As Weaver beat Glencoe 38-13, Hawkins rushed for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns, threw for 139 yards and a touchdown, and returned an interception 101 yards for a touchdown, which he called the highlight of the night.
But as good as he is on the field, his coach said he is an even better person. The way Hawkins carries himself around Weaver High has instilled Darryl Hamby with enough respect that he said he would leave his 14-year-old son, Dalton, with Hawkins without a worry.
“What I’ve always loved about Timothy is how he’s acted around my kid. Just first class,” said Hamby, who is Hawkins’ coach not only in football but basketball as well. “Timothy has also done right with Dalton, and he’s one of those kids that I could leave with Dalton and I know he’s in great hands.”
Hawkins said he tries to think of his family with how he acts. He has tattoos on his arms with the names of his parents, sister and grandmother.
“Family means a lot,” Hawkins said. “Without them there’s no one else to rely on.”
During games, his mother, Stalikha, settles into her normal seat with an air horn in hand while his father, Tim, walked the fence while recording the game.
“They’re always the first ones there,” Hawkins said. “I actually like the air horn and everything because I know they’re there supporting me.”
Hamby said the influence of the parents is what makes Hawkins enjoyable to have on the team.
“They do a great job with Timothy, and he has great character,” Hamby said. “Of course, we have a lot of kids with great character that may not have a whole lot, but they’re just fine kids. I can’t say enough about Timothy’s work ethic. I don’t think he’s ever missed a workout whether he’s made all of his or not. He’s a joy to be around and is a coach’s dream.”
Included in Hawkins’ childhood came a personality that matches that of the Weaver coaches. Jokes are common around the locker room and more times than not, Hawkins is right in the middle of the laughter.
“We’re probably a different coaching staff than anyone else. I’ll joke around and everything, but I’ll also go psycho,” Hamby said. “They know what my limits are, but we like to have a good time. Timothy understands when it’s time to have a good time and when it’s time to be serious.”
Hawkins’ serious side comes from from three of the biggest things he was taught as a child: discipline, having respect for others and carrying himself well.
“My mom used to always tell me being courtesy would carry me far in life and it has,” the senior said. “I’m the same now that I’ve always been.”
All of this adds up to the type of person Hamby wants in charge of the Weaver offense.
“He still has room to grow, and that’s what scary about him,” Weaver coach Daryl Hamby said. “He had opportunities last week to have done things different and had better numbers. He’ll watch film and see that.”
After the Bearcats missed the Class 3A playoffs last season for the first time since Hamby arrived in 2010, Hawkins and Weaver are off to a strong start after opening Region 5 play with a homecoming win over Glencoe. With Hawkins totaling 249 yards on offense, the question is slowly changing from if the Bearcats make the playoffs to how far they go in the postseason.
“Nobody could do what Timothy does,” Hamby said. “I always try to think of our team from the outside, and he is a nightmare. I wouldn’t want to coach against him. You always hope if he throws he can’t run, if he runs, he can’t do both. But Timothy does both very well. How do you defend that?”
Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star