Williams does coach proud in leading Eagles’ rout of Thunderbirds

Spring Mountain football coach Aaron Masden had a simple message for Meiyako Williams after his quarterback walked off the field Friday.

“I’m proud of you,” Masden told Williams.

It was easy to see why.

Williams scored four rushing touchdowns, threw for two more and returned a kickoff 66 yards for a score as the host Eagles blasted Class 1A Southern League rival Indian Springs 68-28 to stay undefeated.

“He’s just working really hard at making his reads, and he’s an extremely coachable young man,” Masden said of Williams. “He takes directions well. He’s got great athletic ability, and he works hard in practice to make himself better.”

Williams scored on runs of 10, 29, 33 and 19 yards. The junior threw a 17-yard TD pass to Leroy Freeman and a 73-yard scoring strike on a screen pass to Christopher Munro.

Williams rushed for 138 yards on 15 carries and completed 4 of 7 passes for 112 yards. He also made an interception while playing safety.

“This was rivalry week,” Williams said. “We just came together and are trying to take it all the way and do something that no one in Spring Mountain history has ever done before.”

Spring Mountain (4-0, 2-0 1A Southern) rushed for 316 yards, including Freman’s 89 yards and a touchdown and Price Powell’s 48 yards.

The Eagles’ defense racked up seven sacks and forced four turnovers, including Damion Johnwell’s 17-yard fumble return for a score in the second quarter that left Spring Mountain ahead 40-20 at halftime.

“That’s our style of defense. We attack,” Masden said. “It’s high-risk, high-reward, but that’s what happens when it comes together like that. That’s Spring Mountain defense; we try to give offenses a lot of fits.”

Indian Springs sophomore quarterback Troy Heath completed 12 of 32 passes for 272 yards and two TDs. Senior receiver Xavier Pena caught eight passes for 145 yards and a score for the Thunderbirds (2-2, 0-2).

Devin Jackson ran for 58 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries for Indian Springs.

The wild game saw the teams combine for 796 yards of offense and seven turnovers.