TAMPA — Quentin Williams didn't make history Friday night, but he accomplished exactly what he hoped to: putting Jefferson one step closer to a Class 3A state title.
Williams entered the opening-round playoff game Friday with 96 career touchdown passes and added three more against Land O'Lakes — moving by Tim Tebow and Xavier Lee and tying John Brantley at 99 — and led the Dragons to a convincing 54-19 victory.
"It's a great accomplishment but like I said, I'm not worried about that," Williams said. "I'm worried about getting that state championship ring."
Williams added a rushing touchdown and got help from running back Demetrious Russell (59 rushes, 95 yards, two touchdowns) and two punt blocks — one returned 25 yards for a touchdown by Rashad Dunnigan and the other for a safety.
Jefferson coach Mike Fenton admitted his team was aiming to break Will Indianos' state record of 100 touchdown passes Friday night and even made a few uncharacteristic coaching decisions trying to do so.
"We were trying to get him the 100 down here on the goal line. That's something we wouldn't have ordinarily done," Fenton said. "We were trying to get him the 100, I'll admit, at that point. But we've got next week, and that's a pretty big accomplishment."
Williams finished with 302 yards on 17-of-29 passing and one interception, which was returned for a touchdown by Gators safety Justin Tello. That was only Williams' third interception of the season. Despite the 35-point win, Williams said those mistakes can't be tolerated as the Dragons gear up for a deep postseason run.
"It's good, but we can't have stuff like that. We've got to execute," Williams said. "We left some points on the board. We've just got to stay focused. We can't enjoy it now. We've got to finish then enjoy it later."
The same can be said for Jefferson, which moves yet another step closer to its season-long goal of a state championship. And Williams will have at least one more chance to make history.