WARNER ROBINS -- William Crouch advanced to the second round of the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament with a win Friday night.
Northside High School sophomore Crouch finished with $10,800, guaranteeing him $10,000 and a spot in the semifinals.
Surrounded by family and friends at Wow Wingery and Cafe, Crouch made his way around the restaurant, pacing back and forth.
I already knew I had it in the bag, he said. Game-show contestants are not allowed to reveal the results of their appearances before the taped shows are aired.
But his friends were on pins and needles waiting to see if his competitor Olivia Hummer wagered too much and failed to give the correct response.
She did and it propelled Crouch, who had wagered just enough to sneak ahead.
The teenager was just watching the reactions of his friends, who groaned when they saw his guess in the Final Jeopardy round was wrong.
It was more about my friends, Crouch said about the party. During the show, each time he responded correctly, a cheer erupted from the nearly 200-strong crowd.
From family members to school friends, Crouch supporters were in full force.
For most of the half-hour, it was a mixture of screams and clapping.
After he won, students started chanting William Crouch, William Crouch.
Im not surprised, said family friend Tim Baggerly. William has always been so bright and outgoing.
The viewing party was organized by Crouchs mother, Anita Crouch.
She was beaming from ear to ear after the half-hour was finished.
It is absolutely amazing, Anita Crouch said.
She was touched that Crouch had spoken about her father, who is an American Indian.
After the show concluded, many people hung around, still glowing from the win.
Crouch was being asked for his autograph like he was a celebrity, though he said it wasnt the first time he signed something.
He could hardly move around the restaurant without someone asking to take his picture.
Its so much fun, he said, beaming.
Crouchs next appearance on Jeopardy! will be Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.