By Rayna Steffen, Business Manager, News From the Nation
Seated at No. 2, Williams Field and it’s sensational defense held No. 5 Centennial to merely two field goals to win the 5A Conference Football Championship 14-6 at the University of Phoenix Stadium this Saturday, November 26, 2016.
“We really proved the saying ‘defense wins championships.’ We didn’t give up one touchdown the entire game even with being on the field three straight drives from turnovers” reported cornerback #4 Shavez Hawkins (12).
With Centennial in the driver seat for the first quarter gaining 3 points for a field goal, they were forced to hand over the spot to Williams Field in the second quarter as running back #5 Josh Alexander (12) scored a 1 yard rushing touchdown with a PAT from star kicker #6 Brandon Ruiz (12) leaving them 7-3.
“I feel amazing and on top of the world” stated Ruiz after winning the state championship.
But the game was not over for the Black Hawks. With two minutes left in the quarter, cornerback #3 Tre’ Bugg (12) scores a rushing touchdown with yet another good PAT from Ruiz leaving the Black Hawks 14-3 at halftime.
“That was exactly the way I wanted to leave my mark on Williams Field” explained Bugg.
Both teams battled back and forth without gaining much turf, but the second half proved fatal for the Centennial Coyotes as they scored only one more field goal in the game’s entirety.
“I’m not sure I would do anything differently” said Centennial coach Richard Taylor. “I would just hope that we wouldn’t have penalties and the missed assignments that we had.”
With only a few minutes left on the clock, the Black Hawks turned into overdrive as they battled to keep their title as state champs and ultimately, it worked. The Williams Field football team won the state title, marking the first state win in school history.
“We came here to make history and that’s what we did” announced Bugg.
“We stayed strong no matter what, played for each other and never broke the true definition of brotherhood” remarked Hawkins.
“We feel on top of the world and the reason that it is so special is because we are all one big family” explained fullback #1 Max Fine (12).