When the football went into the air this past season and Curtlan Williams was around, good things seemed to happen for the Southern Lab Kittens.
As a receiver, Williams had nearly 50 receptions for over 700 yards and 7 touchdowns. When the opposition threw the ball, the 5-foot-9, 175-pounder was able to intercept three passes, but it was on special teams that Williams was perhaps the most dazzling, as 8 of his 17 punt returns went for touchdowns.
"To me it's about heart. Going out there, to me it doesn't matter if you're three times, four times bigger than me, I'm going to show you I've got heart. I'm gonna give 110 percent on every play," said Williams.
"He's a guy that came out. He's pretty much a leader. The rest of the team followed him," said Southern Lab head coach Marcus Randall. "He'll show you some of the things he would do on the field. Every time we needed a big play, whether it's offense, defense, special teams. That's pretty much why we kept him on the field the whole time."
Williams was a key piece of a Southern Lab squad that featured nearly 20 seniors. After reaching the state championship game and losing badly as juniors in 2014, this group of Kittens were driven towards ending their prep careers on a much happier note this time around in the Superdome against St Mary's.
"I didn't think they were going to punt it to him, based on all the things he had done all season," said Randall. "They punted it to him, and once I saw it go up, I knew something special was about to happen."
"I don't remember nothing. It was pretty much like a flash. The ball was in the air and then I remember running into the end zone," said Williams. "That's all I remember. I caught a pass from Bladrick Veal. And after that, there was a pick six."
Unfortunately, Williams' 88-yard interception return was called back because of a penalty. But no worry, his place was more than secure, being named the MVP of the Kittens 36-2 rout. He know looks ahead to college and continuing to be an electric playmaker.
"It was really emotional for us at the time and I'm really proud of the guys. And I know they're really proud of me too," said Williams. "I really feel, it was an amazing feeling, for us to go all the way."
The winner of the Sportsline Player of the Year Award will be announced at this year's Warrick Dunn banquet on Wednesday, January 27.
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