November 18, 2007

Williams completes stellar season

Pickens County defensive end Michael Williams will always be remembered as the first commitment of Alabama's 2008 recruiting class when he made his pledge to the Tide back in February. On Friday night, Williams finished his high school career as Pickens County dropped a 52-26 decision to defending Class 2A state champion Leroy.

"We just ran into a very good football team," said Pickens County Head Coach Jack Cook who saw the Tornadoes' season end with a record of 9-3. "They are at a level we are trying to get to. Michael had a great game. He had a sack and a half and caught two big catches for us in the first half. He kept their quarterback running around all night. They just had more weapons overall than we did."

Williams finished his junior season with 65 tackles and 11 sacks. After Friday night, Williams had bettered those statistics in completing his final season with over 70 tackles and 12 1/2 sacks.

"No one knew about Michael last season, but it was harder for him this year because everyone knew about him and game-planned around him," said Cook. "Everyone double and triple-teamed him and he still fought through and made big plays for us.

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