Thursday, November 7, 2013
North Augusta offensive lineman Maurice Williams has been named to the 2013 North-South All Star Football Game. Williams, a senior for the Jackets, is the lone representative from North Augusta, and will be a member of the South team.
“I was very honored to be named to the North-South game,” Williams said. “I’m excited for the game and it’s a pleasure to represent my team in the game.”
Williams’ teammate, running back Willie McCloud, said Williams is a great representative of North Augusta High School.
“He’s a very good representative of this team,” McCloud said. “None of us expected this, but Mo deserves the praise because he’s an awesome player.”
Williams’ coach, Dan Pippin, said Williams is going to be in a new environment at the North-South game, which could be good for him.
“He’s going to see things and do things he wouldn’t be able to in North Augusta,” Pippin said. “He’s going to be around other great players, 43 on his team, and other coaches. I think taking him out of his comfort zone will be good for him.”
Pippin said only having one Yellow Jacket on the North-South roster was shocking, but knows picking Williams was a great choice.
“I thought we would get another kid on the roster,” he said. “You can only have two from a school in the North-South game. Mo is a great kid. I’m proud of him for what he has been able to do during his time at North Augusta.”
Pippin has seen the steady improvement from his offensive guard during his high school career.
“Mo, his improvement, not just this year, but all four years, has been tremendous,” Pippin said. “He’s gotten better on the field and in the classroom. He really works at it and he’s gotten continually better.”
Williams hopes to continue to improve throughout the rest of the season and at the North-South game.
“I think I’ve been pretty good this year, but there have been some games where I slacked off,” he said. “That’s what practice is for, to make me better and better as a player. When I get to the North-South game, I’m going to work hard and use the things my coaches have taught me. Hopefully I’ll learn some new things up there too.”
For right now, Pippin is unsure if Williams will play in college and hopes he will take advantage of all the North-South game represents.
“I think he is going to go on and play at the next level,” Pippin said. “You never know, though, this could be his last game. Hopefully he has a good time with it.”
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for the North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.