Do you remember your homecoming week in high school? Maybe you do, maybe you don't, one thing is for sure, running back Josh Williams of Downers Grove South High School (Downers Grove, IL) will never forget his junior year homecoming football game.
The two weeks prior to his homecoming game Williams had rushed for over 200+ yards in consecutive games. The Mustangs of Downers Grove came out on Friday with a stellar defensive performance that made life on Williams a little less hectic.
After carrying the ball over 30 times the past two weeks, Williams only carried the ball 17 times thanks to the defense led by Bryan Ruggiero,Leo Arvanitakis and Danny Leach (interceptions) that forced six turnovers against Willowbrook High School. The turnovers and the play of defensive end Wesley Scott led to Downers Grove starting almost every drive in the opponent's territory.
Williams carried the ball 17 times for 127 yards and set a school record with six, yes, six touchdowns. Scoring on runs of 12 yards, 1 yard, 3 yards, 45 yards, 3 yards and 17 yards Williams was simply unstoppable.
Like any great running back Williams after the game said "I couldn't do it without my line, sure I've had some great games this year but I wouldn't be able to without the great offensive line that I have." The offensive line that leads the way for Williams is made up of Shane Companey, Tim Lieb, Nick Monaghan, Mark Muench and Zach Taylor who appreciate the support given to them by Williams.
"He's a special player and we all find it deep within ourselves to give the create the best opportunities for him to make big plays." After the game Williams was notified of being the new school record holder and had plenty of feedback.
"It feels great to hold the record for most touchdowns in a game at DGS. It is a complete honor to be blessed with the talent and abilities to do such things that have never been done at my school before." Williams goes on and like the humble player he is proves that records mean nothing to him.
"This by far was and is my most memorable game of my high school career. With all that said I can not become comfortable and content, I must keep running hard game in and game out."
Quarterback A.J. Simoncelli is very appreciative of Williams saying "Having a player like Josh behind me takes a lot of pressure off me as we are both juniors and we both are looking to reach our highest level of play and we feed off each other." Simoncelli is a true team leader that everyone can respect.
It's not always easy as a quarterback to take the back seat to a running back who is turning heads week and week out "Why not? I love it, the crowd goes crazy for the team and in the end as long as we win, no one has bragging rights, it's a team effort."
There are no bragging rights involved or needed. The Mustangs look to continue their dominant ways behind the defense and legs of Williams, next week at Proviso East High School (Maywood, IL) where all eyes will once again be on number 25, Josh Williams, who's rising up the recruiting rankings but just wants to win for his team..