High school football: Sam Williams gets glory in Titans' win
HOLLADAY — Darrell Revis who?
Sam Williams made a case to have his own slogan changed to Williams Island Friday night, as the state's leader in interceptions pulled down his seventh of the year and changed the complexity of the game by shutting down one of the most explosive receivers in the state to help Olympus claim a sloppy 21-17 win on senior night.
"We had too many penalties; too many turnovers, but (we) played really hard," said Olympus coach Mike Smith. "Highland is a very, very good football team and they played really well."
The two teams combined for 17 penalties that added up to 175 yards in laundry.
Coming into the game, Highland's Nate Fakahafua was a focal point to the success of the Rams offensive attack. The 6-foot-4 receiver entered the contest with 25 receptions for 468 yards and seven touchdowns. Williams limited his production to one catch for 13 yards.
"We put a guy in press on him; we were double teaming him. That helped me a lot 'cause I could just stay over top and watch the deep ball. I didn't have to worry about the short game," said Williams. "I owe it to my teammates. All I did was get the glory; they did all the dirty work. We all came up big time."
Olympus started the game off flawlessly. The Titans marched on a drive that covered 65 yards on 10 plays and culminated with an 18-yard touchdown. Williams made a sharp post route and quarterback Scott Porter delivered a ball right on the money to put the Titans up 7-0 with 8:07 remaining in the first.
Highland would get a boost of momentum later in the quarter when freshman linebacker, Adam Webber, jumped a pass and returned it 40 yards to set the Rams up in scoring position. Three plays later, Thomas Barlow, scooted around the corner, untouched, on a toss play to even the score at 7-7 with 2:29 remaining in first.
Olympus would regain the lead with 10:35 remaining in the second quarter when Porter hit his senior receiver, Spencer Lindsley, on a perfectly placed wheel route to the corner of the end zone. However, Highland would immediately respond, yet again, with 10-play drive that ended when Toi Taufa found paydirt from 12 yards out — ending the half at 14-14.
Highland would take its first lead in the third quarter off a 25-yard field goal by Hayes Hicken. Olympus gained a moral victory on the sequence when Highland suffered from a false start penalty after having the ball at the 1-yard line — thus settling for the field goal.
The Titan defense holding the Rams to three points proved to be enormous.
"Defense rose up tonight. They played great, they had the short field a lot and we played well," stated Smith.
In the following drive Williams would step up once again.
The do-it all player lined up in the slot position and ran a streak route directly into the end zone. Porter tossed a jump ball, and Williams leaped up and snagged it over the waiving defenders hands to push Olympus ahead 21-17 — ultimately proving to the be the winning touchdown.