Rams' senior making big plays
HAVELOCK | Quinzel Lockhart feels he can make any play anytime the ball is thrown in his direction.
Havelock’s senior wide receiver is continuing his progression as the team’s big-play threat.
“If you give me two steps, then I feel like I will get past you,” Lockhart said. “I feel like I block pretty good and on deep routes. Whenever I’m thrown a fade or a deep ball, I will be there to get it.”
Lockhart, a 6-foot-2, leads the Rams with 22 receptions for 309 yards with a pair of touchdowns.
Once his number is called, he’s up to the task.
“Whenever coach needs me to make a big play, I’m there for him. I feel like I bring a lot to the plate when my turn is up,” Lockhart said.
Lockhart emerged as Havelock’s top target last season when he snagged 43 passes for 647 yards and eight touchdowns.
His only personal expectation is to improve on that mark.
“I am looking to play the best that I can and get better every week,” Lockhart said. “I want to get more than what I did last year. My goal is to do better in everything.”
Lockhart said he worked in the offseason to become more physical so he can contribute with his blocking. It’s his attention-to-detail that has made him more of a complete receiver.
“I’m more focused with the ball and I play more physical,” Lockhart said. “I’m just doing everything the coach tells me to do. They need playmakers. I feel like I’m a playmaker.”
Lockhart committed to play college football at the Naval Academy in this offseason. He was recruited by Navy’s secondary coach Dan O’Brien.
Now, he’s expected to play like a Division-I recruit.
“A lot is expected from me,” Lockhart said. “My coach tells me all the time that whenever I do something wrong, I’m a Division-I receiver, I need to act like it. I get my head straight and do what I need to do.”
Lockhart, and the Rams, are ranked first in the state in the latest NCHSAA 3-A Associated Press poll. They haven’t lost a conference game since 2010 when they fell to West Carteret, the opponent Havelock plays on Friday.
The Rams (5-0) have played for a state title in four of the past five seasons.
A state title is what drives those seniors.
“It drives us a lot. Every time I think about it, it makes me want to go harder,” Lockhart said. “This year is really big for me because I’ve never won a state championship. I feel like this is the year that we can win a ring. We are doing everything right, so we need to keep it up.”
Along with Lockhart, the Rams have talent at wide receiver that includes Kenyatta Frazier and Khalil Barrett, catching passes from senior quarterback Corey Cooper.
“We are really good. Whenever they key on one person, then that opens up someone else,” Lockhart said. “It’s hard to guard everyone on the field.”
Havelock plays at West Carteret at 7 p.m. on Friday in Morehead City.
Adam Thompson is the sports editor at the Sun Journal. He can be contacted at 252-635-5669. Follow Adam on Twitter @A_ThompsonNBSJ