Star player of the week: Williams
Coming off a close loss two weeks ago, the North Augusta High School Yellow Jackets rebounded in a big way this past Friday. The team posted 48 points against the White Knoll Timberwolves, who were 6-1 entering Friday’s game.
The 48 Yellow Jacket points are the second highest total this season for the squad and the highest total since their fourth game. On the other side of the field, the Yellow Jackets only allowed 22 points to a team that averages over 30 points a game.
That balanced effort on both sides of the ball is exactly why senior running back/linebacker Ronald Williams was named Star Player of the week. Williams played a stellar game on both offense and defense.
Offensively, Williams helped advance the ball on key plays and also pushed the ball across the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter. Williams finished the game with 25 yards on only four carries.
Defensively, Williams was even more productive. In addition to helping keep the Timberwolves below their season average, he found the end zone again with under seven minutes left in the third quarter. Williams read the opposing quarterback, snatched an interception and ran it back 52 yards for his second touchdown of the game.
“Ronald’s a great leader on the field,” said running back coach Robert Morgan. “We ask him to do several things and he gets them done. We put him at running back this past Friday and he had a great game. We really needed him and he came through for us like he always does.”
For Ronald, Friday’s game was another reminder of his progression over the years. He reflected on past years and learning from older teammates. Now, he’s proudly taking a leadership role by helping up and coming underclassmen on the field.
“I’ve seen everybody ahead of me and just been taking things from them,” Morgan said. “They’ve taught me a lot of things and now that this is my last year, I just wanted to come out and take the opportunity to play as well as I can.”
Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard news team and joined the paper in June.