Washington Commit Troy Williams Dazzles in 56-0 Win over Long Beach Poly


Photo courtesy of Michael CastilloIf you haven’t seen Washington’s Class of 2013 quarterback Troy Williams play, you’re missing out. With a size and athleticism comparable to Keith Price, only much farther along given his age, Williams is every bit as talented as the scouts proclaim him to be. On Friday night in Harbor City, California, his ability was on display as his Narbonne Gauchos defeated the famed NFL pipeline known as Long Beach Poly, by an incredible score of 56-0.

Williams was on his game from the start, as the high school senior accounted for two first quarter touchdowns, including a 20-yard strike to A.J. Richardson, a wide receiver committed to Cal. Two first half touchdown runs showed off the speed of Williams, especially a second quarter scamper that saw him break from the pocket midst a collapsing line and streak towards the goal line and lunge forward for an 11-yard score.

For the game, Williams was 11 of 14 for 151 yards through the air, and would have had more passing opportunities if it wasn’t for how physical Narbonne was in the trenches, taking the game to Poly. The quarterback had a total three rushing touchdowns in the game, with one in each of first three quarters.

Due to a 56-0 score after three quarters, the fourth quarter was played in exactly 12 minutes, due to a mercy rule that runs off the clock in the event of a blowout. For Long Beach Poly, it was the first time the rule had ever been in effect against them.

Despite Williams not putting up out-of-this-world numbers like USC commit and Sammamish product Max Browne on Friday night, he was able do what it took to win, still while doing it in style. At one point in the second quarter, Williams dropped a considerable distance in the pocket to avoid a rush, and fired the ball 50 yards in the yard to a wide open receiver, hitting him square in the numbers for a 31-yard gain, a la Ohio State’s Troy Smith circa 2006 vs. Penn State.

The Dawgs have a special player committed in Williams, and given the strong play of his Narbonne Gauchos, a run at a state title may be in the cards, given a schedule that pits him against Mater Dei(Matt Barkley’s alma mater) in the regular season, and a pending playoff run that could very well force Narbonne to play Crenshaw, the alma mater of Oregon star De’Anthony Thomas.