Speedy Stanley Williams didn’t need much space. When he found some, even when it was just a crease, he simply ran past everyone.
Williams’ big night was a huge piece of George Walton’s big rushing attack as the Bulldogs ousted Aquinas 38-12 in the first round of the Class A private state playoffs Friday night.
Williams rushed for 224 yards and four touchdowns as George Walton amassed more than 425 yards on the ground behind its strong offensive line.
“That line is phenomenal,” Aquinas coach Matt LeZotte said. “We don’t play against lines that push you around like that.”
While Williams was bursting into the open field against the Irish, Aquinas star Brendan Douglas was mostly bottled up. He gained only seven yards on his first eight rushes, barely taking more than a few steps before he was hit. The Georgia Tech commit had just 56 rushing yards and was more impactful as a punter and on defense in his final game in an Irish uniform.
Two punts went for more than 60 yard and one was muffed by George Walton and recovered by the Irish. That set up Aquinas (8-3) for the first score of the game on a Douglas run.
Later, with George Walton (8-3) deep on its side of the field, a hit forced a fumble, and Douglas scooped it up and scored to give the Irish a 12-7 lead in the second quarter.
Other than that, it was all George Walton.
Williams, who has committed to Georgia, had 148 rushing yards by halftime, including three scores on runs of 14, 47 and 60 yards. Williams was dangerous when he turned on the speed, but he was also patient when needed. On his shortest first-half touchdown run, he followed his lead blocker before it was time to step away and go in for a touchdown.
The 14-yard score made it 21-12 at the half, and it only got worse for Aquinas from there.
While Aquinas punted on all of its second-half possessions, the Bulldogs scored on their first three before they got the ball with 2:35 left in the game. By then, all they had to do was run out the clock.
Williams’ speed worked with bruiser Tyler Jarvis, who rushed for 65 yards. Teammate Nick Waters and quarterback Hunter Rice combined for 100 yards on only 16 attempts.
“You got to be proud of the season we had,” LeZotte said to his team a few times after the game.