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Jefferson's 16-15 comeback victory over Hillsborough last Friday was undoubtedly a trademark win for the Dragons program, but head coach Mike Fenton said it was the team's best win in nearly five years.
He compared the victory to Jefferson's Class 3A state semifinal win over Miami Monsignor Pace, when the Dragons were again a perceived underdog but emerged victorious.
"I think it was probably our biggest win since (then)," said Fenton, who then was Jefferson's offensive coordinator under USF offensive line coach Mike Simmonds. "We went down to Miami and nobody thought we could win that game besides us. This was kind of the same thing. We were the only ones we expected to win."
In that game, Jefferson was led by current South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia, who converted several key third downs and was 4-for-4 on the Dragons' winning drive late in the fourth quarter.
On Friday, junior quarterback Quentin Williams (11-for-20, 200 yards) similarly took over the game late. He started Jefferson's winning drive with a 38-yards pass, then added a 12-yard run two plays later. After Eric Royster's two-yard plunge for a touchdown, Williams ran in the winning two-point conversion.
Jefferson didn't get its first first down until midway through the second quarter, but after that, Williams converted 5 of 8 third downs down the stretch, including a third and 16 and a third and 19.
"That's what we expect from him," Fenton said. "He game through under pressure and kept cool throughout the game."
The Dragons (1-0) host Newsome (0-1) this Friday.