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Longview’s Cornelius Williams Selected to THSCA All-Star Game

Longview defensive tackle Cornelius Williams has been selected to the THSCA all-star game. (Christopher Vinn,

The anchor of Longview’s dominating defensive front has been picked to the Texas High School Coaches Assocation’s football all-star game.

Defensive tackle Cornelius Williams will represent the Lobos at the THSCA all-star game, which is 7 p.m. July 30 at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.

The 5-foot-11, 290-pound Williams — a double-signee of Navarro College and Texas A&M-Commerce — led Longview’s defensive line with 84 tackles, 17 for loss, and three sacks. Williams joined a front four rotation that also included senior defensive end Tre Allen, senior defensive end Jalen Porter, junior defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson (committed to TCU), and junior tackle/end Derodrick Alexander that helped Longview finish 9-4 with a Class 5A Division II Region II semifinal appearance.

That group spearheaded Longview’s defensive effort during the second half of the season, when the Lobos held seven opponents to 14.1 points per game during a 6-1 run prior to the Lobos’ third-round loss to Austin Westlake.

Williams was one of seven starting Lobo defenders to sign with colleges, joining Allen (Tyler Junior College), Porter (Iowa Central Community College), safety Corey Bartley (Texas A&M-Commerce), cornerback Nakia Brown (Navarro/Texas A&M-Commerce), linebacker DeMarkus Lathan (Tarleton State), and linebacker Torean Sheppard (Tarleton State).

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