New Castle News


November 9, 2012

WPIAL Playoffs: Preview of Union vs. Sto-Rox



Lenny Williams, a 6-foot, 190-pound junior quarterback, paces the Sto-Rox offense. Williams is 89 of 154 for 1,662 yards with 19 touchdowns. He has 701 rushing yards as well on 92 attempts with nine scores.

“He’ll go down as one of the better players I’ll coach against,” Robinson said of Williams. “He’s dangerous from the time the ball is snapped until the whistle blows; he does just about everything for them and does it all very well.

“He has a strong arm. A stronger arm than most kids have. He gets it out quickly. The way he gets it out with such velocity, the ball is in the receivers hands so quickly.”

Bradley said some Mid-American Conference schools have shown interest in Williams.

Brendan Blair, a 6-foot, 185-pound junior running back, leads Sto-Rox in rushing with 628 yards on 86 attempts and 16 touchdowns.

“He’s a good, physical football player,” Robinson said of Blair. “He’s just another cog in the wheel for them.”

Ben Shackelford, a 5-9, 165-pound senior wide receiver, leads the Vikings with 32 receptions for 600 yards and eight touchdowns. Javelle Kirkland, a 5-6, 140-pound sophomore wide receiver, is next with 14 catches for 445 yards and seven scores.

“They’ve got a talented group of guys throughout their lineup; they can stretch the defense,” Robinson said. “If they see Lenny is in trouble and scrambling, they’re coached well enough to do the scramble drill and get open.

“Shackelford is a talented kid with speed. Kirkland is another piece of the puzzle. You can’t focus on just one guy.”

Both teams committed three turnovers in the first matchup. But Robinson knows his team will have to clean that up to have a shot at moving on.

“We’ll have to play mistake-free football and capitalize on each opportunity,” Robinson said. “We can’t have missed assignments.”

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