Three members of the Oakland Christian football team announced their plans for the next level at an on-campus ceremony Feb. 22. From left, Seth Williams signed with Faulkner University, and Josh Siminski and Reece McConnell will play at Concordia University.

Three members of the Oakland Christian football team announced their plans for the next level at an on-campus ceremony Feb. 22. From left, Seth Williams signed with Faulkner University, and Josh Siminski and Reece McConnell will play at Concordia University.

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Talented trio from Oakland Christian have college football plans

By: Timothy Pontzer | C&G Newspapers | Published March 13, 2018

AUBURN HILLS — When asked what led to the most successful season in program history, Robert Novy quickly points to his players set to graduate.

“Without question, this group of seniors are the best to ever play here,” said the third-year Auburn Hills Oakland Christian football coach. “These guys reshaped the way we do things. They left a legacy that will last for a long time.”

The seniors helped lead the program to highs in wins (seven) and points scored (329), as well as fewest points allowed (143). The Lancers also won their first playoff game last fall.

Leading the way was a trio of upperclassmen who will continue their gridiron careers in college. Quarterback Josh Siminski and linebacker Reece McConnell both signed with Concordia University Feb. 22. A week prior, wide receiver Seth Williams inked with Faulkner University in Alabama.

“I’d put these guys up as some of the best we’ve ever had,” Novy said after a Feb. 22 on-campus ceremony honoring the three players. “These guys are like sons to me, and we’re really going to miss them, obviously in terms of their skills, but more importantly their leadership.”

Siminski finished his career with 2,240 yards through the air, 28 touchdowns and added seven more scores on the ground.

“OCS was the perfect place for me. It prepared me academically, spiritually and athletically,” Siminski said. “It was great to get a playoff win in my final year, but you also have to give credit to the people that came before and paved the way to give us this opportunity.”

Novy had high praise for his signal-caller.

“Concordia will give him a shot to play quarterback, and I think he has a great chance to really impress a lot of people,” the coach said.  

Siminski and McConnell plan on being roommates in Ann Arbor, hoping to continue their winning ways at the next level. A standout two-way player, McConnell was quick to point out how the scoreboard was not always kind to the Lancers during his four years on varsity.

“My sophomore year, we didn’t win a game. We started literally from the bottom before finishing where we did this year,” McConnell said. 

Lining up on the defensive line, at linebacker and in multiple spots in the offensive backfield, McConnell compiled 122 career tackles and five rushing touchdowns. He also set a new program record with 10 career sacks.

“Reese did so much for us in four years. He sacrificed his game to do whatever was needed for the team on both sides of the ball,” Novy said. 

While his two teammates are staying in-state, Williams is heading south to his old stomping grounds. The son of a preacher, Williams has already lived in six different states during his childhood, including spending six years in Alabama.

Of the 23 freshmen that chose Faulkner during the signing period, Williams will be the only one hailing from a high school not located in Mississippi or Alabama.

“I love it down there,” Williams explained. “I want to get a Bible degree, and they have a really good ministry program. I’d like to become a preacher like my father, and they were the first school to give me an offer. I’m thrilled.”

Officially billed as a wideout and safety, Williams stuffed the stat sheet from all over the field during his two years as a Lancer. He tallied 345 rushing yards with five touchdowns. He had 36 receptions for 567 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, the team captain notched 60 tackles and four interceptions.

“He’s easily the best all-around kid I’ve ever coached. It’s not really reflected in his statistics, but he changed every single game for us,” Novy said of Williams. “He could’ve had a lot more yards if he was selfish.”

After spending his first two years of prep football in Arkansas, Williams moved once again and found himself with the Lancers. 

“Coming here allowed me to flourish in ways I never thought I could,” he said.