HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - Some people say number 42 at Phoebus High School reminds them of the number 24- Marshawn Lynch, better known by his alter ego "Beast Mode," who plays for the Seattle Seahawks. Marshawn Williams, now a senior for the Phantoms, continues to terrorize opposing defenses with his speed, quickness, but most of all, his absolute wrecking-ball mentality.
"He's physical," says Phantoms head coach Jeremy Blunt, "When you tackle him, you better be ready for a fight." The defensive unit for Bethel High School probably agrees.
Flash back to Friday, Oct. 11.
Bethel and Phoebus are squaring off at a rain-soaked Darling Stadium in Hampton. The Phantoms lead the Bruins14-0 after the second quarter. Minutes into the third quarter, Williams lines up behind his quarterback, ready to receive the handoff.
Williams sprints off, tucks the football into his belly, and plows straight into the pile of gold and yellow helmets. "When we're in the pile, I hear my line talking to me like, 'Keep going! Keep going! Keep going!" said Williams, who kept trucking for about 15 more yards after the entire Bethel defense dogpiled tried to take him down.
"I just...keep my feet moving," he says, "Keep my feet moving until I'm on the ground."
Four times this season, Williams has rushed for over 200 yards in a ball game. He rushed for eight touchdowns in one game- a 56-7 stomping over Warwick.
What better place for Williams to play his college ball than where such names as Kevin Jones, Ryan Williams, most recently New York Giants running back David Wilson made their name...Virginia Tech.
"I just always wanted to go to Tech," said Williams, "Since I was a little kid, we always used to talk about it in the house and stuff. It was kind of cool to actually get a scholarship offer.
"When I first saw it there, I said, "Man, this is like a dream come true."
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