Last Friday, ESPNBoston.com and its high school staff, officially announced Springfield Central senior quarterback Cody Williams as its Offensive Player of the Year.
Tonight, ESPN Boston High Schools editor Brendan Hall presented Williams with a commemorative jersey following the Golden Eagles' season-opening home basketball contest with Amherst, a 69-47 Central win.
Gathered are Cody and some of his close friends and family:
Presenting our ESPN Boston Offensive Player of the Year, Cody Williams, with his jersey pic.twitter.com/oWycbGrCxO
— Brendan Hall (@BHallESPN) December 19, 2013
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.
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.
Also a starting guard for the Golden Eagles' basketball squad, Williams is part of a rare group of high school athletes to win state championships in two different sports during a calendar year. He played a part in Central capturing the D1 state title in basketball in March 2012, then nine months later led the football squad to the D1 West Super Bowl title.
Williams will continue his football career next fall at Monmouth University.