WARMINSTER, Pa. - Read the instructions on a bottle of shampoo - usually, they are simple: 1.) Lather. 2.) Rinse. 3.) Repeat if desired. When it came to West Philadelphia Catholic High School's game plan for its Week 2 matchup with powerful Philadelphia Catholic League AAA power Archibshop Wood, the Burrs employed an attack similar to the lather-rinse-repeat method.
Only the blue and white kept repeatedly feeding their featured tailback, junior David Williams, the pigskin on play after play after play.
Six times did the Burrs' highly regarded back see a carry on West's initial 14-play drive, and, by halftime, he was up to 15 totes. When the dust settled on the battle at William Tennett High School, Williams finished with 32 carries for 211 yards, but West had been shut out, 28-0, by Wood.
"I knew that I would be getting a lot of carries coming into the game," Williams said (head coach Brian Fluck said postgame it was by design to give Williams between 30-40 carries and control the clock). "The scoreboard was deceiving. We didn't get blown out - we just didn't capitalize on our opportunities."
Four times did West Catholic move the ball into Wood territory - three times the possession ended in a turnover on downs. The fourth time ended with a lost fumble at the Wood seven yard line and led to the Vikings' second touchdown of the night - a long 52-yard touchdown pass from Joey Monaghan to Nate Smith.
For the season, Williams has accounted for 51 of the Burrs' 78 rushing attempts and leads the team with 330 yards and has scored the team's only touchdown. When you consider who the Burrs have faced thus far - traditional PCL AAAA power Philadelphia Roman Catholic (the alma mater of former Indianapolis Colts' receiver Marvin Harrison) in Week 1, Archbishop Wood (84-20 overall since the start of the 2003 season) in Week 2 and a Week 3 date with two-time PIAA AAAA state finalist La Salle College High School (37-7 overall since the start of the 2009 season), and its understandable why the Burrs are off to an 0-2 start, as few AA schools in the state schedule such a murderers' row of non-league opponents.
"We play the toughest schedule in the PCL," Williams said. "We're proud of that."
The WC back is still situated at seven verbal scholarship offers - Connecticut, Maryland, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Temple and Virginia - with the Fighting Irish being the most recent offer, landed before the start of his junior season.
Williams said he is making his rounds to Division-1 programs during the season.
"I just got back from the Maryland-Miami (FL) game (in College Park)," Williams said. "I also plan on attending the Rutgers-West Virginia game and the Pitt-Notre Dame game."
And as the Burrs' season progresses, Williams knows he'll still be shouldering the bulk of the workload.
"My mentor - Curtis Brinkley (former West back who ran for a school-record 7,413 yards and spent some time with the San Diego Chargers) - he bore the brunt of the workload when he played here," Williams said. "He's helped to get me ready (for the increased workload)."