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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 offense once again obliterated Baltimore in Wednesday's finale. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Owners of a nine-game winning streak, the Astros tried to keep the train rolling to make it double digits and complete the three-game sweep of the Orioles in Baltimore. Not only would they get the win, but they also did it by dominating on both sides of the ball again in a one-sided shutout.

Final Score: Astros 13, Orioles 0

Astros' Record: 46-28, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (6-3)

Losing Pitcher: Thomas Eshelman (0-1)

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Yuli Gurriel extended it to 4-0 with a two-out RBI single in the second, then Jose Altuve made it a six-run game with a two-run blast in the top of the fourth. Michael Brantley joined in with an RBI single in the top of the sixth, then Yordan Alvarez led off a four-run seventh with a solo bomb before a three-run homer by Abraham Toro made it 11-0.

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Ralph Garza Jr. was Houston's third pitcher, wrapping things up at the bottom of the ninth. He erased a one-out walk and a single with a double play to end the game, giving Houston the three-game sweep and extending their winning streak to ten games as they continue to look like baseball's best team.

Up Next: The next stop on this road trip for Houston is Detroit, where they will kick off a four-game set with the Tigers on Thursday at 6:10 PM Central. The pitching matchup for the opener will be Luis Garcia (5-4, 2.82 ERA) for Houston and Jose Urena (2-7, 5.79 ERA) for Detroit.

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