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