Williams steps up to lead running attack

Hasaan Williams has become the go-to running back for the Navarre Raiders.  He took on that role when Michael Carter went down with a knee injury on Sept. 4 and has made the most of his opportunities.

Through seven games, Williams already has churned out close to 700 yards and has scored rushing touchdowns. The senior has caught two touchdown passes as well.

“I just go out and do what I can to help the team,” Williams said. “I’ve worked hard and I give a lot of credit to the offensive line. They do a great job of opening up holes for me.”

Williams said part of his success is also a credit to his increased stamina, something he lacked in August. Since then, he’s been a strong runner, often breaking off some of his biggest runs late in the game.

In fact, in Friday’s 20-9 win over Escambia, Williams carried the ball 10 times on the Raiders’ final two drives, highlighting the stretch with a 28-yard run.

“My stamina has gotten a lot better,” Williams said. “I used to struggle with it, but now I feel good the entire game.”

Williams scored once in the win over the Gators, finding the end zone from 3 yards out.  He finished with 130 yards and helped the fifth-ranked Raiders improve to 7-0.

Read the full story in the Oct. 15 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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