Boston High School: Juwan Williams

Mr. Football Watch: Week 6

October, 8, 2012

Drew Belcher, Jr. QB, Reading
Called his own number for the winning touchdown with less than a minute left, as the Rockets rallied past Burlington, 22-15.

Brian Dunlap, Soph. WR, Natick
Caught six passes for 121 yards and two scores in the Red Hawks’ 42-7 rout of Dedham.

Troy Flutie, Jr. QB, Natick
In the Red Hawks’ 42-7 romp of Dedham, completed 12 of 16 passes for four touchdowns, and added 41 yards rushing with a score.

Jon Hurvitz, Sr. RB, Duxbury
Reached the end zone twice, the second time putting the Dragons ahead for good, in a 20-16 thriller over Xaverian.

Marshall McCarthy, Sr. LB, Duxbury
Recorded 13 tackles and two sacks, both for forced fumbles, in the Dragons’ 20-16 win over Xaverian.

Alex Moore, Sr. RB, St. John’s Prep
Racked up over 200 yards from scrimmage and all three of the Eagles’ scores in a 20-7 win over Bridgewater-Raynham, rushing for 159 yards and two TDs, and three catches for 73 yards and a third score.

Nick Peabody, Sr. QB, Barnstable
Threw for three touchdowns in the Red Raiders’ 19-14 win over New Bedford, bringing his season total to 18 touchdown passes.

C.J. Scarpa, Sr. QB, Andover
In the Golden Warriors’ wild 51-42 win over Tewksbury, completed 17 of 24 passes for 382 yards and three touchdowns.

Jakarrie Washington, Sr. WR, Everett
Scored five times for the Crimson Tide (three rushing, two receiving) as they avoided a scare against Cambridge, 51-30.

Quron Wright, Sr. RB, Holy Name
Had his lowest total of the season in a 38-20 loss to Doherty, but still went over 100 yards (18 carries, 105 yards, 2 TD) and crossed the 1,000-yard barrier. He needs 370 yards to break the school’s all-time rushing yardage record.


Andrew Benson, Sr. QB, East Bridgewater
In the Vikings’ 39-26 win over Hull, carried 17 times for 296 yards and four touchdowns, and added a 20-yard touchdown through the air.

Chance Brady, Jr. RB, Haverhill
Ran for 204 yards and two scores in the Hillies’ 30-23 thriller over Chelmsford.

Jaleel Brown, Jr. RB, Springfield Putnam
With feature back Wayne Lowery leaving the game with an ankle injury, Brown came through with 165 yards rushing and three scores to help the Beavers in a 40-19 win over Chicopee Comp.

Kayjuan Bynum, Sr. QB/LB, Springfield Putnam
Racked up 299 passing yards and three touchdowns, to go along with nine tackles, in the Beavers’ 40-19 win over Chicopee Comp. Through five games, Bynum leads the team in tackles (46) and forced fumbles (four).

Andrew Deloury, Sr. WR, Andover
Caught seven passes for a ridiculous 226 yards and three scores in the Golden Warriors’ 51-42 win over Tewksbury.

Brendan Flaherty, Sr. RB, Beverly
Became the school's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns with his 47th score in a 49-0 blanking of Peabody

David Maaghul, Jr. QB, Cambridge
Had an impressive showing in the Falcons’ 51-30 loss to Everett, throwing for 274 yards and four touchdowns. On the season, he already has over 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns passes.

Justin Mount, Sr. ATH, Westford
In the Grey Ghosts’ 42-7 win over Newton South, carried three times for 60 yards and two scores, and added 24 receiving yards.

Matt Phelan, Sr. QB, Northbridge
In the Rams’ 28-21 win over Grafton, completed 9-of-17 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns, and added 79 yards rushing on 16 carries.

Jimmy Sullivan, Jr. QB, Nauset
In the Warriors’ 28-20 win over Scituate, completed all five of his pass attempts for 121 yards and two scores, and added 88 yards rushing.

Juwan Williams, Sr. ATH, Springfield Central
Filled in marvelously for his cousin at quarterback, in the Golden Eagles’ 40-7 rout of East Longmeadow. Through the air, he was 4-of-5 passing with 114 yards and two touchdowns; on the ground, he carried 10 times for 94 yards and two more scores.

Recap: No. 1 Everett 33, No. 15 Central 14

September, 15, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- It was a long, somber huddle for the Central Golden Eagles after falling to state No. 1 Everett, 33-14, at Springfield’s Berte Field on Friday night.

Yet, it started with promise for the Eagles.

They overcame a sloppy start to pull even at 7-7 with 3:21 left in the second quarter, when Aaron Owens followed a 55-yard pass from Cody Williams to Ju’wan Williams with a 22-yard touchdown run that included a couple of stiff-arms to ward off Everett defenders.

