The Union Recorder

Local Sports

October 18, 2013

UR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Williams earns Athlete of the Week honors

MILLEDGEVILLE — It is rare that players on the offensive and defensive line get recognized, but Georgia Military Prep School’s Parker Williams showed it is possible with a standout performance in the team’s 21-8 win over Warren County last week. His performance earned him U-R Athlete of the Week honors.

Williams recorded eight tackles in the contest, including four for a loss of yards and a half sack.

“He’s just one of those guys you really enjoy coaching,” Steven Simpson, head coach, said. “He’s just one of those guys you want on your team. He works hard every day — when he’s between those white lines he’s full force.”

Growing up around the game, Williams has gathered a lot of his football knowledge from his dad, Bert Williams, which he believes is an important asset as a high school player.

“I’ve grown up with football. Growing up and going to practice with my dad and seeing how excited he is with the players — as I’ve grown up being exposed to that, I’ve learned an abundance of knowledge from him, and for him to be able to help me play is a big deal,” Williams said. “Knowing about the game is really important. If you don’t know where you’re going on the offensive or defensive line you’re kind of useless.

The junior admits having an idea of what is going on during the game is crucial to being a successful player.

“You’ve got to recognize the defense when you’re on offense,” he said. “Basically just recognizing formations is key to being a football player.”

Knowing and understanding football has helped Williams since his freshman season with the Bulldogs, as Simpson suggests that the young lineman is fundamentally sound.

“It’s pretty obvious that he’s been around the game for a long time with his dad coaching the college team; he has a very high football IQ. The biggest thing is, Parker’s always been one of the bigger body kids, but his understanding of the game allows him to play in some situations where other kids might not have the understanding to play in those situations,” Simpson said. “He’s played a tremendous amount to still be a young player; because, he’s very fundamentally sound and he’s continuously working to better those fundamentals. Parker’s also developed into one of our leaders.”

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 04-10 GMC Prep Baseball 1.JPG GMC bats stale after break

    Coming off a brief hiatus from live competitions, Georgia Military Prep School baseball blew off some rust in their first game since spring break against First Presbyterian Day School at home Wednesday night.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lady Dogs notch two conference wins

    Winning seven of their last eight games, the Georgia Military College Lady Dogs softball team appears to be on a roll as they reach the final stretch of their regular season.

    April 4, 2014

  • 04-02 JMA Baseball 1.JPG JMA baseball still hot

    The John Milledge Academy baseball team earned its fifth consecutive victory Tuesday afternoon with a 6-0 home shutout of Augusta Prep.

    April 2, 2014 2 Photos

  • JMA logo NEW 2011.jpg JMA baseball heating up

    Westminster didn't put up much of a fight on Tuesday, as the John Milledge Academy varsity baseball team cruised to a 12-5 blowout win in Augusta.

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • 03-28 AOW_James Bell.jpg UR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Senior carries Braves offense

    In a sport known for its low scoring games, it is unusual for a soccer player to earn more than one goal in a single contest.

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lee Hannah.JPG Hannah brings ‘Be Great’ attitude to BHS

    What will you do to be great?
    What legacy will you leave?

    March 26, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • 03-26 JMA baseball_Zach Meeks.jpg JMA baseball team solid over Trinity Christian

    The John Milledge Academy baseball team returned from its school spring break looking impressive in a 7-1 win over visiting Trinity Christian School Monday afternoon in a non-region contest at Trojan Field.

    March 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Baldwin takes two against Greene Co.

    Strong performances were had by both the girls' and boys' soccer teams at Baldwin High Friday night as each earned a win over Greene County at home.

    March 25, 2014

  • 03-22 Tykeasia Williams 1.jpg All-County Basketball: Girls

    Missing the state playoffs this year due to a loss in the region tournament, Baldwin High girls’ basketball finished 11-14 on the 2013-14 season.

    March 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 03-20 GMC Prep Soccer 2.JPG Bulldogs soccer fall to FPD

    Taking the field against quality teams, Georgia Military Prep School boys’ and girls’ soccer dropped home matches to First Presbyterian Day School on Tuesday at the Baldwin County Recreation Department soccer complex.

    March 20, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
AP Video
Facebook