Trailing by 18, Stephenville rallies to beat Florida team

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Stephenville freshman running back Kaegun Williams rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns and added another score receiving as the Yellow Jackets garnered some interstate bragging rights, defeating Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard 46-32 on Saturday at Kincaide Stadium.

Dillard (0-2) led 26-8 after a Stephenville fumble was returned 95 yards for a score by Randy Ramsey, but Williams and the rest of the Stephenville offense took over from there.

Williams scored on a 1-yard run with 5:47 left in the second quarter to cut the lead to 26-15, and an interception by defensive back Tyler Isham gave the ball back to Stephenville (2-1) at the Dillard 27.

Three plays later Jarrett Stidham tossed a 15-yard scoring pass to Grayson Sweet and Stephenville trailed 26-21 at halftime.

The Yellow Jackets opened the second half with a 43-yard kickoff return by Malik Taylor to midfield.

Three plays later Williams hauled in a pass in the right flat from Stidham and raced 38 yards for the score to give Stephenville a 29-26 lead it would never relinquish.

“We just had to get some motivation going on our offense,” said Williams, who rushed 18 times and caught three passes for 70 yards. “We needed the extra push to get us going and we just kept on rolling. I knew we could bounce back like we did.”

Stidham and Williams added rushing touchdowns of 3 and 20 yards, respectively. Luis Garcia kicked a 45-yard field goal with 3:48 left.

Mookie Carlile led Stephenville with seven receptions for 62 yards and one TD on offense and ended Dillard’s final two drives with interceptions on defense.

“It’s cool because it’s different,” said Stidham (16 of 29 passing for 193 yards). “Them not being from Texas gives us a little bragging rights from state to state.”

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