Hoffman Estates' Williams enjoying happy homecoming
Quincy Williams couldn't wait to get back to Hoffman Estates.
The junior running back had moved to Florida after his freshman year when his mother landed a job there. But when his mom got transferred back to the Chicago area, Williams knew he wanted to go back to Hoffman.
"It's home," Williams said. "They are like family. They have always taken care of me. They want me to be a better person on and off the field."
Hoffman is happy to have Williams and his family back at the dinner table. And with Williams running the football, the meals have been getting better with each serving.
Williams was eating like a king Saturday. The junior rushed for 184 yards on 31 carries with two touchdowns as Hoffman beat Barrington 20-7 in the annual Saturday homecoming game in Barrington.
"These coaches and these players push me in the weight room and on the field and in the classroom," Williams said. "I am feeling more comfortable each week. I am home."
Williams began the season, gaining just 62 yards in the Hawks' first two games, both of which Hoffman lost. In the his last four games, Williams has rushed for 103, 63, 215 and the 184 that he gained Saturday. And it's no coincidence that Hoffman has won all four of those games.
"He is a beast," Hoffman Estates coach Tim Heyse said. "He is a monster and a workhorse. He knows the offense. He is a leader and it is great to have him back."
It was the second year in row that Hoffman Estates (4-2, 2-0) has beaten Barrington after losing the previous 20 consecutive meetings.
"Early on we could have closed it out," Heyse said. "A few drops and a few bad reads. So we grind it out. You know how it is in the West. You are going to need to grind it out one of these games."
Hoffman looked like it was going to run away with the game early.
Hoffman scored 20 points through the first 20 minutes. Williams scored on a pair of one-yard touchdown runs. Those touchdowns sandwiched a 33-yard touchdown pass from Aiden Cyr (12-of-24, 160 yards) to Stephon Sellers (6 receptions, 86 yards).
The Hawks had an opportunity to put the game away, but Barrington's Andrew Grosch picked off a pass in the end zone to keep the Broncos close.
Barrington (2-4, 1-1) was stymied by a swarming Hoffman Estates defense. That defense, led by Nate Cleveland, Trendall Whiting, Aiden Coleman, Damarion Anderson and Xavier Martinez, forced four turnovers and kept the Broncos from scoring.
Barrington finally broke through with 8:51 to play on a 17-yard run by Dillon Fitzpatrick. The Broncos had an opportunity to climb back into the game later, but a fumble on one drive and four incomplete passes ended those threats,
"Unfortunately, anytime we had opportunities, we just couldn't seem to finish," Barrington coach Joey Sanchez said. "We would move the ball and there would be an unfortunate turnover or we couldn't get a conversion."