FAIRFIELD — Dion Williams wasn’t even the top receiver on the Vanden High football team his junior year. As a senior, he was arguably the best in city history and also a force at free safety.
Routinely racking up double-digit tackles, Elijah Williams, no relation, dominated defensively each week.
Both were honored by Cal-High Sports, which released its extensive list of all-state teams, Monday.
Dion Williams was named to All-State Medium Schools First Team as a utility player, which takes into account versatility.
Elijah Williams earned a repeat selection to the All- State Medium Schools Second Team Defense.
“Well, that’s good,” Vanden coach LeVon Haynes said when given the word. “It’s a great honor, I mean both guys are well deserving of it. . . . One more (quarterback Jadon Brisendine) would’ve been great. To get two guys in is a great honor. It kind of represents what the season’s been about, Dion being the player he is to be multi-purpose, Elijah the second year making all-state.”
Dion Williams thoroughly rewrote the Vanden receiving records and broke several city records as well. By season’s end he set city records for career touchdown receptions (30) and receptions per game (5.0), and single-season records for receptions (87), receptions per game (7.3) and TD receptions (24). His 160 points on the season were the most in the city since Geno Escalante had 164 for Rodriguez in 2007 and tied former Viking Jason Dean (202) for fourth-most in city history.
The senior also set new school records for career receptions (116) and receiving yards (1,695), the single-season record for receiving yards (1,261) and the single game record for receptions (11, twice). He also tied the school record for TD catches in a game (3, four times).
Dion Williams also stood out on defense, intercepting an area-high five passes.
Elijah Williams, who repeated as co-Solano County Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, led the Vikings with 136 tackles, 55 of them solo. He also forced three fumbles, recovering two, recorded two sacks and had an interception.
“It was just an honor to coach this type of young men as they get ready to move on to the next phase of their lives, ” Haynes said. “(Being all-state) is great for both of those guys. We’ve been watching for when that was going to come out. It’s a good deal for both of them.”
Other area players honored were American Canyon running back Jomon Dotson, who made the All-State Medium Schools Second Team Offense, and Napa receiver Austin Aaron, who made the All-State Juniors Third Team Offense.
Brisendine was passed up on the All-State Medium Schools and All-State Juniors team despite completing 224 of 355 passes for 2,961 yards and 44 touchdowns, all city records. Those figures easily exceed those of Medium Schools Second Team QB Marcus McMaryion of Dinuba, 155 of 282 for 2,659 yards and 28 TDs. Both ran for fewer than 100 yards on the season with one TD.
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