Williams graduate inducted into Kentucky Hall of Fame


Williams High School alumnus Lewis Davalos has been inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the Kentucky All Commonwealth team. 

The red carpet event, held Friday evening, highlighted the many outstanding young men participating in collegiate football throughout Kentucky. This award honors select collegiate football players whose leadership on the field and in the classroom demonstrates the leadership needed to carry that success into the game of life. 

After graduating in Williams High School in 2016, Davalos attended Feather River College and spent his first year as a receiver and his second year as starting fullback. 

In the fall of 2018, Corey Fipps, a 1998 Maxwell High graduate, who played four years of football and played on the 1997 North Valley League football championship team and a 1998 Lions All Star participant, recruited Davalos.  

“In November, I recruit the Northern California Community Colleges for football transfer students,” Fipps said. “With so few four-year football programs on the west coast, many of these kids are willing to leave for out of state scholarship opportunities.”

While searching for a tight end for his program, Fipps visited Feather River Community College, where he first met with Davalos. 

“After speaking with coach Fipps, I realized he and my step-father, Armando Bautista, had a Colusa County connection; Williams and Maxwell football rivalry,” Davalos said. “They had played against each other several times.”

A few conversations later, Davalos and his mother, Kathleen Bautista, flew out for a visit and determined Kentucky Christian University would be a perfect fit. 

Lewis started as tight end for KCU in 2019 and is expected to be the starting tight end for the upcoming season. 

“Lewis provides a physical presence at the tight end position that we had been missing,” stated Fipps.

The Hall of Fame induction was held at the Lexington Opera House, in Lexington, Ky. 

“It’s hard to believe that my little guy who grew up with a football in his arms could accomplish so much,” Kathleen Bautista said. “His heart and love for the game are unmatched. I can’t express how grateful I am that he was given these opportunities and how proud I am to say he’s mine. He has taken all these opportunities and accomplished so much.” ■