For Boonville senior Dalton Williams it was pretty easy on where he would be playing football for the next four years.
With Missouri Valley College only 39 miles away and having family already in Marshall, Williams it was really close to home and then with family there that was a plus.
“It felt like home,” Williams said. “I really wasn’t looking at other schools because I knew Missouri Valley is where I wanted to go.”
Boonville Pirates football coach Greg Hough said Williams put the team before him this year. “We asked Dalton to do a lot for us offensively by pulling quite a bit but defensive line is the position that he loves and is probably his best position,” Hough said. “He is a very, very talented kid who played behind some really good defensive lineman last year so he was probably under the radar to a lot of people but I could tell last year on film that he was going to be a good player and receive some good postseason honors and ultimately going to his dream school and get to continue to do what he likes.”
A four-year starter for Pirates, Williams also help block for a 1,000 yard rushing in junior running back Avian Thomas and protect his quarterback, Nick Ferrari, who threw for over 1,000 yards.
Those two things alone earned Williams second team all-conference honors and second team all-district.
Of course Williams says he needs to improve on his strength because everyone will have the extra years of lifting that he doesn’t.
“I want to get better in the next couple of years to be in the position to play by the end of college,” Williams said. “I would also like to be playing by the end of my college career.”
As for the highlight of his career, Williams said it would be winning Homecoming his senior year as a team and getting his first sack as a junior.
As for the biggest influence on him playing football, Williams said the coaches at Boonville were his biggest influence because he had no experience with football so he learned everything from them.
“I’m going to miss all of the friends I made playing at Boonville,” Williams said.