Ever heard the line, "I went to a fight, and a hockey match broke out?" I had a variation of that last night where I went to a track meet, and a football game broke out, and there's an interesting WSU angle to the game.
The two teams combined for nearly 1,100 yards of passing offense as the in their second games of the seasons as the Tahoma Bears outlasted the Rogers (Puyallup) Rams, 48-41. Both quarterbacks threw for more than 500 yards, but the leading passer was Tahoma's Amandre Williams, who threw for 579 yards on 37-of-50 passing with five touchdowns. It was the second most yards ever in a Washington high school game next to Brett Rypien, who threw for over 600 yards in a Shadle Park game last season. Williams also ran for two TDs.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Williams -- a junior -- is a WSU target.
Apparently, Washington, USC and UCLA also are interested in the young man as a defensive end, but after what I witnessed last night, he might not have to settle for defense if that's not what he wants to do. Sometimes, kids rack up these kinds of numbers throwing a lot of short passes that receivers break; that was not the case for Williams, who appeared to be running something similar to what you see out of Baylor.
"Amandre is an amazing football player," Tahoma coach Tony Davis told The News Tribune's Todd Milles. "And the crazy thing is, his future is on the defensive side of the ball."
Now, I don't pretend to know more than Davis. And I'm not nearly skilled enough of a talent evaluator to know if the kid will be seen as a serious quarterback recruit. But I do know that was dropping back and reading defenses and finding open guys all night long with accurate throws. It was a sight to behold, and I wouldn't be the slightest bit surprised if -- at the very least -- some non "Big 5" schools offer him the chance to throw it.
Another fun thing to watch was Rogers' Kyler Ooley, who had 326 yards and six touchdowns on 11 receptions. He's 5-foot-10 and just 148 pounds, but he's really fast -- he ran a 10.85 100-meters at the state track meet last year -- and spent pretty much the entire night executing Rogers' "throw it up and let Kyler run under it" offense to perfection. Ooley is probably too small for the rigors of Pac-12 play, but he's on the radar of FCS schools.
If a highlight package of last night's game becomes available, I'll update the post. But for now, enjoy Williams' sophomore defensive end highlights.
EDIT: As promised, here are the highlights for each. This is the best six minutes you'll spend today.