The Father of Drew Williams, Christopher Williams hugs the coaches as he hold back tears for all of the supports for his son Drew who was hurt last week. Worsom Robinson/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 13, 2013 6:09AM
On Senior Night, the parents of Drew Williams strode down the Lane sideline and were engulfed in a wave of emotion. Chris and Jodi Williams and their younger son, Lane sophomore Bryce, responded with appreciation and support for the warm gestures from Lane’s community.
Lane senior wing back and defensive back Drew Williams remained hospitalized in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn from complications of a subdural hematoma, where blood collects at the surface of the brain.
In Lane’s first game since Williams suffered a seizure on the sideline in the fourth quarter against Dunbar last Friday, the Indians players paid their finest tribute possible.
Lane utilized dominant plays on special teams and a big-play offense to hammer Foreman 52-14 Friday night at Lane.
“Drew’s my best friend, and when we found out before the game his condition has improved, that was a win before the game even started,” Lane senior offensive tackle Joe Loch said. “It’s been very tough to get ready for football, and his family is still in a difficult position, but we did this for him tonight.”
The Lane coaches, teachers and fans wore custom printed, light yellow colored shirts emblazoned with Williams’ No. 3. His last name was on the back, marked by his favorite personal expression, “Let’s Eat,” at the bottom.
Students held up placards, “We love you Drew.” The dance team wrote T-shirts with the words: “No. 3 on the field, No. 1 in our hearts.”
The outcome was never in doubt as Lane bolted out a 9-0 lead before running a play from scrimmage as senior Danny Carlson returned a punt 64-yards for a score.
“The team really came together this week for Drew,” Carlson said. “That touchdown set the tone and got us going, and from there, we knew we were going to win this game for our brother.”
Lane quarterback Jason Santana accounted for three first-half touchdowns, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to Francisco Rios as Lane (4-3, 2-2) took a 31-8 lead at the break.
“Drew’s our captain, the heart and soul of our team, and everybody on this team tonight played with him in their hearts,” Santana said.
Angelo Barrera and Daxavious Jones scored a touchdown apiece for the Hornets (1-6, 0-3).