Marty Williams Marty Williams
North Augusta, SC
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That's why the Week Zero matchup with Branchville on Friday was such a welcome sight for Williams. For the first time since last November, all he had to worry about - at least for a few hours under the lights - was football.
"As soon as I got out there, I forgot about everything else," said Williams. "It sort of cleared my mind a little bit. I just tried to play my game and do the best I could."
If he was looking to keep quiet and deflect the attention, though his performance didn't help. When the smoke cleared on an 18-0 win over Branchville, Williams ended up with 287 yards rushing and three touchdowns to go along with 142 more yards through the air on 7-of-12 passing.
The 429 total yards in which Williams played a part was more than most squads accomplished as a team in Week Zero and worthy of the Aiken Driving Academy/Aiken Standard Player of the Week award.