A star on the Burbank High freshman football team last season, things came easily for running back James Williams, as he was able to pile up the yards.
“Running the ball started to come easier for me last year,” said Williams, who gained more than 1,900 yards for the Bulldogs last season.
But making the jump to the varsity level this season has been an eye-opener for the sophomore.
“It’s a lot harder,” he said. “Things just don’t come as easily because you play against teams and players that are better and tougher.”
With a lot of hard work, Williams has seemed to have made the transition nicely. In the annual Big Game Friday against Burroughs at Memorial Field, Williams’ talents were on display. He had 14 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown of 89 yards to pace the Bulldogs to a 37-14 victory.
At 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, Williams is an elusive runner who is hard to corral. The Indians found that out Friday. His touchdown run was an example of how easily Williams can turn a modest play into big yardage.