The Clarksdale Wildcats played an overmatched team of Tigers from Jefferson County, Mississippi, Saturday night with Dandy Dozen Darren Williams making his debut at quarterback.

Williams quickly demonstrated why he is one of the most highly recruited seniors in the country. In essentially the first half of play, Williams rushed for 163 yards and 3 touchdowns and passed for another.

Williams first touchdown - and only passing touchdown - came early in the 1st quarter when he teamed with his split end for a 31-yard touchdown strike. His second touchdown, a 78-yarder, came on a quarterback keeper when he followed his fullback into a hole off left tackle on Jefferson County's 22-yard line. In the second quarter he added to his touchdown total by faking to his halfback on Jefferson County's 23-yard line and running a bootleg around the opposite end for 77 yards. It became obvious very quickly on both of his long runs that there was no one on the opposing team that had enough speed to challenge him. He passed at least two cornerbacks as he broke free on his second long run and lengthen his lead as he ran to the end zone. His last touchdown came off a five-yard run around right end that included some nifty moves to avoid a tackler at the goal line. In addition to all of this, he had a 60-yard punt return called back.

Leading by a score of 35 to 0 at halftime, Darren saw limited action to begin the second half and then was pulled for the rest of the game.

Williams opening game of his senior year and his debut at quarterback was an obvious success as evidenced by the final score of the game; Clarksdale 48, Jefferson County 0.

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