Jahkobe Shaw was a busy young man for Williamson against the Charles Henderson Trojans on Thursday night.
Shaw, a 5-foot-5 senior, made 30 carries for 224 yards and three touchdowns covering 5, 1 and 65 yards as the No.6 Class 4A Lions won their third straight game, beating Class 5A Charles Henderson 39-22. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
Williamson increased his record to 4-2 with the win.
“It’s just from the heart,” Shaw said of her performance. “It started from the beginning with the park ball and it was built. All my life I have admired my brother, showing me what it is. This is just the start – we still have three or four games, and we need to perfect it more, and once we get it perfect, we’ll see everyone at the state.
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Daniel Miller added 5, 1 and 1 yard touchdown passes as Williamson gained 309 yards on the ground. Miller also had 6 of 13 passes for 84 yards and an interception.
Despite the win, Lions coach Melvin Pete Jr. still had some concerns.
“We still need to clean up some things,” he said. “We have to work so that we don’t get offside, where we start first and -15. But I’m really happy with the way we moved the ball across the pitch, but we need to capitalize more in the red zone.
Williamson took a 7-0 lead on his second possession when Miller ended a nine-play, 61-yard run with a 5-yard touchdown run. Charles Henderson, however, came back and took the lead when Parker Adams connected with Jywon Boyd on a 75-yard touchdown pass and Adams connected on the 2-point conversion pass to Damien Hart.
The Lions responded with another Miller touchdown, this one-yard to end a nine-game, 67-yard workout, with 1:16 left in the half. Williamson increased his lead to 19-8 in the third quarter when Miller added another 1-yard touchdown run.
The Lions made it 33-8 with two touchdowns from Shaw in the third quarter from 5 and 1 yards. A 7-yard fourth-quarter touchdown reception by Boyd made things look good for the Trojans, but in the possession that followed, Shaw pulled out a right tackle and ran for 65 yards for a touchdown to seal the game. Boyd caught his third touchdown reception – a 22-yard – with 1:51 to play.
Game Star: Without a doubt, it had to be Shaw. He mixed elusiveness with might and great vision to torch the Trojan defense.
Course of the game: Boyd’s 75-yard touchdown reception was a sight to behold, but gave the advantage to Shaw’s 65-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, which essentially sealed the game. Defensively, an intercepted pass from Kenyate Pettway allowed Shaw to score the first touchdown.
Keystrokes: Charles Henderson was called up for unsportsmanlike conduct following a 7-yard touchdown by Boyd. As a result, the ball had to be kicked from 25 instead of 40. The ball was caught on 35 from the Lions and Shaw scored on the next play.
Key statistics: For Charles Henderson, Boyd caught six passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns, while Adams was 13 of 24 for 168 yards, three touchdowns and was intercepted once. For Williamson, Robert Woodyard caught three passes for 48 yards.
In numbers : 4 – Total number of first attempts by Charles Henderson; 24 – Total number of first attempts by Williamson; 32 – Total amount of net ground distance by Charles Henderson; 107 – Total number of first-half yards gained by Shaw.
Coachspeak: “I never gave 30 runs to a running back. But if a man is sexy, you have to keep giving it to him. We have to mention the offensive line and the offensive line coaches because they succeed. Pete, Jr. on Shaw’s performance.
They said it: “The coach called the game good, but you have to give it to the big boys up front. They were blocking, and I made the right cuts, and it was a touchdown. Shaw on his 65-yard touchdown run.
Following: Both teams resume regional play next Friday night, with Williamson moving to face Jackson while Charles Henderson hosts Pike Road.