Clarence's Williams expected to get ball often after putting up big 2012 numbers
Clarence High School’s top playmaker was dynamic last season and he’s hoping to be just that again this year, as well.
“I’m just looking to provide everything my team needs from me,” Williams said during the first week of training camp. “Offensively, just be a factor. The main thing is to win; I’m going to do whatever I can to help make that happen.”
Williams made things happen in all facets last season and collected an impressive 1,947 all-purpose yards. Some of his dazzling numbers included:
* He collected 1,101 rushing yards on just 117 carries — a nifty 9.4 per carry average, and ran for 12 touchdowns.
* Williams caught 12 passes for 386 yards and seven more scores, leading the Red Devils in receiving yards and TD catches.
* He returned nine punts for 219 yards and three more touchdowns and added 241 yards on 12 kickoff returns.
* Williams also added four two-point conversions, pushing his season-total to 136 points, a school record.
* On the defensive side of the ball, the safety collected 30 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. The interception clinched the game in the final minute of a 25-22 win over rival Lancaster in Week 4.
Offense, defense or special teams, Williams did it all as a junior and is expected to do so again as a senior.
“Emaure is, in my option, as talented a football player as there is in Western New York,” Clarence coach Mark Layer said. “He demonstrated last season on the football field and with his end-of-the-season statistics, he had almost 2,000 all-purpose yards...He’s tremendous.”
And the only numbers that Williams is truly concerned with this season are the ones on the scoreboard and standings. Clarence had a good season in 2012 against tough competition, finishing 5-4, but this year’s team wants even more.
“The expectations are definitely to make the playoffs and definitely win in the playoffs this season,” Williams said.