Amid stars, Williamstown's Boyce shows versatility

Posted: September 28, 2012

Big games often are decided by little things.

That's why Williamstown senior Kali Boyce could be a key player in Friday night's clash between the No. 3 Braves and No. 2 Timber Creek.

"He does everything for us, but people don't always notice him," Williamstown coach Frank Fucetola said of Boyce. "He's probably the most versatile player we have."

The highly anticipated game will feature two of the more talented teams in South Jersey, with as many as 10 future Division I players taking the Chargers' field.

The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Boyce hopes to play in college, but he knows it's likely to be at the Division II or Division III level. But his versatility makes him a major impact player in high school.

Boyce gets overshadowed a bit in the Williamstown backfield by juniors Marques Little (23 carries, 368 yards, six touchdowns) and John Chamberlin (47 carries, 345 yards, seven touchdowns), the Lightning and Thunder of the Braves' Wing-T offense.

But Boyce is a dependable and surprisingly shifty change-of-pace back who has gained 157 yards on 17 carries (9.2-yard average) and scored a pair of touchdowns. He also is a good receiver who made a diving, 33-yard catch that set the tone for Williamstown's 39-0 victory over No. 10 Shawnee on Sept. 14.

"I accept my role," Boyce said. "Whatever the team needs me to do, that's what I'll do. I'll help out in anyway I can."

Boyce is a top defensive back who has made 10 tackles and lifted an interception. He also returns punts and kickoffs and covers punts.

"I'm not in on kickoff and extra points," Boyce said. "The rest of the time, I'm out there. That's the way I like it. I love being on the field."

Boyce is a strong student who said he pulled straight As as a junior. He's a captain and leader whose unheralded contributions have helped Williamstown make its recent rise to South Jersey prominence.

"He's so unselfish," Fucetola said. "He'll do whatever is asked of him. He believes in the team concept. You need guys like that. Those kind of guys make your program that it is."


Contact Phil Anastasia at panastasia@phillynews.com, or @PhilAnastasia on Twitter. Read his blog, "Jersey Side Sports," at www.philly.com/jerseysidesports

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