In two playoff games, Corey Willis has accounted for ten touchdowns already, but the 5'9, 170-lb junior is quick to credit the guys in front of him, and that's exactly what he did following Holland's 42-21 victory over Zeeland East for the District Championship on Saturday.
"I put in in the offensive linemen's hands and they did a great job. I told them I don't need much. I just need a little bit of room and they gave me that. It was exciting."
Zeeland East had the homefield advantage, the crowd noise and the better regular season record, but they didn't have Corey Willis. That said, the Chix didn't make it easy on Willis, but he constantly found ways to get it done.
"We expected that it was going to be a tough game. We came in thinking it was going to be a dog fight. I think the regular season just lead us up to this. We've been down plenty of times in the regular season and sums up our team. We've had adversity all year and we just got through it."
The week before, against Stevensville Lakeshore, Willis rushed for 309 yards and four touchdowns and had two interceptions and a fumble recovery on defense. He followed that up against Zeeland East with 217 yards and four touchdowns on the ground and 124 and two touchdowns through the air.
This week, he will need another big performance as the Dutch face perennial state power East Grand Rapids, a team they upset during the regular season.
"Hopefully we can do it again. They're ready. I think they're a different team in the playoffs, but we are too."
With his big season, Willis is receiving a lot more recruiting attention, and he says he is set to take another unofficial visit in a couple weeks.
"Hopefully I can get to the Ohio State-Michigan game with my coaches and Nathan Ricketts. I'm just keeping it cool, seeing what happens."
Junior Highlights - Four Games - QB/CB #18