The 49ers High School Player of the Week Award for week 10 goes to Kyle Williams of Lynbrook High School in San Jose.
Fullback Kyle Williams stepped on the gas in the second quarter and sped to the victory line to help the Lynbrook Vikings claim a 49-35 victory over the Harker Eagles in the last week of the regular season. With 4 touchdowns and 11 tackles as linebacker against Harker, Williams will continue to leave his mark on Lynbrook football history as he prepares for the last game of his high school career.
"We just got a new set of coaches this year and with that came a whole new offensive and defensive system," said Kyle, "We've always struggled, but this staff shows longevity and a mindset of turning this program around. As seniors were trying to be on board and set a foundation to ensure they can do that."
In Friday's matchup against the Eagles, Williams had a 6 yard run to narrow the gap as the Harker Eagles led 20-14 heading into the half. As Kyle and the Vikings returned motivated to take the second half away from Harker, the senior captain scored on a crucial 2 yard drive to give Lynbrook the lead for the second time in the game. His most impressive score came in the 4th quarter when he was able to power to the end zone after a missed block, and with 3 defenders on the 5'9", 175 pound mass of talent.
"He's very motivated and competitive with others as well as himself," said Coach Jim Grassi of his senior captain, "Of that 175 pounds, he is 149 pounds of heart."
Switching roles from fullback to linebacker, Williams was able to record 11 tackles in the game, giving him the title as the team's leader with 83 on the season. Obtaining notable statistics, along with being a vocal leader makes Kyle a well-respected captain by his teammates. These same qualities, a 4.0 GPA, and his active community involvement are what may put him on the roster at West Point in the fall of 2013.
"We will see what happens with football, but I do plan to go to West point and graduate as an officer in the army, and have a career in military intelligence," stated the goal-oriented Williams.
As for now, Kyle is focusing on making an impact and encouraging others to do so as well. Lynbrook football will be forever marked by his legacy of respect, positive work ethic, and perseverance. This legacy will continue its story as Kyle Williams and the Lynbrook Vikings take on league rival Los Altos in their last matchup of the regular season.
"I hope to see this program get better," expressed Williams, "Keep this year's goal of a winning season. Lynbrook needs to continue to shoot big, and titles will follow."
As the home school of 49ers High School Player of the Week, Lynbrook High School will receive a $500 grant for their football program. Williams will receive a 49ers hat and t-shirt, a certificate signed by 49er head coach Jim Harbaugh, two tickets to a 49ers home game and recognition on 49ers.com. At the end of the season, Kyle will be invited to the 49ers Training Facility in Santa Clara, CA to accept a trophy recognizing his achievements.