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        Williams racks up 568 yards as Meadowcreek tops Duluth for historic night

        Williams racks up 568 yards as Meadowcreek tops Duluth for historic night

        Check out this article on Meadowcreek High School Chauncey Williams. Meadowcreek is wearing our custom Vapor-Lite compression shirts in these photos. 

        DULUTH – Meadowcreek coach Jason Carrera has challenged his team to leave a legacy. Against Duluth on Friday night, Meadowcreek senior running back Chauncey Williams left a legacy that will difficult to match.

        Williams totaled a remarkable 568 all-purpose yards and scored five touchdowns to lead the Mustangs to a 51-36 victory over the Wildcats. He had 318 rushing yards, 75 receiving yards, and 175 kickoff return yards.

        After the final whistle blew, the prevailing emotion for Williams was gratitude.

        “It’s a blessing, and I’m grateful for it,” Williams said of his performance. “I wouldn’t be here without my O-line. They do what they have to to open holes for me and when I get that rock, I’m going to do what I do.

        “I’ve come from one of the baddest schools in DeKalb, but coming to Gwinnett was a game-changer. When I came to Meadowcreek, things turned around. Now to be a part of this, it’s a blessing. It’s like coach says, ‘leave a legacy.’ That’s what I want to do, I want to tell my kids about what I did, what we did.”

        The victory pushed the Mustangs to 2-0 for the first time since 1993, but despite such a historic performance, Carrera still wants more.

        “(Being 2-0) just means keep on going, that’s all it means,” Carrera said. “I tell them all the time to leave a legacy. What are people going to talk about when the Class of 2018 is gone? Leave a legacy. We’ve gone from being a neighborhood to a brotherhood and it shows in the way they are playing.”

        Duluth (1-2) opened the game with a 12-play drive that moved all the way down to the Mustangs’ 10-yard line, but came up empty after a missed field goal. The Mustangs responded with a 16-play drive capped by Williams 12-yard touchdown.

        The Wildcats then scored 22 unanswered points with touchdowns on a run by Kevin Rouse, a pass from Jalil El-Amin to Rouse, and another pass from El-Amin to Travion Hampton. Williams tried to kickstart the Mustangs again with a 60-yard run for a score, but the Wildcats came right back with another touchdown pass to Hampton with 52 seconds to go before halftime. But that left just enough time for Williams to strike again, this time with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to make the score 29-21 at the break.

        “For them to score there and him run the kickoff back, that gave us something,” Carrera said. “We knew we had to make some adjustments defensively at halftime because we couldn’t have stopped anybody. (WIlliams) held us in there in the first half, the defense made the adjustments and came out and played great in the second half.”

        Williams brought the Mustangs within two points with a 64-yard catch and run for his fourth touchdown early in third quarter, then the defense took over. Meadowcreek recorded six of its eight sacks after halftime. One resulted in a safety as El-Amin was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone after facing intense pressure. That tied the game at 29, then another sack forced a fumble and the Mustangs recovered in the end zone to take a 37-29 lead. Qu’vella Calhoun’s 3-yard TD then capped a 30-0 run which began with Williams’ kickoff return.

        “(Williams) is a really good football player, and their whole team in general is really tough and we didn’t match the toughness,” Duluth coach Bob Swank said. “They really punched us in the mouth and we didn’t answer at all, no one on our team did. … We just have to regroup going into an off week and have to come back mentally tougher. We aren’t a mentally tough football team.”

        Duluth put together a drive to try to start a comeback, which resulted in a 13-yard touchdown catch by William Huzzie, who finished with 144 yards on 11 catches. El-Amin was 16-for-24 passing for 238 yards and four touchdowns. Hampton left the game with an injury in the second quarter and did not return.

        Once again, Williams silenced the Wildcats as he ran for a 75-yard score on the first play from scrimmage following Huzzie’s touchdown.

        Original Article By: Chris Hillyard via Gwinnett Prep Sports

        Buccaneers: Oh Canada… Antony Auclair makes the 53 man roster

        Buccaneers: Oh Canada… Antony Auclair makes the 53 man roster

         

        UDFA Antony Auclair has Buccaneers GM Jason Licht and his coaches believing in his upside. So much so, the tight end that played his college ball in Canada has earned himself a spot on the 53 man roster.

        Today is the day (Saturday, September 2nd) that NFL teams tell over 1,000 players they are not good enough to make their squad. Per Greg Auman, Tampa Bay Times Buccaneer beat reporter, Antony Auclair will not be among them.

        Auclair played collegiate football north of the border with the Canadian football powerhouse Laval College. He’s considered to be more of a mauler while blocking at the point of attack rather than a technician. Auclair does have the speed get separation from linebackers in coverage, but the obvious jump in competition was going to be his biggest hurdle to overcome.

        The Buccaneers got an extended look at Auclair during the draft process, when the 6’5″ 256 lbs tight end was invited to play in the East West Shrine Game. The college All-Star exhibition is played in St. Petersburg, just a short drive from Bucs headquarters. So their scouts and Jason Licht were able to get an up close look at Auclair against some of the best competition in the country.

        Licht and company came away with a draftable grade for Auclair. Per NFL.comAntony was projected to be selected in round 5 or 6. When tight end OJ Howard fell to the Buccaneers in the 1st round all hopes for Auclair being drafted by Tampa went out the window. However, the Canadian went undrafted and Jason Licht moved quickly to get Auclair signed as a UDFA. The rest would be up to him.

        Tough cut was the phrase being thrown around Buccaneers training camp when discussing this years tight end group. Back were three players that made last years club. Cameron Brate, who led the league in touchdown receptions for his position. Luke Stocker, the savvy vet who knows the offense inside and out and can block as well as any NFL guard. Alan Cross, was a UDFA a year ago, who made the team with his balance of run blocking and pass catching ability. Add in a top 10 player from the entire draft OJ Howard and Tevin Westbrook, who has spent the past two seasons on the practice squad learning head coach Dirk Koetter’s playbook. Antony had his worked cut out for him. It was most definitely going to be a tough cut.

        As some of you may know I attended all of the Buccaneers open practices, minus Veterans Appreciation Day and I kept my eye on Auclair. To make a long story short as they say. Antony looked like a big physical tight end that played his college ball in Canada and was making a big jump up in competition, but he was putting in the work.

        Several times I witnessed Auclair being told exactly where to lineup presnap. Either a step up on the line or being waved out further to the sideline by the quarterback. It wasn’t uncommon to see Koetter pull Auclair to the side after a rep and correct a minor route mistake. After practice Ryan Griffin could be seen walking Antony through some of the more intricate nuances of redzone route running.

        Personally I never saw Antony Auclair flash, or have a stand out practice, but Jason Licht is always looking towards the future. With Luke Stocker getting up there in age and the Buccaneers planning to use the two tight end sets for the foreseeable future. Tampa will need a versatile player such as Auclair, that can block like an offensive lineman and get separation against NFL linebackers. Also with college football offenses’ being dominantly spread, good to very good blocking tight ends are becoming harder and harder to find.

        Make no mistake Antony Auclair made the Bucs roster on hopeful potential not contributing ability. I think the Buccaneers keep five tight ends on this years roster, with only Tevin Westbrook not making the team. (Westbrook was cut yesterday) I don’t expect Auclair to be dressed for many games either. Showing up on the list of seven players that are inactive for every NFL game.

        That being said Antony Auclair had the odds stacked severely against him. He faced them head on and overcame them to make his American dream come true. Hoe many of us can say the same.

        Original Article by: Douglas O'Connor via the Pewter Plank