By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
Devyn Williams was far from open, but he wasn't going to give up on the floating fade pass either.
The Roos' sophomore receiver made his move on the young defensive back, went up and caught freshman quarterback Meguel Santiago's pass.
But the catch is just the beginning; Williams will be quick to remember that in August when the Killeen football team reports for summer workouts.
Williams caught two touchdowns and, taking his eyes off the ball early, also dropped two touchdowns while Daniel McCants and Garrett Gaskamp each ran for scores as Maroon beat White 31-3 in Killeen's annual spring game Friday at Leo Buckley Stadium.
"I've got a lot to improve on, but mostly it was good considering that it is spring," Williams said of his night. "I'm just taking this as a boost to come up next year and be even better."
Williams, Killeen's third-leading returning receiver, had four catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns and McCants picked up where he left off last season when he was moved up from JV for the playoffs.
In three playoff games last season, the sophomore running back had 321 yards and two touchdowns and Friday ran for 120 yards on 13 carries, including a 60-yard touchdown run four minutes into the scrimmage for an early 7-0 Maroon lead.
"I expect playmakers to make plays. And that's what's got to happen next year for us to be successful," Killeen coach Sam Jones said. "I thought Naaman (Young) ran hard, I thought McCants had some good runs. We run at least three or four backs, we know we have two, hopefully, another one emerges. ... We're not going to let one back stay in there and get pounded on."
Young, the Roos' second-leading rusher last year (96-786, 13 TDs), struggled behind an already split offensive line without two potential starters and finished with just 19 yards.
Williams caught an 82-yard bomb from Gaskamp that gave Maroon a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, but dropped a wide open pass from Gaskamp along the sideline halfway through the third quarter and a hard-thrown bullet in the end zone from Eric Jackson early in the fourth.
"I turned before I had the ball in my hands (on the first drop), so just me keeping my eyes on the ball, that's all it was," Williams said.
Gaskamp, District 8-4A's offensive newcomer of the year, completed 11 of 25 attempts for 183 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also scored on a 15-yard run that gave Maroon its final score with 4½ minutes left.
Junior kicker Phathanasin Sandod hit three of four field goals, missing only a 35-yarder into the late in the game, and 3-for-3 on PATs. He made field goals of 20 and 25 yards.
Despite not having any single unit in its entirety, Maroon's defense appeared just as lopsided as the score. Even with Gaskamp, Jackson and Santiago all playing quarterback for both teams, White only mustered 143 yards of offense against the Maroon defense, including just 39 in the second half, and turned the ball over three times in the first half alone.
Killeen's defense allowed teams less than 250 yards of offense last season, but graduated numerous key seniors going into its first season 5A since 2001.
"I think we did good. There's some things we need to work on still, but that's the whole point of spring practice is to work on stuff," Maroon defensive lineman Arthur McIntosh said. "We've got something to prove, but we've got to work harder, we've got to work harder definitely. We're the underdogs, so we've got step up."