Matt Williams a complete success


Matt Williams a complete success

Piling up big individual statistics is always a great thing for a football quarterback, and so is winning. Matt Williams experienced both highs this season.

Quarterbacking Lancaster Christian Academy in Smyrna, Tenn., Williams passed for over 4,500 yards and 50 touchdowns to lead the Knights to an overall 11-1 record. Lancaster capped its season off right on Nov. 15, beating Anderson (S.C.) High School 8-7 to capture the NACA (National Association of Christian Athletes) championship.

“We were actually projected to lose to Anderson, so it was great coming out on top in that game,” Williams said. “It ended the season on a great note, and it just demonstrated how the entire team pulled together.”

Following an earlier 42-8 loss to Alcoa H.S., a state power in Tennessee, Williams wasn’t sure how the Knights were going to respond. “At the beginning of the season, we had a lot of quarrels,” he said. “Then we lost against Alcoa and when we got back to practice we all just had a sit-down and me and two other senior leaders on the team, we talked to the team and said, ‘Hey guys, we really need to pull this together because as a team, we’re terrible.’ That’s just how bad things were happening.”

NACA champs

The season turned around quickly at Lancaster Christian Academy. With the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Williams running the spread offense, the Knights rolled to the NACA title. “On the field, off the field, you have to lead,” Williams said. “After we had the team meeting, the season went great. We turned it up.’

Williams thrived under new offensive coordinator Alex Robins, who came to LCA after coaching for 23 years at Middle Tennessee State University. “He came in and had a big impact,” Williams said. “He’s been my personal quarterback coach since I was in the sixth grade. That was definitely his offense this season.”

Williams ran the offense with such skill and precision that college recruiters were bound to take notice. And they did, as Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Southern Mississippi, Western Kentucky and Akron are among the schools looking at the prolific passer. “It’s going very well right now,” Williams said of the recruiting process. “About a month from now, two months from now, that’s when things will really start picking up.’

Earlier in his high school career, Williams trained with NFA Director of Player Development Will Hewlett. “I love working with Will,” Williams said. “He’s great. Will has contacted the Elite 11 about me, he helped me with my footwork issues, he tweaked my motion a little here and there. He is great coach.”

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Scot Gregor is an award-winning sportswriter for the Chicago Daily Herald. In addition to writing about Big 10 and Notre Dame football, Gregor has also covered the White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and college basketball. He grew up in Pittsburgh and watched the Steelers rise to prominence in the 1970s. Gregor has a B.S. degree in Journalism from Ohio University