Hurricanes savor league championship
Victoria Hurricanes quarterback Cordero "Showtime" Williams has played football on a number of levels.
But Williams pours his heart into the game regardless of the setting.
"It's all the same," Williams said. "It doesn't matter what level it is. I'm going to play to my full potential and give it all I've got to the end."
Williams showed his perseverance by helping to rally the Hurricanes to a 26-22 Crossroads Amateur Football League Super Bowl win over the Wharton County Panthers on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
The Hurricanes claimed the league title with a 12-0 record that included two wins over the Panthers, who finished the season at 9-3.
Williams, who played high school football at Bay City, threw three touchdown passes and was named the offensive player of the game.
He connected with Malcolm Peoples for a 65-yard touchdown and hooked up with Fletcher Robinson for a four-yard touchdown in the second quarter as the Hurricanes took a 20-8 lead at the half.
But after the Panthers scored 14 consecutive points to take the lead, Williams threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Butler Jr. for the decisive score.
"I was expecting the blitz, and they were doing that the first half of the game," Williams said. "In the second half, they were backing off and leaving the field wide open."
The winning score was set up by an interception by Deion Boyd, who was named the defensive player of the game.
"I followed the quarterback and I saw him baiting," Boyd said. "So I came in and went out, and I saw No. 10 run a slant and I just trailed him. He threw it, and I went up and I got it."
Boyd also scored the Hurricanes' first touchdown on a 3-yard run in the first quarter.
Boyd, a Corpus Christi Moody graduate, played for the South Texas Bonecrushers, who won the CRAFL championship last season.
Boyd has been in the league for seven seasons, and has now won back-to-back titles for a pair of undefeated teams.
"It's excitement. I love it. It's beautiful," Boyd said. "When we're down, we regroup and become a team and get back with each other."
The Hurricanes stopped the Panthers on the 1-yard line with 2 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of their 20-14 regular-season win.
The Panthers made it just as difficult in the Super Bowl behind quarterback Doug Ford, who played with many of the Hurricanes as a member of the Victoria Texans.
Brandon Brinkley, a Bay City graduate who also played for the Texans, gave the Panthers an 8-7 lead in the first quarter when he ran 2 yards for a touchdown and caught a two-point conversion pass from Ford.
After the Hurricanes went back on top, the Panthers scored twice in the third quarter.
Ford ran 3 yards for a touchdown before throwing a two-point conversion pass to Wharton graduate Jamial Shelton.
Brinkley gave the Panthers a 22-20 lead when he ran 1 yard for a touchdown.
But the Hurricanes' defense stiffened and the offense broke through in the fourth quarter, allowing head coach Corey Boyd to hoist the championship trophy after the game.
"It's just a brotherhood," Williams said. "We have the bond. We were up 20-8 and they came back. In the huddle, everyone was just telling each other to weather the storm and get back on top and control the game."