ESPNBoston.com and its high schools section announce that Cody Williams, senior quarterback of the Springfield Central High School Golden Eagles, is the recipient of this year's Offensive Player of the Year award.
The Offensive Player of the Year award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents, as well as analysts from Scouts Inc. Williams will be presented with the award at a later date, yet to be determined.
Williams joins Catholic Memorial's Armani Reeves (2011) and Barnstable's Nick Peabody (2012) among past recipients in the award's three-year history.
Williams leaves Central as one of the winningest quarterbacks in school history, with a career 29-5 win-loss record as a starter, winner of a Super Bowl championship and two consecutive district titles. For his career, operating a pro-style offense under head coach Valdamar Brower, he completed 63 percent of his passes for 5,275 yards, 60 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, adding 18 rushing touchdowns as well.
This fall the 6-foot-3, 175-pound Williams led the Golden Eagles on an unprecedented run through Western Mass. After nearly upsetting three-time defending D1 Super Bowl champ Everett in Week 1, the Eagles scorched through their own district, outscoring Western Mass. opponents with a 30.2 average margin of victory. On the season, he completed 113 of 170 passes for 2,199 yards and 25 touchdowns to just five interceptions, and also added 548 yards and 11 scores on the ground.
Next fall, Williams will continue his career at Monmouth University.