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Terriers senior LJ Williams rushed for 168 yards and a career- high performance over the Golden Eagles.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
MONETA -- Usually LJ Williams is a crushing blocker out of the backfield for William Byrd 's football team.
He did plenty of that to good effect against Staunton River on Friday night.
He showed the Golden Eagles more than the tops of his shoulder pads, though.
They saw a lot of his back and No. 34 as he ran for four touchdowns in a 49-13 rout that served to dampen the homecoming and celebration of 50 years as a school for Staunton River.
The 5-foot-9, 225-pound senior bruiser rushed for a career-high 168 yards on just eight carries as the Terriers overland attack was shredding the Golden Eagles defense for 604 yards and 32 first downs.
Williams was one of three Byrd backs who topped 100 yards, the others being quarterback Zac Hill, who had 21 carries for 202 yards, and reserve Lacy Bethel, who rushed 10 times for 112 yards and a touchdown.
Another Terriers back, Simeon Horstmann, carried five times for 75 yards and two touchdowns.
On the second venture into the end zone, Horstmann dislocated his kneecap trying to pull free from a tackle attempt and did not return.
The injury was not believed to be serious and Horstmann is hoped to be back in action after the Terriers bye week next week, according to Byrd coach Jeff Highfill.
Byrd (5-1, 2-0 Blue Ridge District) led 28-6 at the half .
"They're a strong senior-laden team and a lot of those kids took their lumps when they were young," Golden Eagles coach Chuck Poston said. "And now those kids are studs. They're really good up front. They really come off the football. They're going to be a hard out for anybody."
Strong as they were, the Terriers weren't flawless.
They had a fumble and an interception - one more turnover than Staunton River - and were docked 131 yards on eight penalties.
"We've really got to get that cleaned up," Highfill said.
Otherwise, it was an impressive performance.
The rushing attack was unstoppable and it really didn't matter who had the carry. Linemen Chris Thomas, Cameron Livingstone, Dylan Fisher and tight end James Stinnette did a job blocking.
"The blocking schemes were easy," Thomas said. "The tackles just had to block out on them all night. We ran right up the middle and they couldn't stop it."
Byrd's usual plan with the running game is to get backs Williams and Horstmann to the point of attack and let Hill follow them. When Horstmann got hurt, Williams started getting the carries.
He came off the field after his last TD while cramping, but that was about all that slowed him down.
"The line was doing a great job blocking and I was able to do what I did," Williams said. "The line was just pushing them off the ball. My fullback was doing a good job of getting to the linebacker and I was cutting off his block."
Staunton River (1-5, 0-2), in the first year running the single wing offense, had its moments.
Tailback Deshawn Matin made a pretty play connecting with Jakob Divers out of the backfield on a 23-yard second quarter scoring play. Martin also found Clay Feazell on a 36-yard pass that set up the Eagles second TD.
"We're young and we've had so many injuries that we haven't been able to keep any continuity in the backfield," Poston said. "The single wing fits the kinds of kids we have at our school. We've just got to get healthy."
William Byrd 7 21 14 7-49
Staunton River 0 6 7 0-13
WB - Horstmann 4 run (Coleman kick)
SR - Divers 23 pass from Martin (kick blocked)
WB - Horstmann 12 run (Coleman kick)
WB - Williams 9 run (Coleman kick)
WB - Williams 12 run (Coleman kick)
WB - Williams 12 run (Coleman kick)
WB - Williams 54 run (Coleman kick)
SR - Martin 8 run (Daponte kick)
WB - Bethel 11 run (Coleman kick)
First downs 32 11
Yards rushing 620 140
Passes C-A-I 2-8-1 2-7-0
Yards passing 51 59
Penalties-yards 8-131 6-51
Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0
Punts-average 1-26 8-33.9
RUSHING - William Byrd, Hill 21-202, Williams 8-168, Bethel 10-112, Horstmann 6-75, Kearney -25, Owens 1-8, Coleman 5-7, Shaffer 1-3. Staunton River, Martin 17-42, Divers 7-24, Feazell 8-26,Hunt 8-16.
PASSING - William Byrd, Hill 1-5-1-28, Coleman 1-3-0-23. Staunton River, Martin 2-6-0-36, Hunt 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING - William Byrd, Stinnette 2-51, Staunton River, Feazell 1-36, Divers 1-23.
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