Shoemaker opponents would be wise to know where Dwayne Williams is on the field at any given time and make sure they account for No. 3 in a Grey Wolves jersey. Last Friday was no different.
In a game the Grey Wolves needed to clinch Shoemaker’s second playoff appearance, the cornerback, wide receiver and punt returner had another stellar performance to help Shoemaker (7-3, 5-2 8-5A) get past winless Ellison (0-10, 0-7) 34-9.
“I just try to stay focused and do whatever I can to help my team win,” Williams said.
Williams returned a punt for a touchdown, had an interception and one reception in the victory.
For his performance, Williams was nominated for KDHPressbox Player of the Week and ran away with 82 percent of the vote.
Williams beat out Copperas Cove wide receiver Phillip Baptiste, Harker Heights guard Alexis Dukes and Gatesville cross country runner Abate Hennessy.
The Shoemaker senior was a part of a team that went from 2-8 in 2012 to ending this regular season on a five-game winning streak. Shoemaker made the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
“Good things happen around here, we turned this program around and I’m happy,” Williams said. “We’re doing great things this year.”
Williams’ play on offense, defense and special teams was an integral part in helping the Grey Wolves finish third in District 8-5A.
“He’s one of our better athletes, better players on our team, one of our leaders and he continues to make plays,” Shoemaker head coach Channon Hall said. “That’s what we expect him to do.”
Williams got things going early against Ellison in the first with a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown that put Shoemaker ahead 7-0.
“When I picked the ball up, I turned around and went to the side of the field I saw open,” Williams said. “I saw one guy and I pointed him out to (outside linebacker) Kerry Walker. He got the block and it was a touchdown from there.”
Williams hauled in his district leading 10th interception of the season and returned it 30 yards.
“On defense he’s really exciting,” Shoemaker quarterback Ziere Banner said. “When the ball’s in the air, I expect us to go get it back. I’ve already put my helmet on when the ball’s in the air because I know Dwayne will go get it.”
The senior also finished second in the district with eight punt returns for 252 yards, an average of more than 31 yards per punt return.
He was one of the sparkplugs on a Shoemaker defense that allowed just 154 total yards and forced two turnovers.
Now Williams looks to help Shoemaker win its first playoff game in school history when the Grey Wolves take on Mansfield Timberview at 7 p.m. Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco.
Baptiste finished second with a total of 73 votes after the senior receiver caught 12 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns and added another touchdown on a 92-yard kickoff return in Copperas Cove’s playoff-clinching 45-23 win over Harker Heights.
Last week, Dukes drilled eight 3-pointers and averaged 23 points as the Lady Knights opened the season with wins over Pflugerville Hendrickson and Leander Rouse.
Hennessy posted the best area finish at the state cross country meet Saturday, finishing 12th in 16 minutes, 49.62 seconds in Class 3A.