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Clarence’s Williams fills role well as athletic defensive guard

Clarence High School football fans enjoyed watching Emaure Williams put to use his immense athletic abilities in a record-setting season as he led the Red Devils to the playoffs.

He may not be the go-to-guy on the basketball court, but he’s still been fun to watch this winter for the Red Devils.

“He brings a lot of athleticism, he’s quick,” Clarence coach Todd Banaszak said. “He’s the best athlete on the floor.”

His athletic ability was already shown on the football field. The junior running back ran for more than 1,100 yards and added nearly 400 more receiving and totaled 22 touchdowns and a school-record 140 total points.

His numbers may not be as amazing in basketball, but the guard has sure been on a roll lately and that shows in the standings. Since Christmas, Williams has averaged 10.7 points per game and most importantly, Clarence has gone 6-1 in that span, winning all three league games.

But his primary contributions come on defense, where his speed creates turnovers, which result in points at the other end for the Red Devils.

“I let my defense carry my offense,” Williams said after scoring a career-high 21 points in a blowout win over rival Lancaster in a mid-January ECIC-I contest. “I’m a key guy for defense, that’s what I try to bring.”

Williams doesn’t need to be too dominant on offense on a Clarence team loaded with offensive threats.

With Bryan Jost and Bobby Florio at guard, Ryan Funk at wing and Tanner Schmit and Luke Craven inside, Williams just needs to play his part.

“We have a lot of different weapons,” Williams said. “We have guys that can shoot, guys that can dunk, guys that can score from everywhere.”

That’s led to good things for the Red Devils, who are making some noise in ECIC-I. The Red Devils moved to 11-3 overall and 5-2 in the league with that win over Lancaster.

And things seem to be getting better and better every game for Clarence.

“We just want to keep doing what we’re doing and try to get a win every time,” Williams said.


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