-year member of the LHS varsity, including the last two seasons as a starter in the Bruins’ backfield.
“If I have the ball, I hit the hole hard and run hard,” Watts said. “If I don’t, then I step up and make blocks.”
A week ago in the Bruins’ battle with No. 1 ranked Gaffney, Watts was asked to step to the fore when Williams was injured in the first half.
Watts took the challenge and netted 56 yards in seven carries, an average of eight yards a rush against a talented Gaffney defense.
“That’s a team player,” Elder said. “When a teammate goes down, he knows when to step up. Roy ran hard last week. He ran hard against a tough Gaffney defense.”
Watts, in addition to the offense, plays on the kickoff and punt teams.
“I’d be out there more, if they needed me,” Watts said. “I feel I can do my part. As a senior player, I do what I have to do. If I didn’t have to come off the field, I’d like to be our there. I doing my part for our team.”
As the Bruins head into their annual homecoming game and a key Region III-AAAA clash with Spartanburg tonight, Watts said LHS knows what’s at stake against the No. 9 Vikings, 7-2, 2-1.
“Our offense has a big challenge,” Watts said. “If we can keep them off the field on offense, we will have a good shot. Our offense has to be productive and move the ball.”
Watts said he’s hoping for a fine finish.
“If we win our last two games, we can finish on a good note and be the region runner-up,” said Watts “I feel our record could be better and we’re better than what our record shows.
“Those early-season games we can’t do anything about them, but this is what we have to focus on,” Watts said. “Our final two games are what counts the most now. We have a chance to finish as the region runner-up and I would be proud of that. We’ve made big improvement this season.”
Elder said Watts’ unselfish play is a major reason.
“Roy’s worked hard to get better, especially in catching the ball out of the backfield,” Elder said. “He does what he can to make our team better.”