Cotey: Jefferson QB Williams runs this show

Jefferson’s Quentin Williams connected for two touchdowns after audibles.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

Jefferson’s Quentin Williams connected for two touchdowns after audibles.

TAMPA — He can throw the ball with anyone, the numbers will tell you that much.

Big plays. Big yards. Big touchdowns.

Big victories.

But Jefferson quarterback Quentin Williams is more than just some gunslinging PlayStation quarterback rolling up stats and going deep on every play because he has big wide receivers to go up and get the ball.

He is much more than that, and it is games like Friday's 24-21 victory over Spoto that continue to prove it.

Williams put up big numbers again, but he did it all after a mostly forgettable first half that had rendered the Dragons' fire-breathing offense sparkless.

While the junior signal caller continues to show he is more than just, well, showy, there are times when he can't help himself.

Take the first half against Spoto, when Williams scrambled away from the onrushing Spartans, then scrambled back toward them, then scrambled away again.

Play after play, he took flight.

Too soon, sometimes.

Too late, others.

"He told me, Coach, I'm trying to make a play," Jefferson coach Mike Fenton said.

Upon further reflection, however, Williams admitted afterward: "Trying to do too much."

So he went into the locker room and emerged determined to do more, with less.

To be smarter.

When he noticed the Spartans didn't have a safety back, he checked off and threw a touchdown pass to Eric Royster.

When he noticed it again, he threw another touchdown pass to Royster.

And in between, he went to his favorite target, Andre Davis, to give him three touchdown passes in the second half against one of the best defenses in Tampa Bay and a victory that all but seals a district title for the Dragons.

"We knew in the end, we'd come together," Davis said. "When you have teammates that want to win, that's what happens."

His numbers will look nice again in today's newspaper, and people will say, oh, that Jefferson, it did it again.

Oh, that Quentin, he sure can throw those touchdowns.

But these are the kinds of games that will make Williams, long after he's off playing college somewhere, remembered as a great quarterback.

He has already had one of those kinds of games already, willing his team to a dramatic season-opening win against Hillsborough.

Friday, he had another.

"When he walked out at halftime, I knew he was fine," Fenton said. "He took the team and put them on his shoulders."

After his first scoring pass to Royster, Williams ran in the two-point conversion — stretching the field as far as he could before leaping to get to the pylon — to make it 8-7.

On the next series, he ran away from the rush and made enough time to complete a 17-yard pass on a third-and-14, and four plays later hit Davis to make it 16-7.

And after Spoto scored again, Williams ran for 15 yards then scrambled one last time, just long enough for Royster to turn his defender around and get open for a 57-yard score.

The Dragons appear headed back to the playoffs, and with district wins over Lakewood and Spoto the players will start to wonder what awaits in that postseason bracket.

And when it comes time to find out, chances are they will look to their quarterback for more big plays, more big yards, more big touchdowns, and even bigger victories.

John C. Cotey can be reached at jcotey@sptimes.com

Cotey: Jefferson QB Williams runs this show 10/24/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 24, 2009 1:16am]

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