LAUREL — A late-game interception by cornerback AJ Myers opened the door for Laurel High School’s football team as Ja’Heem Williams scored the game-winning touchdown to lead the Spartans to a stunning 6-0 victory over Charles H. Flowers High School on Sept. 21.
With the win, Laurel (2-1) defeated one of the county’s better team from last season in a defensive effort that left both teams scoreless for the majority of the game.
“I just got to say thank you to my bro Nate (Suber),” said Williams. “He gave me my opportunity; I took advantage of it and made a play in the end zone. Overall, good job to my team as we all just came together to get the win.”
Both teams struggled early offensively to score. Flowers quarterback Amanni Stewart tried several times to throw the ball into the end zone to Jordan Washington and Mekiel Stewart.
However, Spartans cornerback AJ Myers intercepted Stewart three times, opening opportunities for Laurel to score.
“AJ is a baller,” said Spartans Head Coach Michael Mayo. “He always comes up with the big plays so those interceptions were major and that’s just the kind of ball player he is.”
Coming into the game, Myers said the coaching staff drew up a great gameplan for Flowers, which focused on Myers completing plays defensively to give the Spartans good field position to score.
“I just executed and it led me to three interceptions,” said Myers. “I want to thank our defense for sticking in there.”
As Flowers tried to make a run late in the fourth quarter, Myers collected his second interception. However, Laurel could not capitalize as Suber threw an interception of his own to Jason Mitchell give Flowers an chance to break through.
However, the Jaguars would be denied again as Myers picked off his third pass of the contest. Suber quickly found Williams for a 12-yard touchdown pass for the game-winning score.
“We just hanged in there,” said Mayo. “We played some good defense and just gutted it out and took advantage of our opportunities.”
Next week, the Spartans will take on Suitland High School, who is having their own stellar start at 3-0.
“They got some good hitters over there,” said Williams. “Were going to have to open up our playbook, spread it out, we got to do everything to get the win because that’s the goal for our team but it’s going to be a good game.”