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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 loses first game to Oakland

A's end losing streak against Astros with late homers

Lance McCullers Jr. went five innings of one-run ball Friday night. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

After maintaining their stronghold against the A's in Thursday's home opener, the Astros had the chance to lock up the three-game series victory against Oakland with a win on Friday night. On the mound, Lance McCullers Jr. hoped to improve upon his first start against this same team, a five-inning one-run outing.

Instead, he would have the same outcome, once again lasting five innings while allowing one run, before a big tie-breaking home run late in the game would push Oakland out of their losing skid against the Astros.

Final Score: A's 6, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-2, tied for first in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Yusmeiro Petit (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Bryan Abreu (1-1)

McCullers Jr. makes it through five

McCullers Jr. looked sharp through the first three innings, allowing just two baserunners, one on a second-inning single, then a walk in the third. Oakland did better against him the second time through their order in the fourth, with Jed Lowrie leading the inning off with a solo home run to put Oakland in front 1-0.

They went on to load the bases with one out on an error and two walks, but McCullers would strand them all. He returned for the fifth, a much cleaner inning where a caught stealing by Martin Maldonado would help him face just three batters. His final line: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 88 P.

Oakland gets homer-happy to even the series

McCullers Jr. would leave the game without being eligible for the winning or losing decision, as an RBI-groundout by Kyle Tucker in the fourth would have it tied 1-1. Bryan Abreu was the first out of Houston's bullpen, and he would attempt to eat up multiple innings. He had perfect innings in the sixth and seventh, retiring six A's in order to maintain the stalemate.

Abreu remained in the game in the top of the eighth, allowing a single before getting a strikeout, ending his run as Dusty Baker would bring in left-handed Blake Taylor. Taylor would give up a single against his first batter, then a loud go-ahead three-run home run to Matt Olson to push the A's back in front 4-1. They'd add two more insurance runs off of Joe Smith in the top of the ninth, getting a two-run home run by Mark Canha to extend the lead to 6-1.

Oakland's bullpen would hold on to the newly created lead, allowing just one run on a sac fly by Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth, finally ending their losing streak against Houston and setting up the rubber game on Saturday to be for the series victory.

Up Next: This series's finale will be a Saturday afternoon start, with first pitch scheduled for 3:05 PM. For the Astros, Jose Urquidy (0-0, 4.15 ERA) will look to get a win on the board, while Oakland will hand the ball to Frankie Montas (0-1, 23.63 ERA).

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