Charlie Simmons is catching up on winning.

Simmons, Kansas Wesleyan’s sophomore tight end, didn’t know what victory was during his four-year high school career at Creekside High School in St. Johns County, Fla.

“We didn’t win a game. We got blown out quite a few times,” he said.

As a result, Creekside wasn’t a destination for college recruiters. Part of the reason was the school’s video equipment wasn’t functional during his senior season, giving him nothing to show scouts.

Simmons managed to succeed as an individual, though.

“I had some good friends that were also dedicated and the really pushed me to become better given our circumstances,” he said.

Former KWU assistant coach Vince Fillipp discovered Simmons, despite his obscurity, and worked to get him to Salina.

Since arriving, Simmons has learned the joys of success. The Coyotes won eight games during his freshman year, when he played wide receiver.

KWU’s 2-0 this season, ranked 16th in the NAIA and plays a monumental Kansas Conference game against No. 25 Sterling on Saturday in Sterling.

Simmons is enjoying the ride immensely.

“It definitely feels great to be on the other end of the spectrum,” he said. “I like handing it out a lot better than taking it.”

Simmons has been “handing it out” a lot in the early going. He caught seven passes for 53 yards and one touchdown in 10 games a year ago, but has eight catches for 140 yards and three TDs in the Coyotes’ first two games.

He snagged three passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns in the Coyotes’ 83-0 rout of Friends last week.

Simmons is thriving at a new position in 2018, having moved to tight end and allowing All-American Trenton Poe-Evans to move from tight end to the outside.

“He was a sophomore just like I am this year,” Simmons said. “To see that I could achieve that as a sophomore as well if I go out and perform was great for me.”

Simmons has adjusted well, to say the least.

“He is the complete package,” Wesleyan coach Matt Drinkall said. “He is big, he is strong, he’s athletic, he can run, catches the ball … He’s as good a player at his position as you can possible recruit.”

Simmons doesn’t have prototypical tight end size — 6-feet-1, 200 pounds — but his strength, quickness, speed and intelligence are equalizers.

Blocking is typically a hallmark of good tight ends and Simmons is doing his part, after some adjustments. He knew how to block as a wide receiver, but his new position offers some different challenges. He often finds himself going against behemoth defenders.

“I’m having to learn how to block all over again with the steps,” he said. “I have really quick feet because I’ve always played receiver. I have to adjust to linemen.

“I remember when I first started doing it I was like whoa, I was in a whole other world. I started getting my technique down.”

Simmons said he’s more at ease on and off the field in his second year at KWU.

“I’m a lot more comfortable with my school work and I’ve developed better study habits to help me get through this year,” he said.

Simmons said he and his teammates don’t expect to score 83 points tonight against a talented Sterling team. Last week’s onslaught was a surprise as KWU led 69-0 at halftime and 83-0 in the third quarter.

“I was definitely shocked,” he said. “Even back in high school, when we never won a game, we never lost by 69 points, let alone had that much put on us at halftime.”