A stabbing incident during his sophomore year caused Tomez Williams to miss two years of football. Now, the senior has traded hanging on the streets for banging heads on the football field.
"I don't have time for that street stuff anymore," said Williams. "Now football's my game."
In Patterson's 22-0 rout yesterday at City 4A rival Lake Clifton (2-1, 1-1), Williams showed just how much football is his game. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder made five tackles (two solo) and sacked quarterback Joe Able twice.
Patterson (2-1, 1-1) stopped Lake Clifton on fourth-and-short situations three times, and Williams was in on all three.
It took less than a minute for Williams to make his first impact.
His hit against Lakers running back Darnell Pearsall (79 rushing yards) caused a fumble on Lake Clifton's initial possession and the Clippers' Kevin Bridgeforth (two sacks) recovered at the Lakers' 34. Four plays later, Brenden Williams' 1-yard touchdown, coupled with the first of two extra point kicks by Mike Altodonna, gave the Clippers a 7-0 lead with 8: 58 left in the period.
Patterson led 14-0 after Damon Branch went untouched for a 47-yard touchdown to end the first period. Darrell Baker, Pat Stafford, George Hill and Tom Newell cleared the way for Branch, who had 112 of Patterson's 169 rushing yards and also caught a conversion pass.
After an Eric Thompson interception, Lake Clifton mounted a 68-yard drive, including a 53-yard run by Robert Carrothers. Four minutes before halftime, however, Williams stopped Carrothers
on fourth-and-three at Patterson's 32. Williams' 10-yard sack in the third quarter ended another promising drive by the Lakers, as did his fourth-period sack of Able on a fourth-and-one.
Patterson has an entirely new backfield, but senior quarterback Devin Jones was poised, going 8-for-16 for 133 yards, mostly to 5-9, 164-pound junior Allen Clay (five receptions, 120 yards).
Jones ran the option effectively, scoring the Clippers' final touchdown on a 3-yard run with 9: 47 left to play.
Jones' interception and subsequent 56-yard return killed the Lakers' final drive of the game.
Able entered the game having connected on each of six passes he had thrown to two-time All-Metro wide receiver Terrill Lowery. But Able (4-for-9 for 30 yards) did not complete a pass in the first half, twice overthrowing Lowery (two receptions, 11 yards).
"We mixed our coverage, doubled Lowery some and generally had a good pass rush," said Patterson coach Roger Wrenn, who notched his 148th career victory against 78 losses. "I knew we'd win or lose on line play. Today, we won on it."
Pub Date: 9/21/96