Pooka earns Mr. Football honor

Anthony “Pooka” Williams
Anthony “Pooka” Williams in the Class 5A title game.

After the season he posted as a senior, the choice for Louisiana’s Mr. Football almost seemed inevitable — and, yes, indeed, Pooka it is.

Hahnville running back Anthony “Pooka” Williams was named the 23rd Mr. Football in the state of Louisiana, earning that title after posting more than 3,000 rushing yards and guiding Hahnville to the Louisiana Superdome to compete in its first state championship game since 2003.

Williams’ list of accomplishments has only grown since the end of the season. He was named MVP of the Class 5A All-State team, District 7-5A Offensive MVP, USA Today’s Louisiana Offensive Player of the Year and now Mr. Football. He is the first player from a St. Charles Parish school to earn the honor and just the third ever from the River Parishes, after Lutcher’s Gavin Webster in 2009 and East St. John’s Ryan Perrilloux in 2004.

Landry-Walker’s Keytaon Thompson earned the title last year. The last running back to earn the honor was Leonard Fournette of St. Augustine in 2013.

Williams, who signed with Kansas last month, rushed for 3,118 yards and scored 40 total touchdowns. Over his career with the Tigers, he excelled not only as a rusher, but a dominant receiver and kick returner. He ended his prep career by rushing for 200 yards or more in all five of his postseason games, topping the 300 yard mark three times.


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