JOHNSONVILLE, S.C. (WMBF) - Football isn't always something that has intrigued Arkealious Williams.
"Actually Tushai Edwards is the one that got me playing," he said. "He got me started on it, and I've loved it ever since."
While he credits a former Athlete of the Week and the Johnsonville running back for getting him started on the sport, Arkealious Williams has loved it. Becoming one of the most powerful lineman in the state has even earned him an invite to this week's Touchstone Energy Bowl as part of a South squad with one of the more dangerous defenses in bowl history.
"This week has been pretty good," he said. "Meeting a lot of new faces, and getting close with them. And just being around a lot of good athletes from all around South Carolina is pretty good."
And this week, he's optimistic for a win, but more importantly wants a repeat performance of last year - when the South squad shut out the North BY a 23-0 final. Though he knows it won't be easy.
"It's kind of surprising, because you're going against the best of the best," Williams explained. "It's going to be pretty good, putting my talents up against theirs and pushing these boys like I know they're going to push me."
While his legacy at Johnsonville is sealed as one of the best defenders to put on a Flashes uniform in recent history, he's just grateful to be able to put on the pads on more time at the high school level before moving on to college next year.
"Just knowing that I can run, tackle, do all that, one last time before I graduate is pretty good," he said.