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Eye on the Gridiron: Don’t forget about Dre
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
Jul 03, 2014 | 312 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
J.Z. George senior middle linebacker Andre Williams is a different kind of football player. In the classroom he excels, and his winning of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s U.S. History Award is an example of that. On the football field, he also excels -- as a ferocious defensive player.

Williams is a four-year starter for the Jaguars, but it was the Jags’ final game of the 2012 season against Williams-Sullivan that brought Williams into the spotlight.

The game was played on a Thursday night, and I remembered Williams making play after play on the defensive side of the ball. Williams wreaked havoc on the Yellowjacket offense, and he was hit by a Williams-Sullivan player that resulted in him facing three or four Yellowjackets.

Williams was an All-Reggie Team selection in his sophomore campaign, but 2013 was considered his breakout year.

Williams accumulated over 80 tackles on the season and helped lead the Jaguars to the playoffs, their first since 2009.

“Last season was a good one, but I feel like we’re that team now,” Williams said. “We’re that team that we wanted to be as eighth and ninth graders.”

In 2013, J.Z. George managed to squeeze out five wins on the season and earn a spot in the 2A playoffs. In their Region 3-2A, the Jaguars fought against a Delta-laden district against West Bolivar, South Delta, Hollandale, Leland and Riverside. J.Z. George would earn the fourth spot in that district before falling at the hands of Calhoun City in the first round of the playoffs.

Williams said his focus is on this season, and he said with the pieces they have this year, going deep into the playoff picture is not out of the question.

“I feel good about this year,” Williams said. “I think we can compete at a high level, and we’ve bought into what the coaches want. There’s a lot of seniors and experienced players on this team, and last year showed we know how to win.”

This season will be the first under head coach Ben Burton, who served as an assistant under Joey Tompkins for the past two season. Williams said Burton’s system is one he can see the Jags using to make a deep run.

“That’s what we want,” Williams said. “Now, we know what it takes to get to the playoffs; now it’s time for that run. Everybody is here working out this summer, and we’re a physically strong team. Listen, we’re a high energy team, and we’re no fluke.”

Williams is the son of Verdean Williams of Coila.

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