Matty Williams is entering his 5th season of semipro fotball action. On Saturday, he lined up at center and helped lead his Electric City Chargers to a 44-7 rout of the NEPA Miners.
Former Honesdale High School and Scranton Eagles standout Matty Williams is back on the gridiron for yet another season of semi-professional football action.
Williams made his 2011 debut Saturday in Naticoke with the Electric City Chargers of the Regional American Football League.
This year’s squad, under the direction of rookie head coach Rich “Mongo” Hall, kicked off the campaign with a 44-7 rout of its archrival...the NEPA Miners.
“I’m ecstatic!”?exclaimed Coach Hall. “It’s a great way to start off the season. In my mind, this win validates us and shows people that we’re a legitimate national championship contender.”
The Chargers now have a week off to savor their win, but it’s back to business af-ter the 4th of July hiatus.
Electric City returns to the field July 9th in Nanticoke for a clash with the Philadelphia Braves. Kick-off for that contest is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Greater Nanticoke Area High.
To say Sunday’s battle featured two teams that don’t like one another would be an understatement.
The Chargers and Miners are both vying for a small, but rabid fanbase in north-eastern PA. More than a few current coaches and players have worn both uniforms...a fact that sometimes leads to animosity.
“It’s a very testy situation,”?said Coach Hall. “Emotions for this game were definitely running high.”
The Miners struck first in this one when Brad Allen recovered a muffed punt and ran it in with 10:35 left in the opening quarter.
From that point on, however, Electric City was...well, electrifying. Over the course of the final three and a half periods, the Chargers reeled off 44 unanswered points.
And, Williams was right in the middle of it all.
“Matty is one of our captains this year,”?said Coach Hall. “He’s an outstanding leader and a great guy. We love having him on the team. Matty will do anything at all to help us win.”
That includes having the confidence and courage to embrace a last-second change in position.
Williams played fullback last year for Electric City, but moved to offensive tackle during the pre-season. Then on Thursday afternoon, he was asked to take over as the Chargers starting center.
“He said yes without a moment’s hesitation,” said Coach Hall. “Playing center is a huge responsibility, but Matty didn’t even blink.”
Williams was the focal point of an offensive line that simply dominated the Miners all game long. Quarterback Tim McFarland threw for 247 yards and four TDs...and wasn’t sacked once.
“That’s a tribute to our O-Line and to Matty,” Coach Hall said. “They did an amazing job.”
Defensively, the Chargers were money, too. Electric City swarmed the Miners’ backfield from its Buddy Ryan “46” set. The home team held the visitors to less than 100 yards in total offense and sacked the quarterback an eye-popping 10 times.
Score by Quarters...
NEPA (0-1) 7 0 0? 0 - 7
ELEC (1-0) 14 7 20 3 - 44