As the ball was released and neared Lafayell Williams, the Jefferson County star pictured what was coming next: a touchdown.
Williams picked off the pass and returned it for a score as the American team used four defensive touchdowns to beat the National team, 33-6, Saturday at Augusta Christian in the first CSRA Senior Bowl. The game featured some of the best senior players from around the area.
Williams, primarily a defensive back entering this season for Jefferson County, took over quarterback duties and helped lead the Warriors to a second-round playoff appearance.
He earned American’s Defensive MVP honors.
“I still had it in me,” Williams said about playing safety. “I pictured (the touchdown) in my head.”
Four American players returned picks for scores, including Clifford Saggus (Evans), Collin Oliver (Aquinas) and Yashem Coleman (Butler).
The National team struggled, but Craig Jones (Lincoln County) ran for 52 yards on 10 carries to earn his team’s offensive MVP award.
Lineage of Champions’ Dameon Key, the event organizer, thought the day went well, especially considering it was the first time. Key said as more people participate in and talk about the CSRA Senior Bowl, he sees it getting bigger and better. He also expects it to be a yearly event, adding he hopes to see more Richmond and Columbia County players.
American coach Ashley Harden (Butler) hopes the game grows at Augusta Christian, where he envisions fans lining up along the outside of the field to create a playoff atmosphere for the Augusta-area’s top seniors.
Players like South Aiken’s Kendell Williams and Laney’s Leo Myers were some of the other players who got the opportunity go up against players they wouldn’t normally face while also performing in front of scouts.
The game also provided coaches a few days to work with their peers.
“I think this can be a big-time event,” National coach Jeremy West (South Aiken) said.