HAMMONTON - David Williams and the rest of the Hammonton High School football team sweated out play after play in a wild Week 1 victory over Holy Spirit.
On Friday, Williams was barely sweating at all down the stretch.
That's because the senior running back and company pulled away from Oakcrest early en route to a 41-10 Cape-Atlantic League American Conference win.
"The score doesn't really matter," Williams said. "As long as we win - that's all that matters."
Williams carried the ball 12 times for 75 yards and a touchdown.
He also caught two passes, including a 54-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. Williams' twin brother, Dominic, had 89 yards rushing with a touchdown.
The Williams twins are impressive players, but the Blue Devils, No. 4 in The Press Elite 11, showed Friday that their depth is equally impressive.
Dylan Rosu (seven carries for 42 yards and a touchdown), Benjamin Bevan (five for 29 and a touchdown), Tyler Armor (five for 35 and a touchdown) and Brian Siligato (four for 29) also showed the potential to be feature backs.
"That's good," Hammonton coach Pete Lancetta said. "You build up depth and that's important with our schedule because there are no easy ones."
Standout quarterback Christian Mortellite only threw four passes but completed three of them for 119 yards and a touchdown.
Lancetta, in his 24th year as head coach at Hammonton, now has 199 career wins with only 52 losses and two ties.
He will go for No. 200 next Friday at Egg Harbor Township.
Oakcrest played Friday without team leader Brandon Bell, one of the top players in the state.
The senior, who has verbally committed to Penn State, had dehydration issues in the team's previous game and during this past week and sat out Friday for what Oakcrest coach Chuck Smith said was mostly a precaution.
Bell is the leader on defense and also one of the team's featured options on offense, but Smith refused to let his team use that as an excuse.
"He's a once-in-a-lifetime type of player," Smith said. "He's our leader, but Hammonton played a great game tonight and they're a tough team. It would have been tough with Brandon Bell in the lineup, but it did hurt. (Hammonton) deserved it tonight. They came to play."
Bell's presence was certainly missed. The Falcons had only two first downs during the game until picking up four on the final drive that ended in a Terrance Smith touchdown run with only 8.9 seconds left in the game. Hammonton had 27 first downs.
The 2012 edition of the Blue Devils are like any other Lancetta-coached squad, meaning team goals always trump individual agendas.
And that means Lancetta is too.
Don't expect one of the area's all-time winningest coaches to hype up his career wins accomplishment.
"I try not even to talk about it," Lancetta said. "I don't worry about that stuff. They are our wins. All I know is that we're playing EHT and they're going to be tough. It's just another game, a big game, but just a game. That's all we're worried about."
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Oakcrest 3 0 0 7-10
Hammonton 14 7 14 6-41
H-Da. Williams 6 run (Triboletti kick)
O-Hess 36 field goal
H-Do. Williams 12 run (Deanley kick)
H-Bevan 13 run (Deanley kick)
H-Da. Williams 54 pass by Mortellite (Deanley kick) H-Rosu 3 run (Deanley kick)
H-Armor 6 run (kick failed)
O-Smith 2 run (Hess kick)
TEAM STATS O H
Rushing 55 315
Passing 53 119
First downs 6 27
Penalties 5-30 4-20
Turnovers 0 1
Rushing-Oakcrest:Jetter 9-25, T. Smith 5-24, D. Smith 2-6; Hammonton: Do. Williams 9-89, Da. Williams 12-75, Rosu 7-42, Armor 5-35, Siligato 4-29, Bevan 5-29, Figueroa 2-10, Maimone 1-2, Fucetola 1-2, Mortellite 1-2.
Passing-Oakcrest: Jetter 10-19-53-0; Hammonton: Mortellite 3-4-119-1.
Receiving-Oakcrest:Roberson 5-33, T. Smith 2-12, D. Smith 1-6, Bush 2-3; Hammonton:Da. Williams 2-74, Carnesale 1-45.
Records- Hammonton 2-0, Oakcrest 0-2.