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Athlete of the Week: Central’s Cody Williams

Springfield, Mass — So you know when you’re playing sports as a kid in the backyard, you get a comradery with your siblings and know their each and every move? For Central Quarterback Cody Williams and his family, the success in the backyard has transitioned seamlessly on the football field, paying dividends for his teams.

“It’s everything. It’s trust. It’s cool to have pretty much your brothers on the team with you,” Williams said, “It’s like you’re home but you’re here in school with them and on the field with them all the time and there’s just great chemistry.”

Williams is one of nine family members affiliated with the team. Whether it is a brother, cousin or just a friend, Western Mass’ leading passer utilizes every one of those ins-and-outs to position his team amongst the state’s elite.

“It just gives us a chance to compete with anyone. Going against the best of the best and that’s what we want to do and we can show that,” Williams said, “It doesn’t matter where you’re from in the state whether it’s Western Mass and we want to show we can compete with the best.”

Cody isn’t the only one having the fun on Berte Field this season. Cousin Ju’an Williams has been enjoying the success with his family, especially his father, in the stands.

“When I first came to high school, I thought it was a little bit embarrassing. Afterwards, I was like, ‘yeah, that’s my dad and nobody else’s dad is doing it,’” Williams said, “I like what he does, he gets everybody else going. He’s in his own littler world. I would definitely say he’s my number on fan.”

With the postseason getting underway Friday, the end goal remains the same for Williams and the conference champions. Despite there not being that blood relation with every teammate, the season won’t be complete for these brothers without a SuperBowl title.

“We’re pretty much just hungry for the state championship,” Williams said, “That’s what coach (Valdomar) Brower preaches; hungry and humble. So that’s what we do every day on the field and just take care of business out there, watch film and lift. When game time comes, we do what we do.”

I guess you can say this group gives family matters a new meaning. To their opposition, at least, those matters presented appear to be far from resolved.

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