Alkwan Williams, a senior wide receiver/linebacker combination for Greater Johnstown High School, is headed to the Steel City this weekend.
"I plan to visit Pitt (this coming weekend) when they play Maine," Williams said.
Williams committed to Pitt over the summer months, and on a hot, humid first Saturday night of September, he and his Johnstown Trojan football team got off to a fast start, routing Altoona (Pa.) Bishop Guilfoyle 41-13 in mercy rule fashion at Mansion Park Stadium.
Johnstown's starters only played in the first half of the game, returning to the sidelines with their game jerseys but no pads for the second half. In one half of action, Williams caught one pass for 13 yards (a second reception, a 15-yard gain, was wiped out by an ineligible receiver downfield penalty) and recorded seven tackles (one solo, six assists) on defense. Johnstown scored the first 41 points of the game, posting six plays of 20 yards or longer in the first 24 minutes.
"It felt good (to play that first game)," Williams said following the game. "It was worth all of the hard work in the off-season."
Defensively, Johnstown was unrelenting against Guilfoyle, holding the purple and gold to just 86 yards of offense in the first half and forcing three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble recovery). Guilfoyle ran for only 40 yards against the Trojans' first-string defensive unit and connected on 3-of-8 passing attempts.
"We got it all together there (on defense)," Williams said.
One opponent down, nine more to go. The Trojans play a 10-game regular season, featuring matchups with opponents like archrival Bishop McCort (Week 7) and defending PIAA AA semifinalist Forest Hills (Week 10) before the District 6 AAA playoffs begin in November. Johnstown is the defending District 6 AAA champion.
An undefeated regular season is among the long-term goals Williams wants to see the team accomplish. He's not the only Trojan player thinking that, either.
"An undefeated regular season is a goal of a lot of our players," Williams said.