Brandt Williams is a football stub at Father Lopez Catholic High School. He’s been a starter on the football team since his freshman year.
Although Williams has a busy school and football schedule, he still finds time to volunteer during the spring with Daytona’s 8-on-8 youth football league. Williams lends his football knowledge to the kids, developing their techniques and helping them handle tough losses.
“I’ve been playing football all my life, and I love to be around the game,” Williams said.
Williams has a little brother, Andrew Plummer, who also plays in the league that he volunteers with.
“I like the fact that he’s playing football and staying out of trouble,” he said. “We play the same position, so I’m always telling him what he did right and wrong on certain plays.”
Whenever his brother’s team experiences a tough loss, Williams says that he tells them to use their loss as a means to make the team stronger.
During his freshman season in 2012, when the Green Wave was 3-0, Williams suffered a season-ending collarbone injury that sidelined him the remainder of the year.
“It was really disappointing,” Williams said. “The coaches and I thought it would only have me out for 2-3 weeks, but it turned out to be the entire year.”
After recovering from his injury, Williams began to work on his game, and he returned back to the field, where he has continued to perform at a high level.
“Williams is a high-energy, high-character guy, coach Jason Dunlap said. “He’s the one who makes plays for us. When we didn’t have anything going in the game, we just put him at quarterback and ran the ball.” Williams rushed for 100 yards in Father Lopez’s loss against Maclay on Friday, Oct. 17.
“Everyone on the team respects and loves him,” Dunlap said. “It’s a joy to watch him on and off the field.”
BOX: Father Lopez loses homecoming to Maclay
Father Lopez’s (3-4, 1-1) offense took too long to get into the game, and the Green Wave was defeated by the Maclay Marauders 17-14 Friday, Oct. 17, at Alumni Stadium.
The Green Wave’s offense didn’t cross the 50-yard line until the third quarter, and they fumbled doing so. They gave up the ball three times to the Marauders, fumbling twice and throwing an interception in the fourth quarter.
Father Lopez managed to score on two touchdowns in the last eight minutes of the game, both 10 yard runs by Brandt Williams. On both drives, Williams did most of the work on the ground. The Green Wave threw the ball just once on the two scoring drives, which led to the draining of the clock at the end of the game.
Father Lopez’s defense, on the other hand, played exceptional. They sacked Maclay’s quarterback an astounding 11 times. Those who contributed to their sack total were: Hogan Wilder, Micah Mirino, C.J Williams (3), Roman Mack (4) who also had a fumble recovery, Zach Polans and Juwan Ross.
“The defense was phenomenal,” Dunlap added. “John Cheney does a good job with those boys. They spent too much time on the field. Too many dropped passes killed us tonight.”
Father Lopez will play Seffner Christian Friday, Oct. 24, at Alumni Stadium.
The 2014 Father Lopez homecoming court were seniors Adelina Feuerbacher and Michael Cain.