After opening up the season with a loss, Lakota West (Ohio) running back Mikel Horton vowed to not lose another game this season. His team had a great challenge Friday night against one of the top rated teams in Ohio in Huber Heights Wayne high.
“We knew coming in tonight that this was going to be a challenge,” said Horton. “We had to fight all night as a team. This was a gift from God as far as my performance today. I know I can perform day in and day out, but him giving me the strength as far as what we do in practice every day is what really helps me out on gameday.”
It was a change in strategy that his coach put into the game plan that he says helped him break loose. The change in strategy to get Horton into open space seemed to work, as he carried the ball 18 times for 77 yards and 1 TD. He also caught 3 passes for 66 yards and 1 TD.
“My coach wanted to spread me out because he knew their game plan was going to be to stop the run. He wanted to give me an opportunity in the open field and in space to make plays and tonight it worked out well as we got the win,” said Horton.
After committing to the University of Kentucky back in April to play running back, Horton knew other schools would most likely continue recruiting him.
“Some schools still try to recruit me, but I don’t pay any attention to that because my heart is set on Kentucky, my friends are going there, the great coaching staff is there, in fact I think some of them were here tonight watching Dorian Hendrix (another Kentucky commit) and I play,” Horton said. “It’s nothing but family and love down there, so you know I wouldn’t give that up for the world.”
Horton is planning on heading to some Kentucky football games this season when he can. However, he is most looking forward to being an early enrollee at Kentucky after the new year.
“I plan on taking my official visit for a basketball game probably in December,” said Horton. “I will be enrolling after the All American game in January. I’m just really excited to start early and being a part of the turnaround at UK.”