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Calhoun grad to play all-star game


July 21, 2014 at 2:21 a.m.

Calhoun graduate Cory Williams, center, will play in the 80th Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Football Game at 7 p.m. Tuesday in San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO - Cory Williams' favorite movie of the summer is "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

Williams' recommendation should carry some weight since he sees almost every film as part of his job as the manager of Twin Dolphin theater in Port Lavaca.

Williams has worked at the theater during his four years at Calhoun High School.

"It's pretty fun," Williams said. "You get to meet a lot of interesting people - a lot of different people."

Williams hasn't had much time to watch movies during the past week while preparing for the 80th Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Football Game scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

The 6-foot, 220-pound Williams earned a spot at fullback on the South squad by rushing for 2,273 yards, 32 touchdowns and receiving first-team all-state honors after leading the Sandcrabs to a school record for wins (13) in a season and their first semifinal appearance since 1960.

"It was a good experience," Williams said. "Being able to play with those guys. We were playing together since we were little. Just being able to go that far and accomplish many things. It was real fun to do that and make a new record for our school and ourselves."

Williams' accomplishments were even more impressive considering he bounced back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered during his junior season and earned a scholarship to Eastern New Mexico in the process.

"It was tough at first, but with my teammates' help and my coaches' help, they help (me) get through it and become stronger and faster," he said. "I was a little scared. I was more like I wanted to get back into the groove. I just wanted to do better than I did the year before."

Williams will be playing in a new offense at the all-star game but has impressed El Campo and South head coach Bob Gillis with his football aptitude.

"Our offense is a little different," Gillis said. "We asked him to block, and I told him, 'If we run the sweep, can you cut that guy?' He said, 'Coach, we can cut him down.'"

Eastern New Mexico's offense is almost identical to Calhoun's, and Williams doesn't figure to have much trouble fitting in when he reports to Portales, N.M., on Aug. 11.

"I've just been working out, trying to get better and faster and stronger and trying to stay in shape," he said.

Gillis won't be surprised if Williams creates a highlight reel of his own from the all-star game.

"Getting to know him, he's got such a charming personality," Gillis said. "He's always smiling. He works hard. He's a pleaser, and he's a really, really good football player. He's got a lot of football skills, and I told coach (Richard) Whitaker that when he was at practice."


Gillis will be joined on the South staff by El Campo assistants Wayne Condra, Alan Roberts, James Harp, Kerry Brandl, Mark Woods, Matt Sohrt, Craig George, Dwayne Arkadie, Elliott Babcock, Matthew Schoener, Russell Krenek and trainer Dean Easter.

Wednesday, Gillis will be inducted into the coaches association's Hall of Honor.

Other inductees include former Sealy coach T.J. Mills and Baylor coach Art Briles.

Briles had to get a waiver to attend induction ceremonies since the NCAA no longer allows Division I coaches to attend or speak at coaching conventions where all-star games are played.

Ganado's Ashley Bridges and Tidehaven's Reagan Sides were recipients of $2,000 scholarships from the coaches association.



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