With three minutes to go in the half, it seemed for a moment as though Central, looking to earn respect for Western Mass. and avenge last year’s 42-13 defeat, had some magic dust on hand to work toward an upset.

But Everett was swift to respond. The Crimson Tide marched down the field and Jalen Felix scored his second touchdown of the night, giving Everett a 14-7 halftime lead it would never relinquish. Felix would finish 211 total yards and two touchdowns.

After playing a conservative first half the Crimson Tide opened it up beginning in the third quarter. New quarterback Gilly DeSouza took center stage, capping off a big drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jakarrie Washington to open third quarter.

A Central turnover followed on the ensuing drive, giving DeSouza another opportunity. He hit Joey White in stride between two defenders to put his team up 26-7 with 5:43 still left in the third.

The Everett lead wasn’t done growing. Eight minutes later, DeSouza found Brendan La Rosa in the back of the endzone and giving his team a 33-7 lead.

Central would go on the score once more in the closing moments, but by the time Cody Williams found Ju’wan Williams for the Eagles’ second touchdown, the game was long out of reach.

De Souza Stars Again: Crimson Tide head coach John DiBiaso was quick after the game to offer his praises for DeSouza.

“It was all audibles at the line of scrimmage from the quarterback,” DiBiaso said. “I thought Gilly [De Souza] did a great job making the right call.”

It was indeed De Souza’s decision making that shone brightest as he spread the ball around and did an excellent job adjusting to different looks by the defense. He only completed six passes but he racked up 167 yards with four touchdowns.

Central Regroups: After coming into the game hoping to avenge last years 42-13 loss to Everett, the Golden Eagles will have to wait a year to get another shot at the Crimson Tide juggernaut.

Cody Williams, who kept his cool under constant pressure during the game going 20-31 for 227 with a touchdown and an interception, was emotional afterwards.

“We just got to come back and dominate harder,” Williams said. “I just don’t think we executed as good as we could. We practiced really hard this week and I thought we put up a good fight against them coming into the second half but we let them slip. We wish to get these guys back [next year].”

“When the going gets tough we need leaders to be leaders, keep their composure.” Central head coach Valdamar Brower said. “When kids look at our defensive leaders or offensive leaders and sees them freaking out like things are going bad, they can’t, They have to look to them, look for guidance and say ‘we can hang in there’ you know, keep fighting. Hopefully we can learn from that, grow from that.”

Rolling with the Punches: Flexibility was key in the second half for the Crimson Tide, as Everett took what the Eagles gave them during an explosive second half.

“They played very tough, it was a pretty much even first half," DiBiaso said. "Fortunately we had some scores in the second half, kinda opened it up. When they brought a lot of people in the box we passed and when they dropped people back into coverage we ran."

“We made a lot of mistakes for the second week in a row penalties and mental errors that we just can’t afford to make, hopefully we’ll iron those out.”

There’s always room for improvement, but the Tide looked every bit as good as predicted before the season, and will look to keep on rolling next week against St. Johns Prep.

Lockett, No. 14 Central never short on inspiration

August, 27, 2012
Before every football contest for Springfield Central since the ninth grade, Shawn Lockett has closed his eyes during the playing of the National Anthem and said a little prayer to himself -- "Just be with me, big guy," he'll whisper.

Then he looks up above, pounds his chest and points to the sky.

"I know he's watching down on me," says the senior co-captain and two-way lineman. "When the 'Star-Spangled Banner' starts, I just close my eyes, get in the zone and talk to the big man upstairs."

The "big man upstairs" in question is his childhood mentor, Steven Karpelss, who died of a heart attack in 2008. Karppels began coaching Lockett as a fifth-grader with the Wilbraham Falcons Pop Warner program, and was a father figure to him off the field as well. To this day, the life lessons brought on by Karpells remain a fixture in Lockett's world, as well as the powerful bull-rush technique that has made him one of the state's most dangerous pass rushers.

"I wasn’t the smartest player [growing up] but I was one of the biggest, and he molded me at younger age," Lockett recalls. "He was mainly my mentor, a father figure on the field and off the field. He'd keep me in line with my grades, at home, and obviously on the football field. He's one of those coaches who'll fight for you, he's right there with you, just such a passionate coach.

"It took a big toll on me when he died. It was like, 'You're leaving -- what do I do without you?' I've been dedicating every game to him since the ninth grade, and that's gonna continue this year. He's just always been there for me."

The 6-foot-1, 325-pound Lockett, a preseason ESPNBoston All-State selection at defensive tackle, is a load to handle at times. He defers credit to Central head coach Valdamar Brower (himself a former All-Conference defensive end at UMass) when asked about his development, saying "He really molded me into what you guys see today."

Brower, though, defers to the late Karpells.

