St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio) coach Dan Boarman wasn’t sure what he had in Parris Campbell Jr. and Newman Williams to start the season. After Saturday’s 42-21 Division III state championship win over Bellevue, he knows he’s got speed and power coming back with the two Division I prospects.
Campbell rushed for 165 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 14-carry afternoon. Williams was the topic of discussion long after the game was over, as he had 2 touchdowns on three carries with 51 yards rushing, including one incredible fake punt rumble.
“It’s a speed/power thing,” Campbell said. “It’s a two-headed monster. I’m lucky enough to have the speed. You definitely saw the power from Newman. It’s a great thing to have.”
The power from Newman came on an incredible run even LeBron James tweeted about. On fourth-and-7 from the Bellevue 41, Boarman called a fake punt. Williams bulled his way to the 10, broke four tackles and carried a Redmen defender 5 yards for the score.
“I didn’t think he’d break all those tackles,” Campbell said. “He trucked ’em and took them into the end zone. He’s a tank.”
The good news for the Fighting Irish is the tank and the torpedo will be back next season. There’s no doubt foes will have film. Stopping them, however, is another story.
“We haven’t had to rely on one person this season,” Boarman said. “Today showed that. We’ve had that all year. We’ve been able to run the ball when we had to.”