Mustang Heart

Facing a big-time deficit at halftime to archrival Pulaski Academy, CAC's David Williams (6-3, 245) and Joseph Adams (6-1, 175) helped rally their team back into a tie game only to suffer a heartbreaking loss when two tipped passes don't go their way.

LITTLE ROCK – David Williams and his Central Arkansas Christian teammates left Mustang Mountain with a rare home loss on Friday night, but they also learned a lot about themselves.

The most important of those things being that when all looks bleak, the Mustangs won't roll over.

There sure was the potential for that when Pulaski Academy scored late to take a 28-7 lead into halftime.

Fast forward to the fourth quarter and CAC roared back to tie it 28-28 – only to fall 36-34 when the Bruins scored on a fourth and goal from the 14 on a tipped pass that senior Brian Langford (who has 25 catches already this season) hauled in.

"A whole lot of hitting went down and we refused to lay down," Williams said. "They are a great team, but we have a lot inside of us and we'll be better at the end of the year because of the heart we showed tonight."

Williams (6-3, 245), who has his college choice down to Arkansas and Oklahoma State and played in front of coaches from both of those schools on Friday night, has garnered most of his attention for his play as a tight end, but was more of a force on defense against Pulaski Academy,

While he had 3 catches for 35 yards, Williams made his mark with 9 tackles on defense with three of those being sacks of Pulaski Academy quarterback Stefan Loucks, a Texas Tech commitment who passed for over 330 yards.

Only the long arm of 6-4 junior wideout/safety Cruz Williams – who had 4 catches for 93 yards – kept the game from being deadlocked again at 36-36 when he knocked a pass away that was headed for Williams on a two-conversion.

"He is an awesome player," CAC wideout Joseph Adams said of Williams. "When he gets the ball it is hard to stop him and if you have it, you don't want him coming after you."

Adams (6-1, 175), a junior transfer from Little Rock Parkview, was also a force on Friday night while scoring three touchdowns with 5 rushes for 120 yards, 2 catches for 46 yards and a kickoff return for a score that was negated because of a penalty.

He certainly got the attention of Pulaski Academy star running back and USC commit Broderick Green, who had over 150 yards rushing and was a key in handing the Mustangs their first home loss in three-plus years.

"All I could think about when he was doing all that was (former USC star) Reggie Bush," said Green, who reiterated again his absolutely solid in his commitment to the Trojans. "He was incredible."

Williams, who noticed UA assistants Danny Nutt and James Shibest on hand, loves having Adams on his team.

"He brings the element of speed on the edge that we did not have last season," Williams said. "He is a great player, a team player and I love having him around."

On a night when Adams ran 50 yards for a score and caught a 29-yard touchdown pass to bring his team all the way back, his most spectacular play was a hook and lateral play that went 60 yards for a score.

There were several different Bruins who had an angle on him, but he raced away from them all and went into the end zone untouched.

"We worked on it in practice and said we were going to run it only one time in this game," Adams said. "We picked the perfect time."

While only a junior, Adams is already getting interest from Arkansas, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech.

He has been to several UA camps in the past.

"I think they are going to get a lot better this year if they keep working hard," Adams said. "I have always really liked them."

Adams said he just wishes the game had been a little longer or his team would have got jumper started earlier.

"We could have won this game if we hadn't run out of time, but then again we should have come out harder in the first half," Adams said.

That was a sentiment shared by Williams.

"We just have to put a whole game together," Williams said. "In the first half, we stunk really bad. The second half we came together. Got to put two of those halves together now."

Williams was on hand for the Razorbacks' season-opening defeat to USC last Saturday, a close game at halftime that turned into a 50-14 loss.

""The crowd was great and it was pretty much what I expected and a very exciting atmosphere," Williams said. "Even though we (Arkansas) didn't win, I was very impressed with the new offense and what they were trying to do.

"I think when (freshman quarterback Mitch) Mitch came in it got everybody really excited again and the offense is really going to take off now," Williams added. "I'm excited about what they are getting going up there."

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