The prep fans of Louisiana have spoken, and they have voted Anthony ‘Pooka’ Williams as the greatest running back ever to play high school football in the state.
In the championship matchup, Williams, one of four top seeds in our 32-player Bracket Challenge, defeated second-seeded Kenny Hilliard by 457 votes with a total of 1,699 votes being cast across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as they were for all rounds across social media.
Along the way, the running back champion also defeated Covington’s Devin Brumfield, West St. John’s Patrick Jackson University’s Nick Brossette and St. Augustine’s Leonard Fournette.
Williams, who played his senior season in 2017, collected more than 6,000 total offensive yards with 72 touchdowns.
Clearly, he saved his best for last, rushing for 3,128 yards in 15 games as a senior, making it all the way to the Class 5A state championship game. Over five games in the playoffs, he averaged almost 300 yards per game, rushing for 1,403 yards with 14 touchdowns.
VSN Louisiana’s Bracket Challenge next shifts to the best quarterbacks ever to don a prep uniform in the state, including the likes of Newman’s Peyton Manning and Eli Manning, Evangel’s Brock Berlin, Josh Booty and Phillip Deas, Shaw’s Mickey Joseph, John Fourcade and Shyrone Carey and others.
The 32-player challenge, which includes two “write-ins” from fans across the state begins with the release of the bracket on Sunday, April 26. The voting will begin across three social media platforms on Monday.