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Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Springdale's Adam Lock

| Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, 12:31 a.m.
Springdale's Adam Lock dodges a tackle during football practice at Springdale High School on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch
Springdale's Adam Lock dodges a tackle during football practice at Springdale High School on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

Adam Lock has found moments to make a name for himself as a big hitter.

Most of those instances involved fastballs rather than ball carriers.

Lock helped Springdale clinch a playoff berth last spring by hitting three home runs, driving in seven runs and scoring five times in a win over St. Joseph.

This fall, Lock (6-foot-2, 198 pounds), a junior and returning starter at tight end and defensive end, aims to push the football team enough to secure a postseason spot for the 12th consecutive year.

Q: Considering the success Springdale has had the past decade, what kind of pressure is there to succeed?

A: I really don't think there's a certain amount of pressure, but rather a certain amount of pride that Springdale has that long tradition of playoff seasons. You're always thinking, ‘We have to make it there this year. We have to keep doing it, keep the streak alive.' ”

Q: Is it difficult or frustrating being a tight end at Springdale, where there really hasn't been a lot of throwing in a long time?

A: There really hasn't been a lot of throwing because of all the good running backs that have come out of here. … I kind of like the blocking aspect of tight end, too, so it's not that bad.

Q: Do you see yourself as more of a baseball player in terms of mentality and disposition?

A: I'd say yes. … I'm not out there to just completely smack someone in baseball. You've got to kind of change what you're thinking about for each season and adjust your style of play to that mindset. In football, you've got to have that mindset that you're going to go out and hit that guy hard on every play. And in baseball, you just think, “I'm going to make a play when it comes to me.”

Q: What do you usually listen to before a football game?

A: I listen to kind of a list of motivational speeches from coaches. I have a little list that I listen to on Youtube right before games.

Q: What are some examples?

A: I like the “Last play” speech (by Torrey Pines (Calif.) High School coach Ed Burke) and the “I am a Champion” speech (by Leland (Calif.) High School coach John Flowers). And there are speeches on the song, (Kenny Chesney's) “Boys of Fall.” … By the end of the year last year, I was listening to four or five of them.

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