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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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