Student-Athlete Spotlight

This back comes up big

Football player Spencer Lambert is a senior at ThunderRidge High School


Spencer Lambert is a small player but he's had a big impact on the ThunderRidge football program.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound senior running back was a team captain last season and again this year. He led the Grizzlies with 1,265 rushing yards in 2017 and caught 31 passes for another 325 yards.

So far this season, he's also been a prominent player.

“I've been playing tackle football since I was 6 years old,” said Lambert, who has a 4.1 GPA. “I've always been small. I'm just trying to work as hard as I can. I've improved my strength... My quickness and speed have helped a great deal and definitely on the goal line plowing through.”

Lambert, who hit .302 for the ThunderRidge baseball team last spring, at times runs the football like he is a 225-pound running back but still has enough speed to break long gainers. His yards after contact were a big reason he was named to the 2017 Colorado Community Media All-South Metro football team. He often turns what could have been a 2-yard loss into a 3-yard gain.

“I love scoring touchdowns and running kids over,” said Lambert.

Key statistics

In his first two games this season, Lambert rushed for 253 yards on 28 carries for an average of 9.8 yards per rush. He scored five touchdowns.

The coach's take

“Spencer is an unbelievable leader... He is the kind of kid that does everything you need him to do in preparation as a player, student and person. He's been a key part of helping us build the culture that is so important to being successful.”

— Doug Nisenson, ThunderRidge football coach

What's your favorite pre-game meal?

Before games I usually eat spaghetti and meatballs for the carbs.

Who is your favorite athlete?

I'd have to go with Barry Sanders just because of the way he moved.

What music do you listen to before a game and why?

Mostly just Drake and Kanye just to get me pumped up.

What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?

I think just playing for my community and trying to take this school back to what it used to be and back to the powerhouse it used to be.

What is your favorite class in school and why?

I like math. I'm good at it and it's pretty concrete and it's easy to figure out the formulas.

What do you like to do away from sports and school?

I like to go fishing and hiking.

What would be a perfect performance for you in your sport?

For me I would say 250 yards, two touchdowns and definitely a win

What are your plans after high school?

I want to play college football, get an education in engineering.


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