West Ouachita junior running back Andrew Lockhart was crowned co-winner of the Week 8 Cooper Buick GMC High School Hero Award with Ruston senior quarterback Cade Gibson following a malfunction with the poll at thenewsstar.com A total of 2,420 votes were cast. Lockhart was nominated following his huge night in a 52-30 win over Grant.
Lockhart rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries for an astonishing 25.6 yards per carry average. Lockhart has had big shoes to fill this season after running back Joseph Tassin graduated following last season. Tassin was the leading rusher for the Chiefs the past two seasons.
The News-Star: What has it been like for you coming up behind a great player like Joseph Tassin?
Andrew Lockhart: I looked up to him a lot. I didn’t think I would be able to play like that. But my team has helped me a lot.
TNS: What do you think was the main factor in your performance last year?
AL: The push of our offensive line up front help me a lot. Our coaches prepared us great for the game, and we executed.
TNS: Do you have any pregame routine?
AL: (Head) Coach (Joey) Pender always talks to us before the game about staying very focused and not getting too hyped in pregame. I try to focus on that every game.
TNS: Do you have any hobbies or things you like to do outside of sports and school?
AL: I like to watch all kinds of sports.
TNS: What goals do you have for the rest of the season personally and for the team?
AL: We want to go out and not be intimidated by anyone and play our game.
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