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James Williams, Hawkins Mann lead list of football all-league honorees

Football: Burroughs and Burbank combine for 28 all-league selections after both tied for second place in the Pacific League.

December 03, 2013|By Jeff Tully,
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Burbank High football had a football player garner one of the Pacific League's top awards despite playing limited minutes.

Burroughs had a player earn one of the league's top awards after playing the entire campaign with a major injury.

With Bulldog James Williams and Indian Hawkins Mann leading the way, the two local teams had their share of athletes earn All-Pacific League honors, as 28 Burbank and Burroughs players were selected on this year's list.

Burbank, which tied for second in league and advanced to the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division semifinals, had 13 players earn accolades, while Burroughs, which also tied for second, landed 15 players on the list.

"If you add up all the first team and the second and the honorable mentions, we got the same number of all-league players as Muir," Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop said about the league-champion Mustangs, which also advanced to the division semifinals. "We had some good kids and some good athletes and it's nice to see our guys get recognized. We had a little bit of everything with our guys who were honored across the board."


Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said it was a tight vote for league player of the year between Muir's Dejon Williams and Burbank's James Williams. Dejon Williams ended up winning the award by one vote. However, James Williams was named the offensive player of the year.

"You look at James' numbers in league and he had some very impressive stats despite not playing that much in the second half against a lot of teams," Valencia said. "He sat out a lot late in games and he was still able to put up respectable numbers. His stats were never padded and we didn't try and get him more touchdowns just for the sake of his stats.

"[Dejon] Williams is a very good player, and you can't take that away from him, but I just thought James did so much for our team that he should have been given the top award."

Despite his limited use and an injury that hampered him in the playoffs, Williams, a junior, finished the season with a school-record 22 rushing touchdowns in 164 carries. His 1,469 (nine yards a carry) was good enough for second on the all-time list, just 35 yards shy of Ulises Ochoa's 1,504-yard record set in 2009. Williams also had 22 catches for 482 yards (21.9 yards a catch) and five touchdowns, and had 2,307 all-purpose yards and scored176 points (third all-time).

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