By NEMS Daily Journal
Forest Williams lit up the night and tore up the record books Friday night.
Amory’s senior quarterback shattered the Mississippi single-game passing record, totaling 646 yards in a 63-30 win over Indianola Gentry in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs at Longenecker Field.
Williams broke the record previously set by Dylan Favre of St. Stanislaus. The current Mississippi State quarterback threw for 562 yards against Mendenhall in 2009.
Williams was 38 of 50 and had eight touchdown passes.
Teammate Jamarcus Weston told the quarterback he had nearly 500 yards at the half, when Amory (9-3) led 29-22.
“I said, ‘I guess if I have this much now then I have another half to go to try to break the record,'” Williams said.
Dario Robinson and Abaris Woodrick had three touchdown receptions apiece.
“It always helps having Dario Robinson. It doesn’t hurt to have him on your team to let him go get one,” Williams said. “All five of our receivers are really good. They find ways to get open.”
This performance came a week after Williams passed for 544 yards to tie Gentry’s Micheal Spurlock for what was then the second-most in state history.
For the season, Williams has passed for 3,687 yards and 40 touchdowns.
He had to rally the Panthers, who fell behind 16-7 early to Gentry (4-8). Slow starts have been common for the Amory defense, Williams said, but there was no panic.
“I told one of our guys, ‘I would be nervous, but since this has happened every game this year, I’m not going to be nervous.’ Last year we’d have fallen apart if we got down,” Williams said.
Coach Trent Hammond wasn’t pleased with the slow start and knows Amory can’t afford another one when it faces Noxbuee County next week.
“We haven’t had much success with them,” Hammond said, “so it’s going to take some belief, and we have to have a great week to prepare for one of the top teams in the state of Mississippi.”