"[Karpells] really helped Shawn understand the basics of football," Brower said. "Senior year he's just been building on that. He also just loves the game so much."

Lockett's constant prayers are the latest tools of inspiration for an emotional program that never seems to be short on motivating factors.

After coming within a field goal of beating Longmeadow in the 2010 Division 1 West Super Bowl, and getting blown out by the same Lancers in last year's D1 West Bowl at Gillette Stadium, the Golden Eagles are looking to get over the hump and make good on a potential third attempt. To do that, they'll have to find a way to replace 2,000-yard rusher Sacoy Malone, a 2011 ESPN Boston All-State selection who currently plays at the University of Maine. They'll also want to avoid another 0-2 start, as they did last season against intra-city rival Putnam and Everett, the latter's No. 1 team in its statewide poll since October 2010.

Senior Aaron Owens figures to take over the lead role at tailback, after serving as Malone's blocking fullback last fall. And while he doesn't present the same burst of speed as the fleet-footed Malone, the 5-foot-10, 200-pound Owens brings plenty of versatility.

"He can do anything, he's a bright kid," Brower said. "He'd be able to do any kind of set you can imagine -- two tight, two back, single back, he's a pretty diverse player. He's a very bright kid, knows multiple positions, he's gonna be on the field a lot. No matter what kind of back, he can do it all, at both the running back position and fullback position. He's a very versatie back who can catch the ball in the backfield, he's pretty good at that."

Supporting Owens in the backfield will be T.J. Smith, a two-year starter at free safety who Brower will seek out as a third-down option. Tyler Pinkham, Louis Ortiz and Marcal Davis will also be in the mix, as well as newcomer Troy Morrow, who's moved back to Springfield after spending the last two years living in Florida.

"I thought he was a Florida pretty boy," Brower joked of Morrow. "But he's been doing some great things on the field, so I'm a take that back and say he's trying to get his North groove back."

At quarterback, 6-foot-2 junior Cody Williams is back under center with a year more experience, and a little bit of spunk. A classic drop-back passer with quality arm strength and accuracy, his competitive nature has won over many of his peers within the program. But with spunk, Brower notes, comes the responsibility to stay focused and take a leadership role.

"He's an emotional guy, and I'm an emotional guy," Brower said. "I try to check my emotions, but I'm very similar to Cody, and I'm kinda asking him to do the same kind of thing. When things go wrong, he's gotta be in control, we'll play another down, there's not one play that's going to make or break the season. He definitely loves the game."

Lockett gained attention in the Eastern part of the state last season with his impressive performance in the Eagles' loss to Everett, holding his own against the state's best offensive line and even dropping quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso for a sack. Used mostly in the interior, Lockett consistenly demonstrated a powerful bull-rush and filled multiple gaps when asked to, registering 31 tackles and four sacks. Lockett says he has heard from Division 1 programs as high as Vanderbilt, Boston College and UConn, but at this point any college interest is just due diligence.

This season, in Brower's 50 defensive front, look for Lockett to be placed anywhere along the line of scrimmage, from tackle to tackle.

"Shawn's gonna play all three down positions," Brower said. "Anywhere five-technique to five-technique, tackle to tackle and everything in between. We're gonna move him around a lot. He's played a lot of nose, we're gonna do some of that, but he'll line up in different places,

"He's a very versatile big man. He's gotten great at getting off the ball, uses his hands well, he's a very good fundamental football player."

And in a program that always seems to find new methods of inspiration, Lockett never has to look far. All he has to do is look up.

2011: 10-3, lost in Division 1 West Super Bowl
Coach: Valdamar Brower (5th year, 28-19 overall)
Key Returnees: Shawn Lockett, Sr. OT/DL, 6-1, 325 lbs.; Cody Williams, Jr. QB/P, 6-2, 165 lbs.; Aaron Owens, Sr. RB/LB, 5-10, 200 lbs.; Ishmael Figueroa, Sr. OG/DL, 5-11, 245 lbs.; Travis Cusson, Sr. CB/WR, 5-8, 165 lbs.; Adrian Filson, Sr. OL/DL, 6-0, 235 lbs.; Stephon Jenkins, Sr. ATH, 5-11, 180 lbs.; Stefen Maldonato, Sr. OC/DL, 5-9, 225 lbs.; Bryan Rivas, Sr. CB/WR, 5-7, 150 lbs.; T.J. Smith, Sr. WR/S, 5-7, 150 lbs.; Juwan Williams, Jr. WR/K, 5-7, 180 lbs.
Strengths: Experience.
Weaknesses: Leadership.
Outlook: The Golden Eagles have made great strides since Brower assumed the head coaching position, but after coming up short in the last two Division 1 West Super Bowls they are looking for that final push over the hump. To get there, it starts with Lockett in the middle, where he has begun to make a name for himself as one of the state's better pure bull-rushers. Williams figures to be more polished in his second year under center, after showing promise last year, but the biggest hole to fill is at tailback in former All-Stater Sacoy Malone. Owens is the assumed apparent, and while he doesn't have quite the speed of Malone, but is a quality all-around back who brings a unique element to the passing game. The Eagles would like to avoid another 0-2 start, but looking at their schedule that might be wishful thinking. They open up as usual with their traditional intra-city rival, No. 23 Putnam, followed by No. 1 Everett, which boasts one of the nation's heaviest lines at nearly 318 pounds across. Still, with a veteran lineup and sound defense, the Eagles are a favorite to qualify for a third straight Division 1 Super Bowl.

