“It is an honor being Player of the Week,” Williamson said. “I have to give all the credit to the o-line and the wide receivers for making plays. I would never have that many yards throwing the ball if they wouldn’t have caught them and went up the sideline and got more yards after taking hits. My o-line is doing a great job this year. Pap (Damurian Wills) has been blocking like crazy for me. It is an honor being Player of the Week.
Williamson did all of his damage in the first half of the Panthers blowout victory on senior night. The first-year quarterback was efficient throwing the football as he went 23-29 passing for 186 yards.
“We are proud of him,” Pell City head coach Brooks Dampeer said. “They gave us numbers to throw it; they had seven guys in the box. He did a good job of throwing the football. We did a good job of catching the ball. In the future we hope that some of those get in the end zone. It is about taking what they give us; we don’t mind throwing it if that what you give us.”
Williamson also showed his versatility as rushed for 50 yards and two touchdowns.
“I like to run the ball,” Williamson said. “Running is one of my favorite things.”
Pell City enters Friday’s game against archrival Oxford looking to clinch a playoff berth for the second straight season. On the season, the Panthers have a 5-3 overall record and are 4-2 in Class 6A Region 7 play.
“The season is going pretty well,” Williamson said. “We need to win this Friday to get in the playoffs. We’ve had a few tough games where we didn’t finish in the second half and that is all we are trying to do this week. We are trying to get to the fourth quarter and dominate and finish. I feel like we have had a pretty successful year all around.”
“Everybody talks about this game, even the people that don’t play football,” he said. “The people in the band have said that we need to beat Oxford, so I can say we beat Oxford my senior year. Oxford is fired up about it. Social media is blowing up; there is stuff all over Twitter. My phone number got posted all over Oxford High School. I have been getting texts and calls all week saying that they are going to blow me up on Friday. I plan on turning my phone off on Friday. It’s funny, they don’t like me up there and I understand. It doesn’t bother me and I am not going to let that get to me. I am just getting ready to play on Friday for the people that don’t get the chance to play Oxford.”
Williamson has been playing football since he was in middle school. He said he tries to mold his game like last years’s Heisman Trophy winner and the most electrifying figure in college football Johnny Football.
“I like the way that Johnny Manziel plays,” Williamson said. “I don’t like all of his actions off the field, but I like the way he plays. I like the way he makes something happen when things aren’t there. A little nickname that they call me on the football team, they call me Jackson Johnny Williamson. I like the way he plays and I try to get myself to play like him, but act better than he has shown.”
Williamson and the Pell City Panthers take on Oxford on Friday.