TULSA, Okla. - In the end, University of Arkansas recruiting target Terrell Williams got a chance to celebrate.
Williams (6-4, 220) was in on a fourth-down sack in overtime that helped secure Union's 24-17 win over arch-rival Jenks Friday night in the Midfirst Backyard Bowl before 12,000 fans at Union-Tuttle Stadium.
That sack set off pandemonium and signaled the end of the match-up between two powerhouse teams that have won the past dozen Class 6A state titles in Oklahoma.
"This was by far the biggest game of my life," said Williams, who came at the Redskins from defensive end, linebacker and even safety on the night. "It feels great to get the win."
The sack – one of his 10 tackles on the night - came on the last play of the game and came after Jenks had rallied from a 17-3 deficit to force the overtime.
"They are very good and you can't ever stop playing," Williams said. "We had a lot of adversity there at the end, but came through with the win."
What made the win even more exciting for Williams is that he had not tasted victory in his last five games.
His team lost the last four games last season at Edison while playing quarterback and wideout before transferring back to Union and having it lose its opener to Broken Arrow.
"It was so exciting," Williams said. "It feels great, especially since I haven't won a game in a long time. I was with my other team and I loved them, but just to be out here with some of my best friends and to be back home feels great."
Williams' versatility had him rushing from defensive end, splitting out to cover a tight end and even settling in the secondary and delivering big hits.
"It's been fun," Williams said. "I play a little defensive end, linebacker and even some strong safety depending on the offensive formation. It's a versatile position and I enjoy playing it."
Union head coach Kirk Fridrich said it's been a joy to coach Wiliams.
"We are excited about what Terrell has done for us," Fridrich said. "He is obviously a great athlete and he is starting to figure out how to play defense after mostly being an offensive player.
"We really like the passion and emotion that he brings to the game," Fridrich added. "He is a lot of fun to coach and gets the other kids very excited."
Union and Jenks could meet again in the state finals – a place Williams expects his team to be at the end of the season.
"You have a lot to live up to," Williams said. "Everybody expects us to win so we have to stand and deliver. We have great facilities, great coaches and one of the best programs in the state."
Arkansas is heading up the pack when it comes to Williams' recruiting – in large part because of Razorback assistant and Tulsa native Garrick McGee.
"I love Arkansas and I love Coach McGee, who is my recruiting coach," Williams said. "They are definitely up top with me and very high on my list right now."
He has plans to see an Arkansas game in the near future.
"I plan on going either to the Alabama or Florida game," Williams said. "Both of those would be great games to see."
Ole Miss, Kansas State, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Stanford and Oklahoma State are other schools among 14 that have offered Williams, who also sports a 3.9 grade point average.
"I don't plan on committing any time soon," Williams said. "I want to take some visits. While Arkansas is my love, I have a lot of offers from big-time schools and just want to check things out at some places."
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