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Gridiron success a family affair
The success of the Yellowjackets football team is tied in many ways to one family.
Three cousins, all sophomores, are at the center of a strong sophomore class, and what their coaches hope is a culture change within the program.
Lewis Davalos, Luis Davalos and Martin Solis grew up doing everything together, and along the way drew their friends into the mix, creating a special kind of chemistry.
"The younger kids are really good friends, they are always together," Williams varsity football coach Dan McDonald said.
They constantly push each other and their competitiveness makes them work harder on the field and in the class room, according to McDonald.
"They look after each other and they want to succeed, they want to win," McDonald said.
Now, instead of just three cousins, it's a group of friends striving to achieve something. That group of kids won a league title with the Colusa Cowboys and as freshmen led the junior varsity Yellowjackets to a co-league championship.
Their hard work opened the door for them to play varsity as sophomores and not only that, but start.
"I feel like we have a bigger responsibility than on junior varsity," Lewis said.
"We've got to hustle and come hard every day," Luis added.
That responsibility comes from a long history of relatives who played at Williams High. Luis' older brother J.J. Davalos graduated last year and Martin's older brother Ramiro Solis graduated in 2005.
"It motivates us to be better than them," Martin said.
Lewis plays fullback, Luis plays on the line and Martin moved from tight end to center to fill a need on the team.
To prepare for the season, the trio took part in a football camp at University of California, Berkeley, during the summer and they learned a lot from the experience.
"It was huge, they showed us a bunch of new techniques," Lewis said.
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