Athlete of the Week: Saints, Williams lay solid foundation

When Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach decided to add a football program, the Saints were looking for a few good men to get things started. Senior Cody Williams was one of 26 to answer the call.

Williams hadn’t played football since his recreation league days, which was as much or more experience as anyone else on the team. The inexperienced Saints sank all their energy into building a strong eight-man football foundation that future teams could be proud of.

“I played rec football when I was younger, and I think I was one of the few players that had ever played before,” said Williams, who was voted the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week for his efforts. “Austin Guyton and I were the only seniors who had played, but mostly it was the coaches who showed us how to play.”

It wasn’t the smoothest of starts for the Saints, and the same was true of Williams. A nagging back injury kept him out of the first-ever game, a 28-13 loss to James Island Christian, then the Saints suffered a 50-13 defeat to Pee Dee Academy and a 36-30 heartbreaker vs, Laurens Academy.

But CAMB started to put it all together midway through the six-game schedule, earning the first victory in program history with a 65-6 rout of Noth Myrtle Beach Christian. Following a 42-20 loss to SCISA state power Richard Winn Academy, the Saints closed out the inaugural campaign with a 61-20 win,

The season-ending victory over Faith Baptist not only closed the first year on a positive note, it also was a memorable one for Williams individually. The team’s leading tackler finally got some carries on the other side of the ball. In addition to his 17 tackles, he intercepted a pass and rushed for two TDs.

“I was playing some tailback but when I was hurt I started playing more linebacker,” said Williams, who finished the season with 63 tackles, two fumble recoveries and 102 yards rushing for three TDs. “But I’ve always enjoyed playing defense the most. I like being the guy (who delivers the hits).”

Williams and his teammates also made a big impact on the school, laying the foundation for future success on the gridiron. He looks forward to returning for homecomings and football games down the road and taking pride in having been a p[art of getting it off the ground.

“When we started back in the summer we weren’t as strong as we wanted to be, but we worked hard to get better and to come together as a team,” said Williams, who also plays basketball and soccer for the Saints.

“To get that first Win was very rewarding. Everybody who saw us said how much we improved over the season. I’m glad I was part of it.”

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