Recap: No. 1 Everett 42, Springfield Central 13

September, 17, 2011
EVERETT, Mass. -- Even when they are not all the way tuned up, No. 1 Everett is an efficient piece of machinery. Despite overthrown passes, dropped passes, onside kicks bouncing off of players and giving up over 100 yards, the Crimson Tide still pulled out a 42-13 win over the visiting Springfield Central Golden Eagles.

Midway through the third quarter, the Golden Eagles (0-2) put together a three-minute, 56-yard drive, including five straight running plays to senior fullback Sacoy Malone (29 rushes, 100 yards, TD). After Springfield Central scored though, Kenny Calaj took Darryl Williams' kickoff from his own 82 across the big white "E" in the middle of Memorial Stadium and straight to the house.

Although Central came out in the second half with an onside kick, and got the ball back, it was not intentional and did not lead to any points.

"That was not planned, that just happened," said Springfield Central coach Valdamar Brower. "I don't know what happened, but we are trying to find a kicker."

Brower's team did not give in, although they went three and out on what could have been a game changing series. Everett scored two more times in the third quarter, took out their starting quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso (12-26, 211 yards, 4 TD passes) before the Golden Eagles were able to score again in the fourth.

"If something bad happens, we'll just play the next play," said Brower of the philosophy that he is working to instill in his young team. "We want them to keep fighting no matter what. As coaches, we are looking for maximum effort every play of every game."

Run Defense Solid: "Defensively we came looking to stop the run," said Everett fullback Vondell Langston (four carries, 31 yards). The run that Everett was looking to stop was that of Malone, who still ended up with 100 yards on 29 carries.

"He is a good back," said Everett coach John DiBiaso.

Despite keeping Springfield Central's leading scorer out of the end zone until the fourth quarter, DiBiaso still thinks that the defense has a way to go before he is satisfied.

"Maybe I'm a perfectionist, there is still room for improvement," he said. "I want us to be our best at the end of the year. I don't think that we have reached our full potential and I think that we've got a lot further to go."

As for his own running, Langston made initial contact with some of his tacklers and other defenders that he let taste the turf at Everett Memorial Stadium. While he gets pumped up for the game, he attributes the ability to gain more than seven yards a carry to his offseason workout.

"Offseason is where you put that work in and during the game you just get into that zone," Langston said. "I want to make every touchdown, I want to make every play, so I use that hope to fuel me."

Passing game in synch? Although Jonathan DiBiaso threw for over 200 yards, he is pitching to a new corps of receivers and there were a number of dropped and/or overthrown passes. Although coach DiBiaso is not celebrating the yards lost, he is being patient with his "new" team and expects for the efficiency to improve as Jonathan and his receivers become more in sync.

"We're breaking in a few new guys and everything that we do on offense is timing," the elder DiBiaso said. "Until we get that timing down pact, we will continue to get better and better every week. The guys from last year had two years of experience with Jonathan. I think that once we hit full stride people are going to say, 'Wow!'".

Part-time to full-time: Springfield Central has a starting sophomore quarterback in Cody Williams, and according to Coach Brower, he is in that spot to stay full time.

"For the preseason, 50 percent of the reps go to Williams, 50 percent go to [Tyler Dowd], so we're trying to get the chemistry going in terms of rolling out, receivers running routes and getting used to one voice in the huddle," Brower said. "The consistent voice in the huddle is very important."

SPR (0-2) --- 0 7 0 6 --- 13
EVR (2-0) --- 7 21 14 0 --- 42

First Quarter
E - Vondell Langston 14 run (Gilly DeSouza kick)

Second Quarter
E – Jakarrie Washington 23 run (DeSouza kick)
E - Jalen Felix 14 pass from Jonathan DiBiaso (DeSouza kick)
S – Richard Williams 4 pass from Cody Williams (Juwan Williams kick)
E - Kenny Calaj 82 kickoff return (DeSouza kick)

Third Quarter
E - Calaj 7 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick)
E - Jaylen McRae 36 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick)

Fourth Quarter
S - Sacoy Malone 1 run (kick failed)