MANSFIELD — Mansfield Legacy running back Kijana Amous rushed for three scores, and linebacker Everett Williams recovered two fumbles for scores as the Broncos rallied for a 44-30 victory against Lancaster in a District 15-4A opener Thursday at Newsom Stadium.
Legacy (4-0, 1-0) trailed 30-14 with 10:07 left in the third quarter before Williams and Amous took over.
Lancaster (1-3, 0-1), facing a third down, had the ball jarred loose by the Legacy defense, and Williams picked it up and ran 19 yards through three Tigers on his way to the end zone to cut the lead to 30-20 with 7:32 left in the third quarter.
Following a Lancaster punt and a 43-yard field goal by Legacy’s Jeremy Hoelzer, the Tigers gave the Broncos another gift.
A high snap, over Lancaster quarterback Marquel Johnson’s head, was again recovered by Williams, this time in the end zone to tie the game at 30.
On its next possession, Lancaster drove from its 25 to the Legacy 38, but Williams’ tackle of Johnson for a 2-yard gain on a fourth-and-5 forced the Tigers to lose the ball on downs.
Amous took over from there, taking the Broncos on two long drives in the final quarter.
The senior scored on a 5-yard run with 8:45 left and added a 16-yard touchdown run to ice the game with 1:20 left. Williams carried 38 times for 172 yards.
After a scoreless first quarter, the teams combined for 36 points in the second.
The Broncos went on a 14-play, 67-yard drive capped by a 1-yard run by Amous to give Legacy a 7-0 lead with 11:28 left in the second quarter.
The teams traded scores on a 23-yard scoring pass from Lancaster starting quarterback Chris Thomas to Tim Taylor and a 1-yard touchdown run by Legacy’s Kenton Mayberry before Lancaster finished the half in a flurry, scoring twice in a 10-second span.
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