Williams' football team undefeated so far

Nov 5, 2014 10:04 PM by Ross Field

They may play in a small town, but there's nothing tiny about the feats being accomplished by the football team in Williams, and the school some have laughed at in recent years, is reaching new heights.

Ross Field has more with the Williams Yellowjackets.

The town of Williams, home to a couple gas stations, one bank, and Granzella's Restaurant and Deli. And oh yeah, one of the best football teams in the Northern Section too.

A 58-6 win over University Prep improved the Yellowjackets' record to a perfect 9-0, but they are far from satisfied.

"We all have a common goal: section championship. It's not easy to get there but we all have our mind set on it," said Fernando Rodriguez, a running back who's rushed for 1,554 yards.

"They want to succeed, they don't want to lose, they don't want to feel what it's like to lose," said Dan McDonald, head coach of the Yellowjackets.

"We're very hungry you know, it hasn't been done in a couple years," said Quarterback Pete Ornelas.

Make that 20.

1994 is the last year Williams won a section title, and the program hasn't had very much success as of late.

In 2011 and 2012, they won just three games.

Now though, they're one of the top ranked teams in Division IV.

"This has been the most rewarding year of coaching that I've had in the 25-plus years that I've been coaching and the kids they put on the show and I just sit back and take it all in," said McDonald.

And for these players, there's nothing better than small town football on a Friday night under the lights.

"Everbody comes to the football games and it's just fun seeing everybody's faces come to support our team," said Luis Davalos, offensive lineman for Williams.

"It's a good humbling feeling really, it keeps us driven," said Rodriguez.


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