Trojans’ transfer sparks hot start

Fred Jeter | 9/21/2023, 6 p.m.
Romelo Williams is starting to pile up statistics while Virginia State University is piling up victories.
Romelo Williams

Romelo Williams is starting to pile up statistics while Virginia State University is piling up victories.

Now 3-0 following a dominating 55- 12 win at St. Augustine’s, the Trojans return home 6 p.m. Saturday to play 0-3 Livingstone under the Rogers Stadium lights.

A transfer from Central Connecticut State University, Williams is a dual-threat quarterback who punished St. Augustine’s with his arm and legs.

Originally from Miramar, Fla., the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Williams hit 18 of 34 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns against the Falcons while also running eight times for 52 yards.

Williams connected with Roy Jackson III and Malik Hunter for touchdowns while 150-pound OBJ Lightbourne, another Floridian, was the top rusher with 75 yards on just six tries.

Williams, with two seasons of VSU eligibility, was the starting QB at Central Connecticut in 2021, passing for 1,452 yards and 10 scores.

Central Connecticut plays in the FCS Northeast conference.

Upton Bailey, who raced for 214 yards in the opener at Norfolk State, was used sparingly for a second straight week due to a minor injury.

Tyrone Fisher, a graduate student from South Hill, led the defense with seven tackles while Alex White and Willie Drew contributed six stops. As a preseason All-CIAA pick, Drew also had an interception.

Coach Henry Frazier III’s squad has an excellent chance to improve to 4-0 this Saturday. The Trojans trounced the Blue Bears, 37-7, last year in Salisbury.

VSU’s glowing statistics reflect the 4-0 start in the standings.

Through three outings, VSU has aver- aged 370 yards per game while allowing 233; has 16 TDs to the opponent’s seven; and has averaged 5.4 points per game compared to 3.5 for its foes.

Coach Frazier, a longtime head coach and assistant at Bowie State, has done an efficient job of turning around a program that was just 3-6 in 2021.

Gazing ahead, VSU is the likely favorite in every game except perhaps at Bowie State Oct. 7 and at Virginia Union Nov. 4.