His name — well, at least his nickname — will be etched in the memories of high school football enthusiasts in Louisiana forever.

Years from now, the name "Pooka" will be remembered just as much as names like Leonard Fournette, Landon Collins, Ryan Perriloux and Brock Berlin and all the other great ones from the state who have been named Louisiana Farm Bureau/LSWA Mr. Football.

But chances are, many folks won't remember his real name is Anthony Williams.

To most, he's just "Pooka", Hahnville's highlight-waiting-to-happen running back who electrified the crowd every Friday night on his way to being named Mr. Football, the award given to the state's top football player.

Many of his runs were breathtaking.

So were his stats.

Williams rushed 315 times for 3,128 yards and 37 touchdowns in helping lead the Tigers (12-3) to the Class 5A state championship game. But there was more. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Kansas signee also caught eight passes for 169 yards and a touchdown, returned six kickoffs for 333 yards and a touchdown and returned three punts for 64 yards and a touchdown.

Williams saved his best performances for last, when his team needed him most.

In five playoff games, he rushed for 1,403 yards and 14 touchdowns. He rushed for more than 300 yards three times in the postseason.

The play he will most likely be remembered came in a road victory over Acadiana in the semifinals. Moments after scoring a touchdown in overtime, he scored the game-winning two-point conversion.

On the play that will be talked about in Boutte and Hahnville for years to come, Williams took the handoff and headed to his left, then reversed field and cut up the middle and plowed in to send the Tigers to the Mercedes- Benz Superdome for the first time since 2003.

In his final game, a 34-14 loss to Zachary, he rushed for 220 yard and scored the final touchdown of his prolific career.

He scored 40 touchdowns this season. Not only did he make his way into the end zone often, but he also made his way into the conversation of best players to come through Louisiana.

"He has been the most explosive player I have ever coached," Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said during the playoffs. "He answered the bell every carry, every game he has played in at Hahnville. At a school that has produced multiple NFL players, those same players say he is the best football player to ever play at Hahnville."

While he has made his mark in Hahnville lore, he's made his way into Louisiana lore as well.

His speed, coupled with an uncanny ability to make helpless defenders miss, has made some put him in the conversation of the most electrifying players in Louisiana high school history.

His next stop is the University of Kansas. He signed with the Jayhawks in December during the early signing period, where his expectations at the Big XII school are the same as they were in high school.

"I'm expected to come in and be the man like at Hahnville," Williams said. "They want me to be an all- around athlete."

Williams is the first Hahnville player to be named Mr. Football. He is the fourth player in the past five years from the greater New Orleans area to win the honor, following in the footsteps of St. Augustine's Fournette (2013), Warren Easton's Deshawn Capers-Smith (2014) and Landry-Walker's Keytaon Thompson (2016).

All four of those players put up mind-boggling numbers to win the award.

Now the name Anthony Williams will be added to the list with those greats.

But chances are, you'll likely just remember him as "Pooka."

Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance/LSWA Mr. Football

2017: Anthony ‘Pooka’ Williams, Hahnville

2016: Keytaon Thompson, Landry-Walker

2015: Lindsey Scott, Zachary

2014: Deshawn Capers-Smith, Warren Easton

2013: Leonard Fournette, St. Augustine

2012: John Diarse, Neville

2011: Landon Collins, Dutchtown

2010: Anthony Johnson, O. Perry Walker

2009: Gavin Webster, Lutcher

2008: Blake Matherne, Belle Chasse

2007: Randall Mackey, Bastrop

2006: Joe McKnight, John Curtis

2005: Charles Scott, Jonesboro-Hodge

2004: Ryan Perrilloux, East St. John

2003: Chris Markey, Jesuit

2002: Robert Lane, Neville

2001: Jason Miller, Iota

2000: Byron Robertson, St. Thomas Aquinas

1999: Brock Berlin, Evangel

1998: Bradie James, West Monroe

1997: Adam McConathy, West Monroe

1996: Travis Minor, Baton Rouge-Catholic

1995: Cecil Collins, Leesville

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