The same intense pair of eyes that were overcome with tears at the end of Friday night's Jefferson-Hillsborough game just moments earlier were steely with composure.
After leading his team on a late fourth-quarter touchdown drive, Jefferson quarterback Quentin Williams gave his coach a look that begged for the ball for one more play.
The Dragons junior then took a quarterback keeper from through the middle of the Hillsborough defense for a winning two-point conversion to give Jefferson an emotional 16-15 win over the rival Terriers at Chelo Huerta Field.
"I asked him whether he could get the two-point conversion," Jefferson coach Mike Fenton said, "and he looked me dead in the eye and said, 'Yes, Coach.'
"I believed him and I had all the confidence in the world in him."
Trailing 15-8, Williams led his team on a five-play, 61-yard touchdown drive in the game's final 2:26 - the key play an opening 38-yard completion to Andre Davis that put the ball at the Terriers' 22. Four plays later, Eric Royster plowed into the end zone for the score, setting the stage for Williams' winning play.
After the final seconds ticked away, Williams and Davis - friends since the first game - sobbed under their helmets, overcome with the feeling that fallen teammate C.J. Mills, gunned down two years ago, was with them on the field.
"C.J. was looking down on us," Davis said, barely able to talk. "I know he's the reason we got this win. I know it. I know it."
Both offenses sputtered early, and the Dragons didn't have a first down until midway through the second quarter. But in the fourth quarter Williams took over the game with his feet and his arm. He finished the night with 200 yards passing on 11 of 20 passes. He also ran for 62 yards and a second-quarter touchdown.
"Everybody doubted us," Williams said. "Nobody picked us to win this game. We knew it from the get-go. ... I just wanted to do it for C.J. I wanted to do it for him."
Williams was especially good in the clutch, several times dicing the Terriers defense on third down. He also connected with receiver Chris Moore (3 catches, 96 yards) on key gains of 28 and 43 yards.
"He showed a lot of charisma," Fenton said of Williams. "He kept his cool."
Hillsborough still had a chance to win in the final moments, driving to the Jefferson 38 with 41 seconds left, but Tarean Austin's final pass was picked off at the 3 by Rodney Mills.