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Trib HS Insider Q&A: Sto-Rox's Lenny Williams

Kevin Gorman
| Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams fends off OLSH's Adam LaCaria on a long run during the first half Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 in Stowe.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Christopher Horner
Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams fends off OLSH's Adam LaCaria on a long run during the first half Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 in Stowe. Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Christopher Horner
Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams. Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review

Lenny Williams is the latest in a long line of talented quarterbacks at Sto-Rox, following in the footsteps of 1978 Heisman Trophy runner-up Chuck Fusina, Parade All-American Jody Dickerson, two-time Tribune-Review Athlete of the Year Adam DiMichele and U.S. Army All-American Paul Jones.

The 6-foot, 190-pound junior, a starter since his freshman year, has eclipsed 4,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing in his career. He threw for 216 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 224 in a 35-31 victory over previously undefeated Northgate on Friday.

Williams hopes to lead the Vikings (4-1) back to the WPIAL Class A final after a 42-6 loss to Clairton last fall.

Q: Do you feel pressure about playing the position, given the legacy of great quarterbacks at Sto-Rox?

A: It just means I've got some big shoes to fill. The people in front of me did that good, so I'm trying to get in their category. It's big shoes to fill, but I feel I can do it.

Q: Did you ever play any other positions?

A: A lot of people don't know this, but coming into my freshman year, I was going to play receiver. We only had one quarterback. Jordan Latimer got hurt, so I had to step in. I love the game and would do whatever I needed to help my team. I was just young. I had the ability, just not the experience.

Q: How have you evolved?

A: I think a lot. I make smarter choices, knowing when to tuck it and run. I've gotten better footwork and see the field better with my eyes. I'm not great at it, but I've improved.

Q: Which way are you more dangerous, by run or pass?

A: Honestly, just because I can run and like to run — I like to pass, too — it's easier for me to do more with my legs. If I have to pass, I can throw the ball. Running is easier.

Q: How do WPIAL Class A schools view Clairton?

A: You have to give them their respect. They have a streak going on that's unheard of. When we're on the field, I don't look at a team that has this win streak. They're just a team we've got to beat.

Q: If anyone were to beat Clairton, why would Sto-Rox have a shot?

A: We've got a lot of players that love to play the game. Once we get our chemistry on the same page and on a championship level, being able to go the whole game without taking plays off — that's what they do — I think we could definitely give them a run.

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