Joe T. Robinson is ranked No. 2 in Arkansas’ Class 4A by Hooten’s Arkansas Football, but on Thursday night they ran into No. 9 in 7A Springdale. Springdale rallied from a 21-20 halftime deficit to take a 48-28 victory.
Joe T. Robinson four-star defensive end Zach Williams gave his team a lift on Springdale’s first possession when he strip sacked quarterback Grant Allen and then fell on the loose ball. However, Springdale’s depth paid off in the second half. How was the game for you?
“It was different they did things we didn’t even practice on,” Williams said. “I guess it was kind of hard for me. They said they were trying to neutralize me. They ran different plays. They succeeded on some plays and some they didn’t. I’m just gonna continue to get better and focus on the Rogers game.”
The Senators will face another 7A team next week when they host Rogers. It will be the season opener for the Mounties. Describe the strip sack you had early on.
“It felt good,” Williams said. “I guess it turned our energy around since we came out kinda rocky.”
Joe T. Robinson finished 13-1 last season. What’s the biggest questions the team has to get answered after losing some guys?
“Are we as good?” Williams said. “People say that. I think we only lost two major guys. We just need to focus on technique. That’s what we’re lacking when we get tired.”
What are you working on individually as far as your game?
“I’m working on reading blocks more,” Williams said. “You know tackle is gonna hold regardless so I’m going to focus on just using a fast punch to get them off of me.”
As a senior, Williams is taking on more of a leadership role this season.
“I’m more of a quiet leader,” Williams said. “I do what I’m supposed to do. I guess they look up to me and I kinda feel disappointed we lost.”
Williams committed to Arkansas on July 5. With his college choice out of the way it has helped him relax.
“It has been a lot more easy,” Williams said. “It has been a lot more normal life now. When recruiting was still on there would be five different people hit you up 24/7 after school. It was tiring. As soon as I committed I started chilling out and I feel good about it.”
Arkansas will open the season on Saturday, Sept. 1, by hosting Eastern Illinois. How excited are you for their season to start?
“I’m very excited,” Williams said. “I’m gonna be watching every single play, every single down I will be watching.”
The defensive end and tackles in the Arkansas Class of 2019 is a really solid bunch.
“Yes sir, we are pretty big in the front line,” Williams said. “We’re pretty big and aggressive. I feel we’re gonna go far.”
Williams said he has been talking to Barry Lunney Jr., Steve Caldwell, John Chavis and all the Arkansas coaches.
“They are pretty cool so I think they will go pretty far when the season starts,” Williams said. “I like them a lot.”
Have you talked to Pulaski Academy five-star tight end Hudson Henry?
“A little,” Williams said. “We have a group chat with the commits, but we really don’t really have a group chat with the recruits.”