Le Grand scores 54, overpowers Delhi

Williams scores four TDs in win

sjansen@mercedsunstar.comOctober 6, 2013 

Le Grand High beat Delhi in a Southern League game on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. (Sean Lynch/slynch@modbee.com)

MERCED SUN-STAR

— Christian Williams walked the Le Grand sideline early in the second quarter as he tried to catch his breath.

The rest of the night for the Bulldogs junior was a blur.

Williams put on a show as he returned two punts for touchdowns, returned a kickoff for a score and added a 63-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage as Le Grand blew out Delhi 54-14 Friday night at Joseph Fontes and Richard Geary Stadium.

"As soon as I get the ball I try to put it in the end zone," Williams said. "Our coaches make special teams a big part of our game. We try to do our best to score out there."

It didn't take long for Williams to make an impact as he came in motion from his receiver position and took and handoff and raced up the left sideline for an easy 63-yard touchdown.

"I got a great block from Tank (Cristian Nava)," Williams said. "From there I just took it."

It wasn't long before the ball was back in Williams' hands.

The Bulldogs (5-0 overall, 2-0 Southern League) forced a three-and-out on Delhi's first possession.

Williams received a punt and followed his blockers to the right sideline and cruised into the end zone for a 55-yard punt return.

He later helped answer Delhi's first touchdown when he returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter.

His 68-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second half was his sixth return of a punt, kickoff or interception for a score this year.

"That's a big part of our game," said Le Grand head coach Rick Martinez. "What did we have, three special teams touchdowns tonight? That's always big. We work hard on our special teams. It's become a privilege to play special teams for our guys."

Not to be outdone, Le Grand running back Ryan Martinez finished with 138 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries.

Martinez had touchdown runs of 1, 31, 7 and 1 yards.

Delhi had its moments. The Hawks (3-2, 0-2) ran for 297 yards, including 138 yards on the ground by quarterback Garret Thomas.

Thomas broke free for an 82-yard touchdown run to start the second half.

However, the Bulldogs were never threatened after jumping out to a 27-0 lead early in the second quarter.

"We're hitting on all cylinders right now," Rick Martinez said. "Our biggest enemy is ourselves. If we keep practicing and putting the work we need to do, good things will happen for us."

Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or sjansen@mercedsunstar.com.

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