The way Kelvin Frazier sees it, the Augusta Stallions were long overdue for a kickoff return.
The Stallions finally got one at the right time.
Undre Williams scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 50-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter, and the Stallions remained undefeated with a 48-47 win over the Macon Knights at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on Friday night.
"You could see the air kind of get out of them, because they were coming with their best stuff," offensive/defensive lineman Frazier said. "All year long, our kick returns have been about half a block off. A half step here or a half step there, and we're taking it to the house. Everything just clicked right on time tonight."
Macon (4-2) scored 19 unanswered points in the second half to take its first lead of the game. Jaquez Rumph scored on a 5-yard touchdown run, giving the Knights a 32-27 lead with 13:28 left in the fourth quarter.
But Williams responded. After bobbling the ensuing kickoff, which bounced off the net, Augusta's offensive specialist scooped up the ball and blazed down the left sideline for a touchdown.
"The nets are real hard to adjust to," Williams said. "I was just praying to God to just let me hold (the football). And holes just opened up."
Augusta's defense twice stuffed Macon in the fourth quarter, including a stop on the Knights' 9-yard line with less than a minute left. One play later, Dirk Lincicome bounced off a tackler at the line and rumbled to a touchdown. Augusta led 48-39 with 53 seconds left.
"When we needed a big stop, our defense rose to the occasion," wide receiver/defensive back Chris Johnson said.
Johnson rose to the occasion himself. Johnson, who was traded from Macon to Augusta in the preseason, wondered this week whether he would miss the game after bumping a referee a week ago. But his suspension was lifted, and Johnson played a key part in Augusta's offense in the first half.
Johnson caught a pair of touchdown passes, and the Stallions led 17-6. After Williams made a diving touchdown grab, the Stallions led 24-6 late in the first half.
"I came out, and I was real pumped," Johnson said. "I had something to prove to myself and to prove to Macon as well."
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