ND’s Wil­liams twins run all over Hamil­ton

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS - By Rich Fisher

HAMIL­TON » It’s tough to get a read on that Notre Dame High foot­ball team so far.

Com­ing off an open­ing-day blowout loss to Burling­ton Twp., the Ir­ish did a com­plete 180 and trounced Hamil­ton West, 42-14, at Stein­ert Satur­day to give the Hor­nets their first loss. Hamil­ton (21) was con­sid­ered the home team as its new bleach­ers are still be­ing in­stalled.

And while it was a bad day for the Hor­nets team, it was an out­stand­ing day for two play­ers from the Hamil­ton West school district as sopho­mores Coleon and Cor­taz Wil­liams ran wild for the Ir­ish. The twin broth­ers live right behind Hamil­ton High School and treated their bud­dies rudely as Car­taz ran for 121 yards and three touch­downs and Coleon rushed for 105 yards and a TD.

Cor­taz was com­ing off 200-plus rush­ing game against the Blue Devils and en­joyed some suc­cess run­ning the ball as a fresh­man. Coleon started as a de­fen­sive back last year.

“Those kids work in­cred­i­bly hard,” Ir­ish coach Marc Lordi said. “The amount of times they come in early in the day to ask ques­tions, they’re al­ways lis­ten­ing to coach­ing. I’m re­ally proud of them, and all the other guys be­cause we re­ally have a lot of high qual­ity kids on our team that want to learn and want to play bet­ter.”

The Ir­ish played a hun­dred times bet­ter than in their opener, out­gain­ing Hamil­ton 286-219 and out­rush­ing the Hor­nets 256-110 as the Ir­ish’s line was out­stand­ing. Notre Dame took a 28-0 lead by scor­ing three touch­downs within seven min­utes at the end of the first half, and was then stunned when Hamil­ton used just two plays to go 53 yards and make it 28-7 with 14 sec­onds left in the half.

It ap­peared that might be the mo­men­tum changer the Hor­nets needed.

“We just told them to stay fo­cused,” Lordi said. “That’s all it was. The touch­down was easy for them to get us off our game. We said if we let them get us off our game then they won the end of the first half. We just told our guys to stay in it, lis­ten to the plan, keep do­ing what they’re coached to do and they’ll be fine.”

That’s ex­actly what they did. On the sec­ond play of the third quar­ter Coleon Wil­liams scored on a 51-yard run and ND would never look back.

“That felt great,” Wil­liams said. “It felt great to get mo­men­tum back and it kind of killed their drive and got us this win.”

Hamil­ton moved the ball well on the game’s first se­ries but turned the ball over on downs. Notre Dame re­sponded with a 66yard drive capped by Cor­taz Wil­liams’ TD run and the Ir­ish de­fense played well for the re­main­der. Tom Burns, a big part of that de­fense, kicked the first of his six ex­tra-points.

Mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter, West as­sisted on the next three Ir­ish TDs. A per­sonal foul penalty out of bounds on third down kept an ND drive alive that re­sulted in a Rob Buecker’s TD pass to Michael Whalen Con­nolly. A bad snap on a punt and a fum­ble deep in Hamil­ton ter­ri­tory set up two more Cor­taz Wil­liams TD runs.

De­spite Hamil­ton’s late-half touch­down, the land­slide was on.

“We just tried to show every­body we were good,” Cor­taz Wil­liams said. “Every­body doubted us, but we had the con­fi­dence we could win.”

“Last week we re­ally felt we had a good game plan and we didn’t ex­e­cute the way we wanted to,” Lordi said. “For the first time in a while our guys came out and ex­e­cuted ev­ery­thing we asked them to do and I’m re­ally proud of them.”

Notre Dame (1-1) Hamil­ton (2-1) First Quar­ter ND— Sec­ond Quar­ter ND— ND— ND— HW—

kick) Cor. Wil­liams 5 run (Burns kick)

Con­nolly 33 pass from Buecker (Burns kick) Cor. Wil­liams 4 run (Burns kick)

Cor. Wil­liams 2 run (Burns kick) Charles 9 pass from Pat­ter­son (Cooper

Third Quar­ter ND— ND— Fourth Quar­ter HW— 7 0 21 7 14 0 0 — 7 —

Col. Wil­liams 51 run (Burns kick) Buecker 1 run (Burns kick)

Boswell 1 run (Paz­dan kick)

42 14

GREGG SLABODA — TREN­TO­NIAN PHOTO

Notre Dame QB Robert Buecker, left, rolls out look­ing for a re­ceiver as Hamil­ton’s Rah­mel Turner tries to make the tackle.

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