Steers focused on slowing Greenwood's prolific QB

Andy Newberry

The Graham Steers were fine with the underdog role a week ago as they eliminated a Glen Rose team many thought was among the best in the region.

It was a welcome change for the Steers after going through District 5-3A as a big favorite, a status they backed up with another district title.

Tonight, it's back to the favorite's role for Graham (11-1). The Steers take on 9-3 Midland Greenwood at 7 p.m. at the Mustang Bowl in Sweetwater. It's a Division II Region I-3A semifinal.

"It was a big win for us to beat a team when we were the underdogs," Graham coach Kenny Davidson said. "Midland Greenwood, they've got a good team, too. They're well-coached and fundamentally sound."

A guy who grabbed Davidson's attention on film was Rangers quarterback Kam Williams (6-3, 200, senior). Williams has passed for 2,554 yards and 25 touchdowns. And he carries the load in the run game, too, with 1,271 yards on 175 carries with 21 touchdowns.

Braydin Moreland is second in rushing with 561 yards.

When it comes to the passing game Williams uses everyone. He's connected with 11 different players on touchdown passes this season. Colin Sullivan has a team-high 50 catches.

"They have a tremendous athlete at quarterback," Davidson said. "He's really accurate and can scramble. He can throw going to his left or going to his right.

"And they'll run the speed option. You can't just key on him because he'll pitch it. We have to make sure we contain him with the pass rush. He's really dangerous and will make you pay."

Both teams played and were defeated by Abilene Wylie this year. The No. 2 Bulldogs beat Greenwood 48-20 on Oct. 26 and had previously beaten the Steers 31-7 on Sept. 14. The Rangers also lost to Shallowater, which finished 11-1, and Monahans, which is 8-4 and facing Gatesville in the other regional semifinal.

Davidson said the Graham offensive line played excellent last week, as did all aspects of the offense, and the team punted just twice. Quarterback Ben Davis went 20-of-23 for 207 yards. He's hit 68.8 percent for the year with 2,559 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Running back Dillon Gonzales, a junior, also enjoyed finding holes as he rushed for 176 yards and four touchdowns. He has 1,132 yards and 19 TDs on the year.

"I think we match up really well (on the line)," Davidson said.

They'll be going against a four-man front. Defensive tackle Jody Lively (6-4, 245) and defensive back Zane Helms (6-0, 200) are key players for the Rangers' defense.

HOW THEY GOT HERE

Graham (11-1)def. Mineral Wells, 53-7

def. Brownwood, 28-7

lost to Abilene Wylie, 31-7

def. Breckenridge, 44-0

def. Springtown, 32-28

de. Bridgeport, 54-0

def. Vernon, 34-24

def. Iowa Park, 38-0

def. Hirschi, 47-18

def. Burkburentt, 48-0

def. Lake Worth, 44-7

def. Glen Rose, 42-28Midland Greenwood (9-3)def. Kermit, 40-0

def. Brownfield, 41-0

lost to Shallowater, 49-21

def. SA Lake View, 42-7

def. Lamesa, 77-34

lost to Monahans, 20-13

def. Sweetwater, 31-13

lost to A. Wylie, 48-20

def. Big Spring, 34-20

def. Snyder, 53-39

def. Clint, 51-0

def. Perryton, 35-0

Pigskin Prep says: Graham by 11

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1. Ben Davis, Graham (2,690Yds, 28TDs)
2. Chase London, Rider (2,389Yds, 28TDs)
3. Taylor Thomas, Olney (2,303Yds, 11TDs)
4. Zach Barton, Seymour (2,036Yds, 31TDs)


Rushing:

1. D. J. Thomas, Jacksboro (1,488Yds, 20TDs)
2. Cedric Battle, Hirschi (1,323Yds, 19TDs)
3. Michael Bishop, Electra (1,281Yds, 17TDs)
4. Marquis Askew, Burkburnett (1,254Yds, 8TDs)


Receiving:

1. Davon Allison, Rider (1,366Yds, 14TDs)
2. Bryce Reeves, Graham (1,043Yds, 11TDs)
3. Mike Clark, Olney (910Yds, 5TDs)
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8. Logan Carter, Henrietta (6)
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