CARRY THE LOAD WILLIAMS LEADING WITH LEGS, HEART.Byline: Chris Cocoles Staff Writer
MOORPARK - When the Moorpark High football coaches watched footage of the Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. game, one play stood out.
It was just an 8-yard gain, but Musketeers offensive coordinator An offensive coordinator typically refers to the coach on a football team in the National Football League or College football who is in charge of the offense. This position aids the head coach by designing and scripting plays, delegating work to offensive position coaches during John Kidder, a former UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
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UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX offensive lineman, was in awe of the effort from senior running back Brandon Williams
``I think he ran over the first guy and lowered his shoulder on the second. There were four or five guys that had him. It took the sixth or seventh to make the tackle,'' Kidder said. ``It's one of the best runs I've seen.''
``I would have to agree,'' Musketeers coach Tim Lins said. ``That was a terrific run. He tends to gain yardage yard·age 1
1. An amount or length measured in yards.
2. Cloth sold by the yard.
Noun 1. after the first hit, sometimes after the second hit and sometimes after the third.''
Williams ran away from, around and through empty-handed tacklers on the way to a third-place Marmonte League The Marmonte League is a high school sports league primarily made up of schools from Ventura County. The Marmonte Leauge is part of the CIF Southern Section. Click here to view the league schedule. finish for Moorpark, which will play Buena of Ventura in a Southern Section Division IV playoff opener Friday night.
He rushed for 1,258 yards and 11 touchdowns in the regular season. That total would have been far higher, but he missed 1 1/2 games with a deep thigh bruise bruise
Visible bluish or purplish mark beneath the surface of unbroken skin, indicating burst blood vessels in deeper tissue layers. Bruises are usually caused by a blow or pressure, but they may occur spontaneously in elderly persons. . The Musketeers also couldn't find a Week-10 opponent and played just nine games.
In the games that mattered most, Marmonte League play, Williams was at his best. He rushed for at least 147 yards in five of six games. He went for 225 at league-champion Thousand Oaks, 221 against Newbury Park, 172 at Royal of Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. .
Only Westlake, which jumped to an early lead, shackled him. Williams gained 42 on just 14 attempts. He had 37, 27, 27, 29 and 29 carries in Moorpark's five other league games.
``We wanted to take away something from them and he was their best offensive weapon,'' Westlake coach Jim Benkert said. ``We centered our defense around the fact that he was not going to beat us. We packed it in to stop him. Where he went, we went.''
But even Benkert calls Williams ``a heck of a back.'' That includes at cornerback, where he also starts and rarely leaves the field except for the occasional breather.
When he was hurt early in the third quarter against Royal of Simi Valley and subsequently sat out the Channel Islands game, Williams was crushed. Also a baseball player, he holds a passion for the sports he plays at Moorpark.
``This is pretty much the only thing I care about besides my family. I trust most of (the Musketeers players) with my life,'' he said, an indicator it's difficult for the coaches to drag him off the field.
``I really don't want breaks. Unless I'm really, really tired, which is not that often. I can get in my mind before the game, `I'm not going to be tired. I won't be tired. And if I do get tired, it's just going to be for one play.' ''
He is the kind of workaholic work·a·hol·ic
One who has a compulsive and unrelenting need to work. who literally can carry the load on an 80-yard drive. At Thousand Oaks, the Musketeers tested that theory.
``We said, `Let's see Let's See was a Canadian television series broadcast on CBC Television between September 6, 1952 to July 4, 1953. The segment, which had a running time of 15 minutes, was a puppet show with a character named Uncle Chichimus (voice of John Conway), which presented each if he can carry us,' '' Kidder said. ``And he did.''
On one drive, quarterback Aaron Garcia Aaron Garcia is a quarterback in the Arena Football League. High school career
Garcia is a native of Sacramento, California, and he played high school football with his father as coach at Grant Union High School in Sacramento, California, where he shattered John handed off to Williams nine consecutive plays. His first two attempts went for 21 and 33 yards. But the next seven were more typical of Williams' strengths: 9 yards, 5 yards, 8 yards. Straight-ahead power running. Included was the previously mentioned pinball-machine gain so cherished by the coaches.
On the 10th play of the drive, Garcia scrambled for the 3-yard touchdown, but everyone on the Moorpark sideline sideline
See on the sidelines. realized who was responsible for the additional 77 yards. Although a humble Williams credits the offensive line for his success.
``For his position, he's pretty darn durable,'' Lins said. ``For the amount of hits that he takes on 28 or 30 carries, how many carries he has each game. He's been able to take a lot of punishment.''
His teammates notice what Williams means to the Musketeers. Senior fullback/defensive back Charlie Brown is his closest friend on the team. Brown moved to the area five years ago and hit it off immediately with Williams.
``We're kind of the best of buds. We've grown up in that sense. It's been an experience,'' said Brown, who like many of his teammates have followed Williams' lead this year.
``Brandon's really important to us, as is everyone else on the team. We kind of look up to him. When he performs well, we do, too. When it all comes together and he's working well and we're working well, everything goes the way it should be.''
Moorpark's Brandon Williams is a tireless worker for the Musketeers. In addition to rushing for more than 1,200 yards this season, Williams is the starting cornerback.
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