There is another emerging sophomore running back in 6-5A.
Fans on the north shore better get used to hearing the name Corey Williamson.
The St. Paul’s tailback rushed for 191 yards on 26 carries and three touchdowns in the Wolves 33-9 victory over Covington on Friday night at Hunter Stadium.
“It was a great night,” Williamson said. “I heard a lot of rumors all this week about going up against a player like (Covington running back) Devin Brumfield. Devin and I are friends and I respect him as a competitor, but helping my team come out here and win is an amazing feeling.”
Tied 6-6 in the first quarter, Williamson nearly single-handedly led the Wolves on a nine-play, 77-yard drive, capped off by his 23-yard touchdown run to give St. Paul’s a 13-6 advantage. Williamson accounted for 42 yards on the drive.
Coming out of the halftime locker room, Williamson helped make it 20-9 when he took the ball in from 19 yards out for his second touchdown.
Williamson added a late 9-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 27-9.
Wolves coach Ken Sears said he was excited to see his sophomore running back have such a breakout game.
“Give the kid a tremendous amount of credit,” he said. “He ran physically, and our offensive line did a fantastic job tonight. Corey is an explosive player, and if he gets a little daylight, he is going to get some yards on you. He is a playmaker that can score at any point if he gets an opening.
“(Williamson) has grown up so much from last year to this season. He has gotten a lot tougher mentally in addition to his maturity physically. The great thing about him is, he is a humble kid who is continuing to look to try and find ways to get better.”
Williamson echoed his coaches’ sentiments.
“I kept looking at my teammates in the second half and was telling them we can’t get tired,” Williamson said. “Good teams don’t get tired. I feel like, if I get tired, then my teammates get tired, so that drives me to keep playing and keep going hard on each and every play.”
Forcing St. Paul’s to punt on its opening possession, Covington (3-3, 1-2 6-5A) got on the scoreboard on its third play from scrimmage when Marquell Hollins found a streaking KeJohn Batiste for an 82-yard touchdown and a 6-0 lead.
St. Paul’s (5-1, 3-0) answered with an eight-play, 63-yard scoring drive capped off by 22-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Sears to Matt Meyers. However, just like on the Lions’ first score, St. Paul’s failed to convert its extra point and the game was tied 6-6.
Brumfield once again led the Lions on the ground with 133 yards on 26 carries but was kept out of the end zone.
Marquell Hollins had a career night under center for the Lions, throwing for 235 yards and a touchdown.