Williams gets a little closer to home

Former Rockdale star P.J. Williams has moved a little cloer to home, taking a coaching position at Holland, according to mother Robbie.

Williams, who now lives in Temple, spent a year at Sealy in his first coaching stop and will be the head baseball coach for the Hornets, his first love.

For those unfamiliar with Williams’ exploits while wearing the Blue and Gold, he was a five-sport star for the Tigers who made two appearances at the state track meet, winning five medals, including three golds.

At the 1995 meet, he captured four medals, including two golds.

He also led the Tigers hoop squad to the 1995 state basketball tournament.

He held most of the Tiger receiving records until broken by 2010 graduate Joe Sanders.

After playing baseball in the minor leagues for several years, Williams returned to college at Mary Hardin Baylor where he helped jump start the program and earned All- American honors as a kick return man.

January January The Holland football team is struggling at 1-5, but just picked up its first victory of the year with a 56-6 win over Snook.

Holland hosts Milano this Friday.

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Another former Tiger standout, Austin January, is finishing off his career at Abilene Christian with a flurry.

January has 11 tackles and one sack so far for the No. 5 ranked Wildcats.

January and the Wildcats just played in a key Division II game against No. 8 Midwestern in which Abilene Christian held off the Mustangs 31-28, which will go a long way in determining playoff positions at the conclusion of the season.

The Midwestern roster contains another Rockdale standout, quarterback Joe Sanders who has been impressing coaches with his outstanding work on the scout team.

January has been the part of a great run by the Wildcats. In the past three years, they have gone 29-7 with three straight trip to the national playoffs, including the school’s very first unbeaten regular season.

January, a first-team All- State selection in 2005 off a 3-7 Tiger team, has changed slightly since he graduated. He now holds 285 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame, up from 220 in high school when he was described as having a “constant motor”.

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Recent RHS graduate Emily Ammon is running cross country for Southwestern in Georgetown where she is a kinesiology and pre-med student.

Ammon is one of 11 freshmen on the team and she is coached by track legend Francie Larrieu Smith, who set 12 world records in long distance running and competed in two Olympics.

Smith is in her 12th season as Pirate track and field coach.

Ammon—a regional qualifier in track last season at RHS and was also a volleyball letterman— has a best effort so far of 17:56 came at the Baylor Twilight Invite, which includes over 200 runners.

The 5ive

Here are the state of Texas’ longest losing streaks in football:

1. 80—Houston Davis (1986- 1993) National Record

2. 53—Kountze (1977-1982

3. 50—San Antonio Burbank (1989-1993)

4. 43—Asherton (1967-1971)

5. 42—New Caney (1983- 1987)

6. 40—Madisonville (1962- 1966)


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