Woodland Hills quarterback Deonte Williams is just a junior. But that does not make him inexperienced.
Williams played a lot as a sophomore in 2019 as Woodland Hills went through a promising yet at the same time frustrating season.
The team’s 3-7 final record is not one that will go down in the annals of Woodland Hills football history. But after a poor three-game stretch to start the season, the level of play at the Wolverina rose significantly.
Williams and the Wolverines lost their next three games to fall to 0-6, but lost those three games to playoff teams and all by four points or less. They then finished with three wins and one loss in the season’s final four weeks.
So there was some optimism in Woodland Hills for the 2020 football season, and a Week 1 drubbing of Connellsville did nothing to slow that down. But the real test of how far the Wolverines had grown came Friday night when they hosted Penn Hills in the resumption of a heated East Hills rivalry after a five-year absence.
Consider that test passed as the Wolverines used stout defense and a strong running game to go with some big plays from Williams in a 26-7 victory.
In fact, according to Woodland Hills AD Coach Tim Bostard, it was the experience of Williams that he gained playing as a sophomore that paid off big-time against Penn Hills.
“Deontae, he’s sort of a special kind of athlete,” Wolverines coach Tim Bostard said. “There’s times that he comes over and he’ll tell you what he sees. He’s a very special player and he’s got some ability and it’s stuff that you can’t coach.”
In the early going to the game, the Woodland Hills offense was having a lot of trouble moving the ball while Penn Hills had two long drives. One of those ended in a blocked field goal and the other end of the day touchdown, giving the visitors a 7-0 lead.
That’s when Williams made his recommendation for a play that broke the Woodland Hills offense free.
“When I got into the rhythm, I seen something on my own,” Williams said. “I told my coach the play was open, let’s run it. We called the play and scored off it. I was just feeling like I could do it.”
Williams scored on a designed run and the Wolverines offense never slowed down after that. Williams is starting to get some attention as one of the top local recruits in the Class of 2022, and racking up big wins like Friday night’s is certainly not going to slow that momentum down.
“It’s just going to have to be a big game every week now,” Williams said. “We got our rivalry win. It’s time to act like this every week.’