Gamers of the Week

Senior Dakota Williams of Hurricane High School

Dakota Williams is Gamer of the Week

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s Male Gamer of the Week to Senior Dakota Williams of Hurricane High School.

By Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS

The Hurricane Redskins had an impressive win last week as they improved their record to 4-1 as they defeated Spring Valley High School 41-21. The Redskins only trailed after Spring Valley’s opening drive, but never looked back as they ended the first half 24-10. By the end of the game, the Redskins came out victorious, as they were efficient on offense and stout on defense. One standout player that helped lead the Redskins to victory was senior wide receiver Dakota Williams. A former second-team all-state selection at wide receiver last season, Williams posted huge numbers as he hauled in three touchdown receptions, caught four passes for 196 yards, and also added 36 yards rushing. On the night Williams accounted for 232 total yards on offense and averaged a staggering 25.8 yards per play every time he touched the ball. 

When asked about what motivates him Dakota said, ”Building off of last year’s successes and failures has made us realize we can compete with the best in the state. This year we believe we have what it takes to make it to the state championship. That is our goal and we won’t be satisfied with any other result.’’ When asked about who has inspired him throughout his life he replied, “My mother is my inspiration. She has been there for me since I started playing midget league. She believes in me and pushes me to work hard in hopes of one day playing football beyond the Friday night lights.”

The Redskins are starting to run like a well-oiled machine on offense as they are averaging 30.4 pts/game on offense while only allowing 23.6 pts/game on defense. The Redskins continue to build comradery as they have welcomed new additions to the team and have shown great growth within the program as the returning players are picking up where the graduates left off. One key aspect the Redskins have improved upon since their victory over Woodrow Wilson has been winning the turnover margin and cutting down self-penalties. These two key factors have allowed the Redskins to make it difficult for their opponents to succeed. Barring injuries, the Redskins look to be a tribe united with the ultimate goal of conquering whoever comes in their path. The Redskins are looking forward to their huge matchup with MSAC rival Capital High School Friday night at home. Winning this game would be a great confidence booster for the second half of the season and could ultimately determine who could win the always-competitive MSAC conference.

Dakota currently has a 3.5 GPA and is the son of Laura Williams. Dakota says he plans to participate on the track team in the spring. He plans to continue playing football in college and study criminal justice.

Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Male Gamer of the Week Sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald.

Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Teays Physical Therapy Center and assists with the Potential Plus Program.