Running back leads Dragons to victory
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
They couldn’t catch Adrian Williams.
Williams, the younger brother of Callaway standout Cartavious “Tank” Bigsby, had three touchdown runs to lead the Dragons to an 18-12 win over the Municipal Supply Cowboys in the Troup County Parks and Recreation Commission 7-8-year-old championship game.
Williams had scoring runs of 60, 55 and two yards to help his team complete an unbeaten season with a victory in the Textile Bowl on a frigid night at Callaway Stadium.
“He’s done good,” said Matt Napier, head coach of the Dragons. “That’s his best game of the year. He really showed out tonight, and he had an awesome game.”
The Cowboys, who came into the game without a loss, hung tough but were unable to finish off their season with a championship.
The Cowboys got a 6-yard touchdown run from Zaatari Truitt and an 18-yard scoring run from Braylen Gray.
Roderika Avery, the head coach of the Cowboys, said his message to the players was to “just keep your head up. You can’t win them all, and you’ll be back.”
It didn’t take Williams long to make an impact on the game, with his 55-yard touchdown run giving the Dragons a 6-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Williams’ 2-yard scoring run put the Dragons on top 12-0.
The Cowboys, needing a big play to change the momentum, got one when Truitt ripped off a 60-yard touchdown run to make it a 12-6 game with 3:35 left in the half.
Moments later, it was Williams’ turn.
Looking an awful lot like big brother Tank, who had four touchdown runs in last week’s playoff win over Hapeville Charter, Williams’ 60-yard scoring run put the Dragons on top 18-6.
The Cowboys had an answer of their own, with Gray’s 19-yard scoring scamper as time expired in the half cutting the Dragons’ lead to 18-12.
The defenses took charge in the second half, and it was the Dragons hanging on for the win.
“We were pleased with how they played, and the effort they played with,” Napier said. “It was tough. It’s cold for an 8-year-old out here tonight. The kids came out here and toughed it out in this weather, and it was exciting to see. It was fun. Those kids had a blast.”
The day was a special one for Napier, who is also the head coach for the Outlaws, who lost the 11-12-year-old championship game to the Raiders.
The quarterbacks for the Dragons and the Outlaws were Napier’s sons.
While Bear Napier was the quarterback for the Dragons, Jett Napier was the quarterback for the Outlaws.
“The rec department does a great job. All of the coaches do a great job,” Napier said. “It’s a special deal, and I’m happy my sons have been a part of it, and continue to be a part of it.”
TEAM MEMBERS: Bear Napier, Kamarion Parkmond, Samuel Burns, Jackson Waldrop, Jon Keese, Adrian Williams, Cason McGill, Axle Smith, Gardner Cain, Riley Chaffin, Cayden Tigner, Kaleb King, Khyler Rhye, Landon Allen, Able Daniel, Kane Pemberton, Collin Williams
COACHES: Matt Napier (head coach), Larry Waldrop, Tharius Tigner and Dennis King
TEAM MEMBERS: Zaatari Truitt, Nicholas Upshaw, Braylen Gray, Ricky Wingfield, Jayden Posey, Kiyon Griggs, Ashton Cofield, Tristan Hill, Landen Sell, Nauhjee Copeland, Dazman Anderson, Amajon Avery, Caleb Lopez, Zaevion Holloway, Camien Jackson-Fears, LaDorian Render and Tavian Edward
COACHES: Roderika Avery (head coach), coach Griggs, coach Trice
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