Irv. Nimitz RB Conkelton a name to remember


College football scouts are no doubt double-checking their notes for information on Lafrontae Conkelton.

The 6-foot, 240-pound Irving Nimitz senior rushed for 236 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ 28-17 win over Hurst L.D. Bell on Friday.

Conkelton’s season total through four games has grown to 728 yards and five touchdowns on 103 carries.

There’s a reason Conkelton’s name is unfamiliar for those paid to know about such players.

He’s playing high school football for the first time.

“He was a soccer player,’’ Nimitz coach Steven Hohenberger said. “We were always trying to persuade him to play football, and in the spring he decided to come out.’’

Hohenberger said Conkelton’s teammates liken the running back’s style to Earl Campbell. Not the speediest ball carrier around, but not the easiest to bring down, either.

“His legs are as big as oak trees,’’ the coach said. “He’s never lifted weights, but he’s the strongest guy on the team. And he just turned 17 last week.’’

Hohenberger said his running back is still learning on the job. So are many Vikings. Nimitz plays seven sophomores, and junior quarterback Austin Huckaba missed most of last season with injuries.

Nimitz (2-2, 1-1 in District 6-5A) rebounded from a 37-0 loss to Colleyville Heritage to whip Bell (2-2, 1-1) on the road. The Vikings proved they are tough when backed in a corner in 2010 when they dropped their first three district games, only to rally for a playoff spot.

Conkelton and the Vikings host Haltom (1-2, 0-1) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Irving Schools Stadium.