Injury doesn't slow down Titans running back (VIDEO AND PHOTOS)
East high school defeats the Gregory Portland Wildcats 56-48
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Injury doesn't slow down Titan running back
With a bruised ankle, Laken Williams helped Victoria East leap to new bounds.
The junior hurt his ankle in the first half, but it didn't stop him from making plays happen for the Titans (2-3, 1-1) in Friday night's District 30-4A 56-48 win over Gregory-Portland.
If he wasn't running through the line of scrimmage to gain yardage, he used his hands to grab receptions. With his left leg taped, he wanted to be out there with his team no matter what.
"We got a new thing going, and it's 'Not dead; won't quit,'" Williams said. "So we're not dead; I won't quit. That's just me."
Williams carved up 104 rushing yards on 13 carries. The first touchdown for Williams came off a 20-yard run, which gave the Titans a 20-7 lead in the first quarter. He was done scoring in the first quarter but found a way to come through for the Titans.
In the second quarter, Jonathan Ortega found Williams for a 60-yard touchdown pass.
"That dude is small, but he is a monster," Ortega said. "I'll take him over anyone any day. I love that dude. He just plays as hard as he can every play. It shows."
Titans coach Roland Gonzalez was glad with the win and the performance of his team, including Williams.
"Laken performed tonight like he performed all year," Gonzalez said. "Whenever Laken has the ball in his hands, anything can happen. Our offensive line did an outstanding job. There's a great supporting cast around Laken and Jonathan (Ortega)."
While the Titans put up the most points all season long, it didn't stop the Wildcats (3-3, 1-1) from charging to make a comeback. Wildcats senior Devin Bisby scored six of the team's seven touchdowns. Gonzalez knew stopping him would be difficult, but it didn't deter him from helping the Titans forge a way to keep scoring.
"Our defense was playing hard, and they made stops when we needed it," Gonzalez said.
Williams didn't score in the second half but had six carries for 50 yards. After finishing a play in the third quarter, Williams made his way to a trainer to get taped up.
He wanted to be there for his team on offense.
He didn't need to worry, as the offense had his back. The Titans had touchdowns from Ortega and seniors Deondric Lofton, who scored once, and Aaron Trevino, who contributed with two touchdowns.
Williams had not heard about comments made from Gonzalez and Ortega about his ability to keep moving while hurt and didn't need to.
"If I'm down, they will support me," Williams said. "I had a fumble; Jonathan came and picked me up; everyone came and picked me up. It was real nice."