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Watkins Lifts Tilghman to First Victory

Always using his lightning- fast speed to his advantage, Watkins knew early on that it could be a big game for him. “I can run past most corners and one of the very first plays I scored on the corner was nowhere near me,” he said. “Another one I scored on, the safety dropped and I thought it was going to be easier than I thought.

“I felt good,” he added. “The quarterback was throwing me the ball and every time I get it in my hands I try to do as much as I can. It was just working and I hope to have a few more games like that.”

Watkins has become the star of a balanced receiving corps, with Dalton Ferrell having thrown for 219 yards per game with 11 touchdowns. Six of those scores have been to Watkins, who has a team-high 19 receptions for 427 yards.

Friday against Madisonville, Watkins had two touchdown receptions of 31 yards and another for 39 yards to double his amount of touchdowns on the season.

Having the talent around him has helped make Watkins a better player, Tilghman head coach Kurt Barber said, but his speed and work ethic go a long way as well.

“I’d say his best attribute is that he’s fast, but he gives it everything he’s got on every play and I can’t say that about everybody on the receiving corps,” Barber said of Watkins, who won the state championship in the 400 M Dash during track and field season last spring. “He shows a lot of intensity and is always working.”

Now with that first win finally under the belt for Tilghman, it looks to start a win streak, but it won’t be easy with Caldwell County coming to town.

Watkins said the locker room is a lot more lighthearted now, with the team receiving a big boost from that victory last week. “Losing four games in a row was ridiculous. That’s a start most teams aren’t used to, especially Tilghman because we’re usually a winning team,” he said. “A few of those games were real close and the coaches kept reminding us to just keep your heads up and stay together because that state championship team in 2009 went 4-6."

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