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Kinkaid's Josh Williams is having a breakout season

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Josh Williams had no clue how many yards he had.

During the game, teammates were telling him on the sidelines he was racking up a ton of yards. Williams still didn’t have any idea how many it actually was until after the game.

While standing in the middle of a team meeting following a wild 77-63 victory over St. Thomas on September 14, Williams was announced as the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Williams had rushed 35 times for 436 yards and six touchdowns and had one catch for 25 yards and another score.

A total of 491 all-purpose yards and seven scores for the Kinkaid senior, which Williams admitted, he couldn’t have done by himself.

“During the game, I noticed my linemen were working really hard,” Williams said. “I tried to appreciate them by finishing runs and saying thank you after I scored. I would go celebrate with them first before I’d go celebrate with anyone else.”

Williams caught statewide attention for his performance being named the Week 3 Built Ford Tough Private School Player of the Week.

That performance fueled Williams to racking up crazy numbers after the first five games – 1,291 total all-purpose yards – 924 yards rushing, 14 touchdowns and 374 yards receiving and five scores. The senior was averaging 258.2 all-purpose yards per game through those outings.

The love for the game of football started for Williams as a child.

“When I was younger, my father was a running back in the NFL so that’s what I wanted to do,” Williams said.

Jermaine Williams, who played at the University of Houston, spent four seasons in the NFL playing for the Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs before retiring after the 2001 season.

“I grew up in the locker room,” Williams said. “I have autographs from Jerry Rice to Charles Woodson. He’s been giving me knowledge and I’ve been picking his brain since I was six or seven.”

 

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Houston's magic number stays at 2

Astros drop series finale to Mariners after rough start by Greinke

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With their magic number at 2 to secure their spot in the 2020 MLB postseason, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park in Seattle for this three-game series' finale and rubber game. Here are the highlights from the game:

Final Score: Mariners 3, Astros 2.

Record: 28-28, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Nick Margevicius (2-3, 4.57 ERA)

Losing pitcher: Zack Greinke (3-3, 4.03 ERA).

Greinke unable to complete five innings

While the Astros were being held scoreless, the Mariners were putting up runs on Zack Greinke. They took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles followed by an RBI-double with one out. Greinke would stop the damage there, then looked to settle in over the next few frames.

He allowed just one baserunner in the second through fourth innings, a one-out single in the bottom of the fourth. Then, in the fifth, the Mariners would knock him out of the game by getting a one-out single that would come around to score on a two-out RBI-double, followed by an RBI-single to extend the lead to 3-0. Greinke faced one more batter, allowing a single before Dusty Baker would take the ball and move to the bullpen. His final line: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 92 P.

Astros try a late rally, come up short

On the other end, the Astros were unable to break through against Nick Margevicius, getting just one hit and two walks through the first four innings. They had a chance to get on the board in the top of the fifth, starting the inning with back-to-back singles before a walk loaded the bases with one out to turn the lineup over. They'd come up empty, though, with George Springer striking out before a long flyball to center by Jose Altuve to end the inning.

After finishing the fifth for Greinke, Andre Scrubb returned for a scoreless sixth, working around a one-out walk. Still 3-0, Blake Taylor took over on the mound in the bottom of the seventh, erasing a leadoff single and two-out walk to keep Seattle from extending their lead. Houston had another chance to score in the top of the eighth, getting two runners in scoring position, but again would strand them.

Cy Sneed was the next reliever out for the Astros, working around a two-out walk to send the game on to the ninth. The Astros would avoid the shutout, getting a two-RBI single by pinch-hitting Josh Reddick in the top of the ninth to make it a one-run game at 3-2. That's as close as they'd come, though, as the Mariners would eventually get the final out to take the series and keep the Astros' magic number stagnant at 2.


Up Next: There is one series left in the regular season for Houston, and it awaits them in Arlington with a four-game series against the Rangers, who are well eliminated from playoff contention. The first of the four games will start at 7:05 PM Central on Thursday with a pitching matchup of Lance Lynn (6-2, 2.53 ERA) for Texas and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.33 ERA) for the Astros.

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