Springfield, MA (WGGB) — Central Quarterback Cody Williams was involved in a skirmish during Friday night’s high school football game between Central and Chicopee. During the altercation, Williams allegedly punched one of his Pacer opponents. As a result, he was ejected from the game.
In the aftermath, Williams was suspended by the MIAA, for the next two games (vs. East Longmeadow [10/5], @ Longmeadow [10/12]). That is MIAA policy, and there is no appeals process allowed for, under the rules.
Today, the Junior quarterback made the following statement to WGGB:
“I am a role model, and I love to set an example for the younger kids. I did not punch that kid. You can probably tell, I show my deep love and emotions for the game. But I really did not hit him. It’s okay, though. I am just going to learn from this, and gain maturity.”
The second-year starter was ardent in his own defense. But he understands that any appeals process – if an avenue for such even existed – would only jeopardize his fellow teammates. As a result, he and his coaches decided it was in the best interest of the team to forgo any potential appeal.
Williams has been the starter for Central since early in his sophomore season. The Golden Eagles have been one of the top teams in Western Mass in each of the last several seasons, and Williams led the Golden Eagles to the Western Mass Championship game, last season.
“Throwing punches is not my role as a person,” Williams said. “And definitely not as a captain.”
Central is ranked 2nd in Western Mass, and is unbeaten against Western Mass competition. Williams will be eligible to return for Central’s game against Northampton, on Friday, October 19th.
Williams is a Division I prospect, being looked at by schools in top conferences. He made his unofficial visit to Boston College this past weekend, and has an official visit with the Eagles in April.