Amon Lindsey had big shoes to fill, but the cleats haven’t stayed still long enough for much comparison.When Timber Creek lost a rising talent from their backfield in Cedric Dale, Lindsey took on the personal challenge and has excelled in preparations to easily take up the slack.The Falcons running back raced for 135 yards in his first varsity start, albeit in a losing cause to Nelson, but gained just 34 yards against Midlothian last Friday. Lindsey scored the Falcons’ only touchdown from 13 yards out in the Midlothian loss.Had it not been for cramps, Timber Creek head coach Kevin Golden feels it would have been a higher total against Nelson in the opener.“He had a couple of long runs but cramped up in late in the third quarter,” Golden said. “He’s really working hard on conditioning. He’s getting a lot of work.”“It was my first game to start,” Lindsey said, “And I hope to have better games to come.” Golden and the Falcons are surprised by Lindsey’s rise as a team leader and workhorse.“He’s shown leadership qualities he hasn’t shown before,” Golden said. “He had a good summer and worked real hard. He was at the spring speed camp most of the time and was there for our 7-on-7,” Golden added. “He came back in August with the best attitude.”“I worked hard all summer,” Lindsey said. “I did the extra work to do what it takes to be the best.” Developing his talents on the field has been a big boost for the Falcons, but some of his other traits are being exhibited off the field.“He’s real good with the young kids,” Golden said of Lindsey’s interactions with the younger players. “We hadn’t seen that side of him, either.” Lindsey could easily be a coach someday, Golden said. Teammates have noticed the leadership qualities, as well, electing him a captain.The senior realizes his success is dependent on others, such as his offensive line, which he characterized as “solid and experienced.”“I can’t do anything without the line. They’ve been working extremely hard,” he said.The season is very young and Golden is optimistic of great things to come.“The opportunity is there for him to see,” Golden said of Lindsey. “A lot of this game is attitude and believing and confidence. He’s been running harder than I’ve seen him.”At 5’8”, 194, Lindsey has deceiving power to accompany his speed. He also runs on the Falcons track team.“The first contact doesn’t seem to affect him too much. It’s very consistent,” Golden said of his style – to get hit with first contact and escape while holding on to the ball. Lindsey said his strengths include having power and vision. “I have some breakaway speed that can get you if you’re not ready,” he said. “I think I can surprise some people.”Although Timber Creek executes a balanced offense between running and passing, Lindsey’s ability to carry the ball may tilt the scale toward being a bit more ground-oriented.Golden said they’ve still got to put all the moving parts into place and be ready for the district schedule awaiting them.For Lindsey, his goal of being named as an all-district running back and helping the Falcons return to the playoffs is being formed as each week develops.