Collins sophomore Emmanuel Lockhart (10). Photo/Zac Chamblee

With Collins running back Antonio Spencer dealing with a minor knee injury, Emmanuel Lockhart’s number was called last Friday night, and the sophomore did not disappoint. In a breakout performance, Lockhart ran the ball 19 times for 97 yards and a touchdown, as Collins edged Lawrence County, 21-19. 

In 2017, Lockhart played sparingly as a freshman, seeing action normally during blowouts. But his hard work and preparation leading up to Friday nights made this year a different story. 

“He [Lockhart] has been working good for the last couple of weeks at practice,” Tiger head coach Eric Booth said. “On Friday night, I decided to give him a chance to see how he can run the ball, and he ran the ball pretty good.

“He’s going to be a good running back as the year keeps on going.”

Described by Booth as a shifty runner, Lockhart, our Week 6 Sports601 Covington County Player of the Week, was a catalyst for Collins’ third consecutive win. 

“I just kept going,” said Lockhart. “I first thank God for giving me the opportunity to come out and play and do what I do. I also thank my coaching staff and teammates for encouraging me and giving me confidence.”

Booth says Spencer is day-to-day and expected to be a full-go before the start of district play next week. So the carries and touches may decrease for Lockhart, but the sophomore isn’t too worried. 

“Whenever they call my number, I’m just gonna come in and try to do my best and do whatever I can for the team.”

Collins improved to 4-1 with the victory over Lawrence County, and Booth says he likes where the team is at right now with district right around the corner. 

“Right now we’re running the ball good and throwing the ball good,” explained Booth. “The defense is getting better and better every week, and that’s the main thing.”

The Tigers will conclude non-district play this Friday at Heidelberg (2-4).