Defeating Turner County, Ga., High School in the finals after coming back from two touchdowns behind, Peachtree Ridge had something to celebrate on a very hot day on the Plains.
While LSU commitment Kevin Minter got much of the press for Peachtree Ridge coming into the two days, it was wide receiver Mitchell Williford who stole the show. The 6-4, 190 receiver/safety was a dominant force for the Lions the entire two days and he says his team worked hard to win this time around.
"It's real competitive every year," Williford says of the team competition. "Last year we made it to the semi-finals and lost. This year we wanted to come in and not get let down after a big win. We took care of the smaller things. We took care of our bodies and got a lot of hydration. We kept going until the end."
Williford goes for big yardage in the championship game.
While he talks about taking care of their bodies, Williford had little regard for his own safety as he dove for footballs in every game and had scrapes and burns on several areas of his body. In the championship game he went up to make a play on defense and collided with a teammate, leaving him with a bump on the head. He says that's just part of the game.
"Coach Knox (Auburn receivers coach Greg Knox) was saying that we don't get a trophy, but I'll have something to remember it by," the receiver says.
Going into his second season as a starter for Peachtree Ridge, Williford had a solid junior season in 2007 with 24 receptions playing on a loaded team. He also played some defense as a safety and saw time in the nickel package as a sophomore. When asked to describe his game, he says it's all about making plays.
"I can go down the field and be a home run threat," Williford says. "My strength is breaking off my routes, running really clean routes and timing routes with our quarterback. I'm really good at going up and getting the ball in the end zone."
Reporting a personal best 40-yard dash time of 4.62 seconds, Williford isn't going to be mistaken for a burner, but is a pure receiver who can flourish in today's world of spread offenses. Because of that he says he's hearing from several colleges at the moment, but is still waiting on his first offer.
"I was hoping to show out at the camp," he adds. "They said they like me a lot, but I'm going to come back down for the senior camp in July. I think I helped myself a lot at the camp."