Football Insider: FW Southwest sophomore keeps air show humming

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Perhaps somewhat hidden by 6-0 Fort Worth Dunbar’s success this season, Fort Worth Southwest is again putting together some impressive offensive numbers.

The Raiders are 5-1 overall and 3-0 in District 7-4A, with their only loss coming in a shootout with Everman in early September.

The driver of the offensive machine is sophomore quarterback Devin Williams, who leads the district in passing with nearly 1,800 yards and 23 touchdowns to just three interceptions. Coach Lanny Trammel isn’t surprised at Williams’ production, despite his youth.

“He’s just a tremendous talent at quarterback,” Trammel said. “He does a great job throwing the ball; he does a great job of slipping off and running the ball when he needs to. He’s very poised. He’s really a tremendous leader, and he does the right things. He keeps us in check and holds everything together, so I’m really not surprised.”

Williams actually started several games last year as a freshman, including twice in the playoffs, and Trammel says he’ll never forget Williams’ introduction to varsity football. The Raiders had the ball at their own 2-yard line, but on his first varsity snap, Williams dropped back and completed a pass that went 98 yards for a score.

“That’s the kind of poise he has,” Trammel said. “One of the things Devin has been able to do is recognize mismatches. We’ve given him some authority to check off plays and check off to other things. He’s doing a good job of making decisions.”

Williams also distributes well. Fourteen Raiders have at least one reception this year, and five have over 100 receiving yards.

The Raiders average more than 44 points a game. This week they face a 6-0 Granbury team allowing fewer than 20 points per contest.

Speaking of Dunbar...

The Wildcats (6-0, 4-0 in District 6-4A) were off last week and used the bye to rest some injuries and focus on conditioning for the home stretch.

“Our kids have been holding up fairly well as far as conditioning, so we just kind of pushed the conditioning a little bit more and cleaned up some of the things we were doing,” coach Todd Lawson said. “We just kind of did some fine-tuning.”

On paper, the toughest part of Dunbar’s schedule is behind them, but Lawson isn’t concerned about a letdown from his squad.

“At the beginning of the season, they sat down and set out their goals they wanted to accomplish. They wanted to win district, go undefeated in district and go to state. Those things are still in front of them. They haven’t achieved what they wanted to achieve yet, so they’ve been staying pretty focused.”

Lawson also has a warning for his Wildcats in case they do start to overlook upcoming opponents, like one-win Fort Worth Carter-Riverside this week.

“They’re going to give us the best shot they’ve got,” Lawson asserted. “It doesn’t matter if they’re 0-10 or whatever the case may be, we’re going to get their best shot, so we better be prepared to play them.”

Lopsided rivalry

No one needs to remind Hurst L.D. Bell players it’s been 15 years since they last defeated H-E-B school district rival Euless Trinity. They’re well aware.

But coach Mark Smith reminded them this week that regardless of what happened in previous years, the scoreboard will read 0-0 when the game kicks off.

“This is 2013 and this team writes its own story and its own chapter,” Smith said. “The things that happened in 2012 or even the last 15 years have nothing to do with this team. I’d have told them the same thing had we won last year. Our focus has just been what this team can do to go play our best football to give us the best chance to be successful Thursday night.”

Smith feels his team had a solid week of preparation, and most importantly is playing its best football of the season.

“I really feel great about where this team is,” he said. “The biggest difference between this team and others we’ve had is that this team has done a great job of improving every single week. This team’s focus has been in the right place and not on opponents or external factors.”

Player of the Week

In the fan vote for top performances from Oct. 10-12, Arlington Seguin quarterback Kelton Moore won with 5,501 votes. Almost 12,000 votes were cast.

Visit the site Monday to see who’s in the running for this week’s games.

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