Williams runs for 308 yards, Parkland avenges loss to Red Rovers
Boston College's Andre Williams leads NCAA Division I with over 2000 yards and 16 touchdowns through 11 games, claiming his candidacy for a Heisman trophy. His younger brother, Kareem, is putting together quite an individual season as well while leading the Parkland Trojans through a District 11 playoff run. The senior has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and has become the team's go-to back in the second half of the season.
"We both want to go out there and shine well for our family," Williams said. "It's great that we're both doing good."
Kareem Williams was at it again last Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium. The tailback ran for 309 yards and four touchdowns, pacing the Trojans to a 42-0 victory over Easton and a second consecutive District 11 championship.
The win was savored by Parkland (12-1 overall) not only because the Trojans were crowned champs once again, but because of the bitter taste they had in their mouths after being shut out by the Red Rovers back in September.
"It's something that we definitely wanted and something that we definitely needed," said Kareem Williams. "Going to states now with a win like this, it gives us a lot of momentum."
Williams credited his offensive line, consisting of Josh Walmer, David Barber, Omar Haddad, Dominic Rossetti and Mike Aboulhouda, for his career night. The 309 yards is the most he has rushed for, breaking the 227 yard mark he hit two weeks ago against Whitehall.
Eli Redmond added a 28-yard touchdown catch from Devante Cross and a 75-yard punt return for a score as the Trojans not only lit up the scoreboard, but prevented Easton (10-3 overall) from getting anything in return.
The Parkland defense, which gave up 24 points in the last meeting between the teams, only allowed 153 yards and forced two turnovers. Jarey Elder intercepted a pass from Brad Wilkins in the second quarter to hault a potential Red Rover scoring drive.
"Coach [Tim] Monceman stressed running to the ball because they have great athletes that can score," Redmond said. "We just utilized his game plan and did what we had to do."
Morgans credited a better week of practice from his team leading up to the game. He believed that the week before their lone loss of the season, they did not have a good practice week and it showed. But over the last 11 weeks, the Trojans have found an identity and improved greatly in every aspect of their game.
Williams' four touchdowns went for 96, 65, 22, and 60 yards respectively.
While both Williams have been showcasing their running ability, Kareem was able to top Andre in one category, knocking off the Red Rovers in a district final. In 2009, when Andre was a senior, the Trojans lost to Easton 21-14 in the District 11 final.
Parkland will now face District 12 champion Saint Joseph's Prep at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.