Prep Notes: ‘Tiny’ has big heart for Hillsboro

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 12:17am

Tiny Morris Williams plays very big on the football field.

The miniscule 5-7, 126-pound junior slotback caught four passes, helping spark a 3-0 Hillsboro win over host Overton Saturday in the final night of the 41st Metro Jamboree.

“I just want to work hard, show my coaches and my teammates I’ll do whatever I can to help my team win,’’ he said, just following the two-quarter segment.

“It’s completely a team concept,’’ he said. “If it weren’t for the line blocking as well as they do and the quarterback (Greg Young) getting the ball to me, I would be nothing.’’

Once Williams catches the ball, sometimes in a little dump-off pass in the flat, he becomes a nightmare for defenders. His elusiveness in running for yards after catches will be key for Hillsboro’s football team this season.

Asked how he is able to be successful, despite his lack of size, Morris, who wears No. 1, said, “I have a big heart. That’s why I’m able to do what I do.’’

In what was probably the most exciting two-quarter stanza of the three-day Jamboree at Maplewood, McGavock and Overton over the weekend, Hillsboro won on the last play of the game.

Junior Ryne Spicer kicked a 35-yard field goal as the horn sounded, capping a desperate 50-yard drive with just under two minutes left. Backup QB Amiri Hawkins hit four passes in the drive, including a leaping catch by Andrew Tompkins to the Bobcat 25.
One more pass out of bounds to the Overton 18 stopped the clock with one second left, setting up Spicer’s winning kick.

“We had some good and bad plays, but we’re making progress,’’ said new Coach Dennis Moreno, who came over from Hunters Lane.

East Lit speedsters

East Literature will be starting its first year of varsity play, and the Eagles won’t in any way be lacking for speed, thanks to Troy Bozeman, Dominique Noel-Spaulding and Aaron Dowell.

The Eagles rallied for a 13-8 win over Cane Ridge as Bozeman and Noel-Spaulding scored on 25 and 9-yard runs.

Spaulding scored with just under three minutes left after Cane Ridge had taken the lead.
“I never like to be behind, but I wanted to see how you guys would play if we did,’’ Spears told his team at midfield after the game. “What I liked is how you guys responded.’’

His team does its new “Clemson three-clap’’ after big plays, making three quick claps, something Spears said his team learned during a camp at Clemson earlier this summer.

East Lit meets Westmoreland in its opener Aug. 28. Meanwhile Cane Ridge opens its season at home Thursday, Aug. 27 vs. LaVergne.

Cane Ridge is moving into its first year of varsity football and is playing just 9-11 graders, with no seniors.

“We’re about halfway there,’’ said Cane Ridge Coach Greg Abner, who has served stints as head coach at Hunters Lane and at Glencliff. “With younger players, you’ll make mistakes from time to time. But we’re getting there.’’

Whites Creek has ‘Squeaky’

Whites Creek is counting on big things this season out of tailback Marcus “Squeaky’’ Barnes, who helped the Cobras rally for a 22-19 win over host McGavock.

Barnes was the leading rusher and also broke up some passes at defensive back for Whites Creek which trailed 19-8 in the second and final quarter before rallying.

“He got that name because he has this squeaky kind of laugh,’’ said Coach Anthony Law, whose team is looking for its second straight playoff trip. “Whenever I hear some guys in practice behind me laughing, I can always tell it’s Squeaky because I can easily pick him out of the crowd.’’

Nonetheless, it was Walter Lawrence who caught a short TD pass from Jae Booker in the final minute after the Cobras recovered a fumble deep in McGavock territory.

For McGavock, QB Kody McKinley looked sharp passing, and Deontae Battle intercepted a pass and ran for a 50-yard TD.

“We have a lot of guys, especially on offense who are very equal to each other, no one really head and shoulders above the other,’’ said Coach Arcentae Broome. “For that reason, I think we’ll be pretty balanced. McKinley looked very good at times.’’

New Whites Creek Coach

Antonio Buchanan, a former assistant at the school, has been named the new girls basketball coach at Whites Creek High. Buchanan had been coach at Creswell Middle School before coming to Whites Creek. He replaces Derek Williams, who resigned after the past season.

Week 0 Schedule

Thursday’s game
Oakland at Ensworth, 7 p.m.
Friday’s games
FRA at Chatt. Baylor
Riverdale at Antioch
Page at Lipscomb
Cascade at Davidson Acad.
Mt. Juliet Christian at DCA
Eagleville at Ezell-Harding
NCS at Hillwood
Stratford at Hunters Lane
Hillsboro at Maplewood
Father Ryan at Overton
Goodpasture at Whites Creek
CPA at Ft. Campbell, Ky.
BGA at Franklin
Clarksville at JPII
Brentwood at LaVergne
Independence at Siegel
Saturday’s game
Clinic Bowl Kickoff Classic
Pearl-Cohn at MBA, 7 p.m.