The phrase “play of the year candidate” has become a bit cliche or overused in recent years, but it’s hard to see many — if any — touchdowns being more impressive than Austin Williams’ last Friday.
During Ocean Springs’ 31-8 victory at Hammond, Louisiana, Williams, a Mississippi State commit, pulled off one of the more spectacular touchdowns you’ll see all season.
The catch itself wasn’t what stood out; it was a standard short pass to Williams at the line of scrimmage as he picked up a block five yards down field from his fellow receiver.
But what happened next should have Mississippi State fans drooling.
By the time Williams turned up field, he quickly realized it was him and one blocker against five Hammond defenders, who were quickly converging.
Boxed in near the line of scrimmage, Williams stutter stepped, split the five defenders and headed for the sideline.
Hammond still had the angle on Williams, but another juke sent two more defenders to the turf. By this point, Williams picked up another blocker and was off to the races, 60 yards from the end zone.
Credit to Hammond’s defenders, who tried to keep up with the lead Greyhound. Over the last 50 yards, three more players swiped at Williams’ feet only to come up empty.
Checkout the rest of Williams’ highlights on his Hudl page. There’s plenty of other impressive clips, but none come close to Friday’s 91-yard touchdown.
Williams has nine receptions for 180 yards and three touchdowns through Ocean Springs’ 2-1 start on the season.
Kalem Reddix’s highlight reel from Friday is also worth checking out. While St. Martin lost at Picayune, 56-21, the Yellow Jacket receiver put on a clinic with quarterback Wayne Overman III. The two combined for 12 catches for 249 yards and three touchdowns, including a 70-yard score where Reddix caught a pass along the sideline and torched Picayune’s defense.
Perhaps the most impressive play was a grab over the middle, where Reddix, facing the line of scrimmage, jumped backward and made the catch between three defenders before landing on his back.
Reddix is one of the nation’s receiving leaders through three games with 20 receptions for 530 yards and six touchdowns.