Xavier Williams was asked the last time he had a game like he had on Friday night. He just smiled, laughed and shrugged his shoulders.
Giving an answer to the question was about the only thing Williams didn’t do as the all-purpose receiver, defensive back and returner for Chaminade-Madonna was virtually everywhere on Friday night.
In a game that featured two of Broward County’s top small-school private programs, Williams led the Lions to a shockingly easy 40-7 rout of host University, ruining the night for a big homecoming crowd.
Williams picked off two passes as a defensive back, returned a punt 85 yards for a score in the third quarter and wrapped things up by reeling in a 34-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Cole Stealy to finish the night with three catches for 101 yards.
“I was just happy to do my part tonight. This game here tonight was a statement game for us and we definitely made a statement,” said Williams. “I just try to go out and do my best every week and I’m just really proud of myself for being able to help my team out tonight.”
Even though there were no playoff implications because the teams reside in different classifications, the win was a big one for the Lions (6-1) who were smarting after a key district loss to Westminster Christian a few weeks ago, which cost them the district title.
“I thought that coming off the loss to Westminster where we thought going into the game we would be great but weren’t, we just got back to the basics in practice and put in a really good game plan this week,” said first-year Chaminade coach Jason Milgrom. “We thought we were more physical up front tonight and we were able to run the ball really well. And then Cole [Stealy] did a great job through the air to give us a balanced attack.”
Stealy wound up completing 11 of 15 passes for 183 yards and one touchdown, while running back Shaun Shivers led the way on the ground for 125 yards and two scores on 16 carries.
“This was a great team win tonight because we really needed to bounce back from that tough loss to Westminster,” Stealy said. “We just knew how hard we needed to go into this game team and a big shout out to everyone from the coaches all the way down. This was a complete team win.”
The Lions jumped out in front late in the first quarter when they put together a 10-play, 80-yard drive that included two third-down conversions with Shivers finishing things off with a 16-yard jaunt up the middle.
Chaminade made it 14-0 when, following the first of two interceptions by Williams, Stealy connected with him for a 54-yard bomb on third-and-10, setting the Lions up at the Sharks nine. Keyondre White went up the middle for a score on the next play.
After University put up what would be it’s only score of the night when, on fourth-and-goal, quarterback Henry Columbi rolled right and scored from four yards out, the Lions had a quick answer when they drove 80 yards in eight plays, White going over from seven yards out 51 seconds before the half.