Williams scores 7 TDs as Memorial rolls in opener 56-14
Alex Williams turned in a possible record-breaking performance for a Memorial High School football player Saturday night, but he departed the field thinking of nothing but his brother.
Williams scored a career-high seven touchdowns, five of which came from his efforts on the ground in a 56-14 season-opening rout of Aldine, but when Aaron Williams suffered what is believed to be a broken leg during second-half play, he could have cared less about his impressive night.
The festive Saturday night debut to the long overdue start of Memorial’s 14th campaign quickly became tempered when Williams was injured in front of the Mavs sidelines during a punt return. It’s believed the junior broke the femur bone, getting removed from the field on a stretcher where he was then transported to a Houston hospital.
After a short stay back at Memorial’s fieldhouse following the game, Mavs head coach Chris Quillian quickly headed for the hospital.
But for Alex Williams, what a way for District 22-6A’s reigning Offensive MVP to start his senior year. Williams rushed for touchdowns of 18, 32, four, 15 and 17 yards, while catching touchdown passes from quarterback Kris Aylor of 10 and 49 yards.
The 56 points tied the school record for most points against a non-district opponent as Memorial snapped a three-game losing streak, dating back to last season. It matched the 56 points Memorial scored on Aldine last September in a 56-28 victory.
Of Williams’ touchdown total, four were reserved for the opening 12 minutes. But all four were needed because Aldine quarterback Jacorey Howard scored on a 62-yard run to end their second possession, followed by a 55-yard run by Kristian Pierre during their third possession, keeping the Mustangs just six points down at 20-14. Howard rushed for 112 yards on 15 carries.
However, this was one precarious lead that wasn’t in jeopardy. With the Mavs compiling 480 total yards, 371 of that coming on the ground, the Mavs were never in punt formation.
’Our quarterback, our tailback and our fullback run it. They’re all a threat at some point. If we get stopped in one way, we can find another way,” Quillian said.
Williams’ number was only called nine times when he ran the ball, scoring on five of the nine touches. He finished with 137 yards.
Aylor meanwhile surpassed his entire 2016 rushing total in one night. He rushed for 105 yards last year in a limited role, amassing 113 yards on six carries Saturday night. Two of his attempts went for 55 and 49 yards. Reserve quarterback Sabian Smith had eight carries for 68 yards, including a 20-yarder.
In the air, Aylor only attempted eight passes, completing six for 109 yards. Aldine was 6-of-14 for 85 yards and one interception, a theft by Joseph Campbell less than three minutes into the season. That led to Williams’ run to paydirt from 18 yards out, a bolt up the gut of Aldine’s defense for a 14-0 lead with 9:30 to play in the stanza.
After shaky tackling by Memorial allowed Howard to go on his 62-yard romp, the Mavs came right back with a five-play, 59-yard scoring drive, finished off by Williams’ 32-yard run with 5:53 left in the quarter.
The Mavs then began pulling away and scoring 36 unanswered points when Williams caught the 49-yard pass and run with 2:53 remaining in the first quarter.
When Aylor went on his 55-yard scamper to end the first quarter, Memorial’s offense had compiled the eye-popping total of 231 total yards just in the first quarter.
One play into the second quarter and Williams was scoring from four yards out. His TD runs of 15 and 17 yards arrived in the third quarter.
The only non-Williams touchdown was delivered by Austin Franklin, who created the final score with a one-yard plunge in the fourth, ending a six-play, 39-yard march. Franklin went home with 22 yards on eight carries.