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Byrd No Match for Hidden Valley

David Williams (#8) had a another big game, racking up 313 yards for Hidden Valley.
David Williams (#8) had a another big game, racking up 313 yards for Hidden Valley.

After winning its opener 44-14, Hidden Valley was even a bit better in last Friday night’s home game against William Byrd, beating the Terriers 49-14 at Bogle Stadium. For the second week in a row senior Titans tailback David Williams set a school record for yards on the ground – this time racking up 313.

William Byrd veteran head coach Jeff Highfill said his Terriers made some mistakes, but he gave credit where credit was due: “they outmanned us. That’s a good ball club. Williams runs real hard. He’s not as flashy as some of them we’ll see but we won’t find anyone who runs any harder.”

Williams credits his O-line with opening the holes that have made the former backup runner a smash hit in his first few games as a senior. “They bust their butts all the time and it pays off.” Hidden Valley head coach Scott Weaver is reaping the benefits of a seasoned offensive line – as is Williams. “Coming in to this season that’s what we had coming back on offense,” said Weaver of his O-line. “We try to play to our strengths [but] we still have a lot of work to do.”

Williams, also a championship wrestler at 145 lbs, comes from a football pedigree; his father and uncle both played major college football and an older brother plays on a club team at the Naval Academy.

The Titans must keep working and can always get better said Williams, who backed up the now-departed David Turner for the past few years. “It will pay off when game time comes. I just have to run the ball.”

Highfill is starting several freshmen on a Terriers team that has lost a number of key players from two Blue Ridge District champion teams. After an opening week win the resounding loss to Hidden Valley was a reality check. “We’ve got a young football team…but you go through that. It’s a measuring stick. Some of it we can’t cure right away. Some of it is [work in] the weight room and growing up.”

The veteran Byrd coach said the Titans weren’t “huge” physically but move well. “I think they’ll do very well.”

By Gene Marrano
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