RIVERVIEW — Quentin Williams knew entering Friday night’s district game against Spoto that he was 148 yards away from becoming Hillsborough County’s all-time passing yardage leader, but he kept quiet about it.
And when he broke Stephen Garcia’s record of 8,081 yards with a 15-yard pass to Andre Davis in the third quarter, the reaction on the sidelines was equally reserved.
“Coach (Mike) Fenton came up to me and told me, 'I’m not going to make a big deal about it, but you got the record,’ ” Williams said.
Even after he led Jefferson (7-0) to a 54-18 rout of Class 3A, District 8 rival Spoto (5-3), with his teammates rushing to congratulate and take pictures with the county’s new passing king, Williams remained humble about the impressive accomplishment.
“It’s a blessing. It’s hard work every day, and it’s paid off,” said Williams, who finished with 202 passing yards and seven total touchdowns, five through the air. “The biggest thing is we won a district game, so we’ve got to step up and get ready for next week.”
Although they held only a 7-6 lead after one quarter, Williams and the Dragons appeared more than ready for the Spartans. The 6-foot Williams scored four touchdowns in the second quarter — a 2-yard dive into the end zone and passes of 16, 11 and 19 yards — to give Jefferson a 34-12 lead at halftime.
Williams added two touchdowns to pad the lead, a 45-yard pass to Tyriq McCord and a 2-yard pass to Chris Moore.
“Quentin’s a great quarterback. He came to work,” Davis said. “I think from jump street, from sophomore year, he’s been one of the hardest workers that I’ve known, so it’s great that he got the record. That’s a blessing for him.”
Fenton, who has coached the top three passers in county history (Williams and Garcia at Jefferson, Kenny Kelly at Tampa Catholic), praised his even-keeled quarterback for his team-first attitude — something that’s helped the Dragons stay focused on their true goal: a state title.
“Quentin is such a great competitor. He has one of the best arms I’ve seen in high school football, but he doesn’t care about all these stats and stuff. He wants to win,” Fenton said. “He’s truly a team guy. He’s got ice in his veins. He doesn’t get flustered. He’s the same all the time, and that’s a great quality to have in a quarterback.”