Railsplitters are run over by a 'Train'

Posted: August 31, 2014

WITH SOUTHERN High in need of a touchdown in overtime, junior running back Casey Williams broke the huddle with a confident bop, but also with a nagging thought in the back of his head.

At 6-2 and 220 pounds, Williams is a big target for would-be tacklers. But, when he lowers his shoulders and explodes, he runs with a powerful abandon that leaves onlookers feeling sympathetic toward defenders.

So, after he fired through the line of scrimmage and chugged for the game-tying, 10-yard score against Abraham Lincoln High in overtime yesterday, the sideline official's quip said it all: "I wouldn't step in front of that, either. He was like a train coming through there."

And a nickname was born. Visualize former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (6-4, 260 pounds) and you'll get the picture of Casey "The Train" Williams.

In fact, Williams' run was so powerful that, with the game now tied and the Rams a simple extra point from victory, there was never a doubt about who would possess the ball.

"Nah, nah," senior running back and linebacker Qazi Jones said. "Just give it back to Casey. I said, 'Give it back to Casey.' I'm a running back, but I said give it back to Casey! He deserved it, so there was no question."

After Williams pummeled his way for two, the Rams' sidelined erupted victoriously with a 14-12 overtime victory against the host Railsplitters.

"We practiced for this all August," said Williams, who finished with 91 yards on 14 carries. "You just have to give it your all. In the huddle, I said, 'I love y'all. I'm gonna give you all my heart, and I need the same.' "

"[Kahssian Kay] gave me the ball, I stepped, and I remembered coach in the back of my mind, 'Run low, run low, run low.' And when he handed me the ball, I just thought about 'low.' Then, Boom! I only saw one [guy]. 'Low,' then Boom! And that's all."

Rams coach Frank "Roscoe" Natale and his assistants, could be heard telling Williams, "You're running too high," throughout the Public League AAAA Independence Division season opener.

Kay, the Rams' junior quarterback, completed one pass - a 40-yard touchdown pass to senior Nicholas Coffie in the second quarter.

Both defenses were tightfisted all day.

Junior Kenny King paced Lincoln (0-1) with four sacks, while Theodore Tootle, a 6-3, 310-pounder, controlled the offensive and defensive lines. For Southern (1-0), Jones nabbed two interceptions, and seniors Nasir Bailey (defensive tackle) and Marquise Dunmore (linebacker) were major disruptors.

Lincoln junior quarterback Hosea McClam was dynamic at times, for 98 rushing yards and a score on 28 carries.

McClam also threw the go-ahead pass in overtime, a 5-yarder to sophomore receiver Augustin Allston.

Ironically, Williams, the Olney resident who enjoys destroying defenders on the field, enjoys creating things away from it.

"I like carpentry," he said. "I like shop class. I like building things and working with my hands . . . building tables, chairs, and painting . . . I guess I just like working with my hands and a challenge."

As for his new moniker . . . "Yeah, I like that," he said, laughing.

An All-Public coaches' selection as a sophomore, Williams said that only Temple has shown college interest so far. For now, at least one teammate is OK with keeping Williams hush-hush.

"Casey is our secret weapon when we get inside the goal line," Jones said. "Nobody knows about him yet."

They will now.

"I hope that stays our little secret," Jones said, laughing. "Nobody knows about him. When he gets around the goal line, you saw it, nobody can stop him."

Asked whether Williams wanted people to know anything else about him, he paused for a beat.

"I'm coming," he said. "That's all."

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