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Posted at 11:08 a.m. PDT; Wednesday, September 8, 1999Prep football
Seamount League: Kennedy High hasn't run out of running backs
by Sandy Ringer
PLAYOFF PEDIGREE Liberty won the Seamount League's only state championship in 1988 and was runner-up in 1980. Mount Rainier is the only other Seamount team to reach the finals, losing the 1990 title game to Tumwater.
TRIVIAL PURSUIT Coach of the '88 Liberty team was Tom Ingles, now head coach at Kentwood. Coach of the '90 Mount Rainier team was Marty Osborn, now at Kentridge.
"His (Hansen's) helmet flew off and everything," Bourgette said. "That was really a collision. One of the recruiters was on the sidelines, and he told me that was one of the finest, hard hits he'd ever seen."
Said senior lineman Mike Hatfield, "When people see him, they think, 'Oh he's not that big,' but he packs a punch. When you're not expecting it, he'll -- bam! -- just hit you with everything he's got."
Williams, 6 feet, 205 pounds, likes to hit, whether it's on offense or defense, and prefers the fullback role to tailback.
"I like the contact," he said. "I like not having a lead blocker and just getting 5 yards or more, or lead blocking for other people to score."
Defense seems to be his forte.
"His knack to find the football is phenomenal," Bourgette said. "And when he gets there, he's usually in a nasty mood. He's one of the best hitters we've ever had around here."
Williams said he likes the free-flowing nature of defense, but doesn't rule out the possibility of playing fullback in college -- especially if he winds up at Washington.
"I think I'll play defense," he said, "but if I went to UW and played with Paul, I'd probably end up in the backfield blocking for him."
Williams said he isn't feeling the pressure of trying to fill Arnold's shoes at Kennedy.
"Our offense is pretty spread out," he said. "We've got a lot of people that can attack teams in different ways. I don't know if I can fill Paul's shoes. I'll try to make the team better so everyone can be at the same level. This summer, everyone worked out and I feel I've got a lot more help. I won't have to carry the team by myself."
Williams missed the first game of the 1998 season while clearing eligibility after transferring from Franklin of Seattle. He said his parents wanted him to attend a private school where his academic progress would be more closely monitored and he chose Kennedy because his cousin, Joey Thomas, was entering his senior year there. At the time, he said, he had forgotten Arnold also went to Kennedy.
Williams soon made sure no one forgot about him.
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