Bouncing back from injuries is never easy, but how about one to Josh Maran, the Drillers' senior starting quarterback? "It's a huge loss," said 12 year coach Paul Golla. "Whenever someone goes down, for whatever reason, it's also an opportunity for someone else."
For the 2016 Drillers that opportunity fell to sophomore Cameron Williams. Big shoes to fill, but there to help give Williams advice and encouragement, at every team meeting and practice was Maran. "Just relax, take leadership and just go," Williams said Maran has told him.
Just. Go. In the first start of his high school career his first pass was perhaps the catch of the year linking up with Tahj Wright on a one handed strike for the game's first score in the SWYL opener against Garces. Williams went on to settle in going 8-9 passing for 3 touchdowns. "If they give us the option to pass," Williams said, "We're going to take advantage and pass until they stop it."
BHS went on to win 45-42 with Williams showing poise needed at such a demanding position. "You look at him and he's never in panic or never rattled," said Golla.
This year Coach Golla has asked his players to be "uncommon" during a season that has been just that. Every game the Drillers play has been away from home, with Griffith Field still undergoing renovations, but one thing that hasn't changed is BHS' ability to win close games. "It's just part of being uncommon," said Williams. "We just do what we do. And that's (winning) what we do."
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