Gonzaga and St. Pius X schools cheer as graduate Caleb Williams wins Heisman Trophy

aleb Williams, the star quarterback at the University of Southern California who won the Heisman Trophy on Dec. 10, earlier made his mark at two Washington-area Catholic schools he attended for middle school and high school. Before graduating from Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., in 2021, Williams attended St. Pius X Regional School in Bowie, Maryland.

“We love Caleb!” a group of purple-clad Gonzaga students chanted during a Heisman Trophy watch party at the Jesuit boys’ high school, with some of them jumping up and hugging each other after Williams had accepted his award.

Williams had just become the first Washington-area native to win the Heisman Trophy. Four years earlier in November 2018, Williams as Gonzaga’s sophomore quarterback had lifted the Eagles to their first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference football title since 2002 with an improbable 46-43 win over DeMatha, which included a last-second 53-yard “Hail Mary” touchdown pass from Williams to leaping wide receiver John Marshall to seal the victory at The Catholic University of America.

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