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Justus Williams is named WLOX High School Off. Player of the Year

Bay High enjoyed a banner season running off 10 wins in 12 games, thanks to team play and the running ability of Justus Williams.

The 6-foot-1, 175 pound senior tailback ripped off 18-hundred-11 yards rushing.

He was instrumental in helping the Tigers of head coach Jeff Hopgood jump into the 4A South State quarterfinals before losing to Greene County.

To go along with his one-thousand-811 rushing yards ...the WLOX Offensive Player of the Year,

bagged 23 touchdowns, he averaged 150.9 yards per game and every time he touched the football he exploded for 9.63 yards per carry.

It was a banner season for Williams.@

He said, "I just think that it's good because I worked hard. My team worked hard and we wanted to win. Luckily I got the ball a lot and I had to make things happen.

Coach Hopgood added, "He's a kid that seemed to get better as the game wore on. The more carries he got the better he was. Just been a great back for us the last two years. He's one of those kids that worked his way up from the junior high program and didn't become a true starter for us until his junior season and I think he led the coast in rushing the last two years."

Over the past two seasons Williams rushed for 3-thousand-161 yards and totaled 40 touchdowns becoming Bay High's all-time leading rusher.

However, he's also an outstanding basketball player, netting 26 points and 12 rebounds per game. Williams says Mississippi Valley State has offered a football scholarship and Jones Junior College has offered a football scholarship and the option of playing basketball as well.

"I just like playing both sports," stated Williams. He added, "I don't really have a favorite."

Hopgood said,"Whether it's football, basketball or both I think he'll excel at both. He's an impact player in both sports and I look forward to watching him play wherever he goes.


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