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Williamson's defense came up big in their 12-10 victory over Jersey Coast
Football - Sat, Sep. 9, 2017
 

With Williamson clinging to a 12-10 lead with three minutes left to play and Jersey Coast on the move, the Mechanics needed a big play to try to hold on for the victory.  Freshman Jack Gibson (FR/Rutledge, PA), who already had an interception earlier in the game, was happy to oblige as he stepped in front of a Trevon Blakey pass to give Williamson what appeared to be a game-saving interception.

With Gibson didn't know then was that he would have to head back onto the field and try to do it again, as Williamson improbably fumbled the ball back to Jersey Coast with 1:24 left in the game.  Undaunted, Gibson did just that as he picked off his third pass of the game to finally seal the victory for Williamson, 12-10, in the season opener for both teams.  

Gibson's three interceptions in a game tied the school record set by Jim Sharkey and Kevin Anderson back in 1992, Shane Coyle in 2008 and tied again by Brandon Williams in 2015.  What makes it even more special with what Gibson did was that it was his very first collegiate game!

With nine new starters on offense and trailing 10-0 in the second half, victory seemed out of reach for Williamson as time was running down in the third quarter.  It was then that Gibson picked off his first pass of the day at the Jersey Coast 40-yard line  That jump-started the Williamson offense, which struggled most of the day, as they went on a 10-play, 40-yard drive capped off by a Vince DelPercio (JR/Middletown, DE) 6- yard TD run to pull to within 10-6.  Interestingly, Williamson, who did not make a single third down conversion on the day, was two for two on fourth down conversions on that drive.   

After a quick thee and out series for Jersey Coast, Williamson took their first lead of the day on a beautiful 36-yard TD reception by Darnell Wideman (FR/Chester, PA) from DelPercio.   Williamson missed the extra-point but Williamson's defense made sure it would not matter as they continually smothered the Jaguar offense the rest of the way to move to 1-0 on the year.

"We are an extremely young team, especially on offense," stated an elated Williamson head coach Dan Drake.  We lost 15 starters to graduation.  We have nine new starters on offense so we knew it would take some time for things to gel.  We needed our defense to help us out and they did so, big-time, today!"

It was indeed quite an effort for the Williamson defense, especially in the second half.  They forced four   second half turnovers and held Jersey Coast to under 80 yards of offense in the second half.

In addition to Gibson, there were multiple other standouts who helped ice the win.  Davonte Whittley led Williamson with seven tackles, including two for loss.  He also had a sack and a quarterback hurry.  Michael Shanahan (SR/Glenolden, PA) had six tackles, including two for loss, and blocked a punt.  Gino DiCamillo (JR/Broomall. PA) and Patrick Shoup (SR/West Chester, PA) each added five tackles apiece. 

On offense, Williamson was led by freshman David Williams (FR/Philadelphia, PA), who had 38 yards rushing, while Andrew Hicks (SR/Dear, DE) had 36.  DelPercio added 97 yards through the air.

"We are young so we know we have a lot of work to do but you saw what our guys are made of out there today.  When we feel behind 10-0, no one panicked, and no one starting pointing fingers.  We hung in there together as a team and fought and won it as a team.  It was a total team win.  That is what Williamson football is all about," closed Drake.

Williamson hosts Gattaca College next Saturday, September 16 at 1:00 P.M.