He catches the football, runs the football and stops the opposition on defense. All of the things he does, he does as well as anybody around. This season alone, the all around standout has rushed for 463 yards with five touchdowns on 83 carries and has caught a team-leading 15 passes for 190 yards with a team-high two touchdown catches at running back. At his linebacker position, he has recorded a team-high 97 tackles on defense. Lloyd has been instrumental in West Bolivar being 7-2 with a 3-0 mark in Region 4-2A action thus far. The team is also ranked No. 3 in this week’s Associated Press 2A Poll.
Lloyd said it doesn’t matter to him whether he plays offense or defense, he just wants to win.
“I want to put the team in a better situation to win,” Lloyd said. “Wherever they need me at that’s where I’ll go to make plays and make our team better.”
It’s only been recently that Lloyd has developed into an offensive player. When he started playing full time as a starter in 2010, his main contributions came on defense as he racked up a team-leading 134 tackles. When last year began, he took more responsibility on offense as he rushed for 649 yards with nine touchdowns on 97 carries. He also caught three passes for 49 yards with a touchdown. His defensive production continued to be at a high level as he recorded 133 tackles. His overall play was instrumental in West Bolivar going 15-1 and winning the 2A State Championship for a second time in five years.
Since the beginning of the 2010 season, Lloyd has recorded 364 total tackles and is just three tackles away from a third straight 100-plus tackle season.
As far as colleges recruiting him, Alcorn State University, Ole Miss and the University of Memphis have shown some interest in him.
The confident senior star said he gives maximum effort from the time kickoff starts until the last seconds tick off the game clock.
“I want to play aggressive and lights out on both sides of the ball at 110-percent,” Lloyd said.
Over the years, the Eagles have been known for the work that they put in to prepare for a game.
Lloyd said the preparation during the week has him ready to play on both sides of the ball through out a whole game.
“Through out the week, we have tough practices,” Lloyd said. “We hit the levee once a week, and we’re very focused on the levee. We work on endurance through out the week, so that prepares us to play on Friday.”
West Bolivar head football coach Henry Johnson said Lloyd has been invaluable to the Eagles’ program.
“He’s been a workhorse for us,” Johnson said. “He’s leading the team in tackles on defense, and he doesn’t come off the field on offense. He’s been great. I can’t say enough about William Lloyd.”
With five state championships under their belt, the Eagles have one of the most storied football histories in the state. The tradition West Bolivar has is one that Lloyd is proud to be apart of.
The 6-foot, 190 pounder said he really enjoys being around his teammates and would love another crack at the title.
“My teammates have my back on whatever I have to do,” Lloyd said. “As a senior, I try to lead them the best way that I possibly can. So hopefully, we get to make a return to the state and win a state championship.”