Girl Football Player Makes Moves in Yakima - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Girl Football Player Makes Moves in Yakima

Posted:
Autaliah Williams has created a stir on the gridiron, simply because she's better than most of the boys. Autaliah Williams has created a stir on the gridiron, simply because she's better than most of the boys.

11-year-old Autaliah Williams has scored 27 touchdowns this season for the South East Saints, a Yakima football team made up of 10-12 year olds playing in the city's Grid Kids league.

Her teammates call her, "ATM."  It stands for "Automatic Touchdown Machine."

"She's phenomenal, just unstoppable.  It's like every time they give her the ball she scores," said William's mother, Priscilla Williams.

Her coaches look to her as a leader on the team.

"Any game you play, she's the best athlete on the field between both teams, hands down," said Coach Amadaor Navarro.  "We give her the football and she brings us money back, that says it all right there."

The Saints won their first playoff game last Saturday.  Williams added another five touchdowns to her impressive resume.

"I don't play like a girl, I play like one of the guys," she said.

In the beginning, the Saints weren't too sure about allowing a girl on their squad.

"They didn't want me. The coach told them I was coming to play and they said, 'No."

But once Williams showed her skills on the field, she gained respect and appreciation from her teammates.

"I love that they can count on me because when people count on me, I get it done the way I'm supposed to."

Williams hopes that she can keep taking it to the bank and cash in on a championship for her team.

"You get talked about a lot, because I'm girl. I don't think they expected what I was going to be. They probably thought I was going to be slow."

  • College

    • Grizzly Sports Report 1-15-18

      The Griz and Lady Griz go 4-0 over the weekend sweeping Sacramento State and Portland State and now BOTH teams are in first place in the Big Sky Conference. Big Sky player of the week Michael Oguine and Madi Schoening join host Shaun Rainey to talk about the successful weekend. With Griz Head Coach Travis DeCuire out on the recruiting trail Assistant Rachi Wortham takes his place. 
    • Super 8 Plays of the Week 1/15

      Check out this week's top plays!

    • From manager to player: Gonzaga's Pete living out new kind of Cinderella story

      Brian Pete’s college basketball career didn’t begin with a host of recruitment letters or scholarship offers, it began with a brief conversation over postgame pizza. In just a few days, Pete went from washing jerseys to wearing one. Now, a team that became famous two decades ago for dancing in Cinderella’s slipper is now celebrating a different kind of rags to riches tale.

    • No. 15 Gonzaga holds off San Francisco 75-65

      Gonzaga had four players finish the game with double figures, led by Johnathan Williams with 17 points (Perkins 16 pts, Melson 14 pts, Hachimura 10 pts).

    • Whitworth falls to George Fox 86-78

      Kaitlin Jamieson's 21 points and 14 rebounds led the George Fox Bruins past the Whitworth Pirates 86-78 on Saturday evening. 

    • Robert Franks' record performance leads WSU past Cal, 78-53

      Robert Franks set a new Washington State single-game record after he made ten 3-pointers and helped the Cougars to a 78-53 win over Cal on Saturday.

    • Gonzaga beats USF in dominant fashion 74-47

      Jessie Loera led the Zags with a career-high 15 points on six-of-eight shooting, and added a career-high nine assists to lead GU as well..

    • WSU and college football legend Keith Jackson dies at 89

      Jackson has been widely regarded as "the voice of college football" after spending 52 years as a broadcaster - 40 of those years at ABC Sports.

    • Eagles AD Bill Chaves named AD at North Dakota

      Chaves was named the 13th athletic director at Eastern Washington in August of 2007 and has since been a two-time recipient of the national Athletic Director of the Year.

    • Vandals beat Eagles 58-51 in second game of doubleheader

      Sanders led the Vandals in scoring yet again, finishing with 18 points.  He was also tremendous on the glass, grabbing a game-high nine boards

    More
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • CWUMore>>

  • Central Washington prepares for season opener vs. Texas A&M Kingsville

    Central Washington prepares for season opener vs. Texas A&M Kingsville

    CWU led the NCAA in tackles for loss last season. Photo: Central Washington AthleticsCWU led the NCAA in tackles for loss last season. Photo: Central Washington Athletics

    The Wildcats bring back the core of its defense that led the NCAA in tackles for loss a year ago.  Central averaged 10.7 TFL per game, with Kevin Haynes taking care of 19 himself.  Haynes' running mate, Sean Elledge, was tied for second most on the 2016 squad with 17.5.

    More >>

    The Wildcats bring back the core of its defense that led the NCAA in tackles for loss a year ago.  Central averaged 10.7 TFL per game, with Kevin Haynes taking care of 19 himself.  Haynes' running mate, Sean Elledge, was tied for second most on the 2016 squad with 17.5.

    More >>
  • CWU football lands Division II Football Showcase game on ESPN3

    CWU football lands Division II Football Showcase game on ESPN3

    Courtesy: CWU AthleticsCourtesy: CWU Athletics

    PORTLAND, Ore. – When Azusa Pacific and Central Washington meet on the football field for the second time in 2017, they will square off in front of a national audience. The Oct. 28 between the two games, which will take place in Ellensburg, Wash., will be one of 18 games selected this season for the 2017 NCAA Division II Football Showcase.

    More >>

    PORTLAND, Ore. – When Azusa Pacific and Central Washington meet on the football field for the second time in 2017, they will square off in front of a national audience. The Oct. 28 between the two games, which will take place in Ellensburg, Wash., will be one of 18 games selected this season for the 2017 NCAA Division II Football Showcase.

    More >>
  • Central Washington releases 2017 football schedule

    Central Washington releases 2017 football schedule

    Courtesy: Central Washington AthleticsCourtesy: Central Washington Athletics

    ELLENSBURG, Wash.- Central Washington University head football coach Ian Shoemaker has announced the Wildcats 2017 football schedule.  The Wildcats will play 11 games in 2017 with five home contests.   Central's 2017 opener is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. against Texas A&M Kingsville in Kingsville, Texas. The Javelinas finished the 2016 season with a 9-3 record, including a 24-17 victory over Southern Arkansas in the Agent B...

    More >>

    ELLENSBURG, Wash.- Central Washington University head football coach Ian Shoemaker has announced the Wildcats 2017 football schedule.  The Wildcats will play 11 games in 2017 with five home contests.   Central's 2017 opener is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. against Texas A&M Kingsville in Kingsville, Texas. The Javelinas finished the 2016 season with a 9-3 record, including a 24-17 victory over Southern Arkansas in the Agent B...

    More >>