October 4, 2011

2014 commit gets first win

Georgia's sole 2014 commit turned one year older Friday, and as his present, the now 17-year-old running back got something that has been eluding him all season - his first win.

Stanley Williams led his Apalachee Wildcats in a dominant performance, notching four touchdowns to run over Madison County 45-9.

"We played great. Made some changes on the offensive line at the beginning of the week, and we just practiced really hard all week," Williams said. "I was able to just come out real hard, and do the same thing we were doing in practice I order to get the win."

The speedy back, who posted a 4.28 in 40-yard dash at Dawg Night last July, ran all over the Raider defense, accumulating 135 yards on 13 carries and returned a kick 65 yards for a score.

Williams said he had been continuing to do what he had all season, and attributed the tweaks to the front five as the difference in finally securing his team's first win.

"There were a lot of changes. We didn't know we were going to change until practice that Monday, and we just made some changes," Williams said. "They really just opened up holes really big for me and I was able to get the ball and score and help my team come out on top."

The birthday boy followed up the win with a trip to Athens the next day to watch his Dawgs gear up between the hedges.

"They played great. We were able to pick up our first win of the season, and Georgia, they played really good and were able to pick up their third win of the season," Williams said. "So it was a great weekend for me. It was my birthday weekend, getting to play Friday night, and having the Georgia Bulldogs win on Saturday."

After the game, Williams got to spend some time celebrating the win in the locker room with the team. When he left to get to the buses with the team, he was walking with shoulder pads in hand and a big grin on his face.

"One player asked me to carry his stuff while he changed shirts. It was really an exciting moment for me getting to hold some players stuff and it was a really great moment Saturday too," Williams said.

Williams said he really looks up to the guys on the team, and he has formed some special bonds within the Bulldog program.

"I have a great relationship with Orson Charles and Tavarres King. Me and Tavarres King, we talk a lot," Williams said. "They are just really excited that their season is going in the direction that they want it to go right now. And so, I've got a real good connection, I love the coaching staff, you know, Coach (Todd) Grantham, really just every body is being really good to me right now."

Even though Williams is one year older, he's not too old to heed the advice of his elders.

Williams said he knows he has a while before it's his turn to suit up for the Dawgs, but he said he takes every opportunity to soak in all the knowledge he can from his friend and mentor, King.

"(King) just tells me to stay focused, stay positive, keep working hard, and just stay out of trouble, mainly," Williams said. "Basically right now he's a mentor to me, and he's telling me all positive things and telling me to stay really positive, and that helps me a lot. I already know what I should do but it just motivates me more."

Taking what he's learned from Athens, a motivated Williams and his team will head to Rockdale County this Friday, with the goal of extending their winning streak to two.

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
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