Williams to play at Hutchinson

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Bruins' ace QB to play at Kansas Junior College

By Robert Howey



Lancaster High School football star Shaq Williams produced another neat feat in the LHS media center Wednesday morning.

Williams, who made a name for himself with his feet and arm in his Bruins’ career, reached success with his right hand, signing to play at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas.

“I’ve been chasing this dream and now this is a dream come true,” said Williams, the Bruins’ Offensive MVP this past season when LHS went 6-6 and earned a Class AAAA Division II playoff bid. “This is the starting point for me.”

Williams, a two-year starter at quarterback at LHS, is regarded as a game-breaker each time he touches the football.

His productive play was rewarded as the Palmetto Champions Class AAAA Upper State Back of the Year and the Founders Federal Credit Union Tri-County Coaches Association Back of the Year.

Williams, an all-region pick for the second straight season, ran for 1,170 yards on 217 carries and 13 touchdowns. He completed 123 of 232 passes for 1,622 yards and 11 scores.

On defense, Williams picked off six passes and returned a fumble for a TD.

“Shaq is a playmaker and a game-changer with his talent,” Lancaster High School head coach Bennie McMurray said. “He had all kinds of accolades this season and deserved each one. As we often said about Shaq. As he goes, so did we. Shaq has done a tremendous job in our program.”

As a junior, Williams earned the Bruins’ Offensive MVP and all-region honors. He ran for 802 yards in 195 carries and scored five touchdowns. Williams was 82-153 for 911 yards and five scores.

Hutchinson Community College, which had 14 players sign football letters-of-intent on Wednesday to play their final two seasons at four-year schools, went 9-3 and finished ninth in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll.

The Blue Dragons, members of the Kansas Jayhawk College Conference, won their third straight Salt City Bowl, rolling to a 70-20 win over No. 19 Lackawanna.

Hutchinson NJCAA All-American receiver Cordarrelle Patterson of Rock Hill, regarded as the nation’s No. 1 junior college football recruit, signed with Tennessee on Wednesday.

“Hutchinson puts a lot of people in Div. I schools and that’s my goal,” said Williams, who is also a member of the LHS basketball squad. “I appreciate our coaches and all who supported the Bruins.”

LHS principal Dr. Joe Keenan said Williams is “an outstanding young man.”

“He has good family support through the years,” Keenan said. “His dad (Malcolm Williams) is as good as any athlete as I have seen. Shaq is nearly as good a athlete as his dad. He has good character and class.

“If he puts his mind to it, he can do what he wants,” Keenan said.