MINERAL WELLS - With its star running back hobbling on the sideline from a first-half ankle injury, Stephenville stayed the course, and that meant running the ball.
Witt Westbrook filled in for Aiavion Edwards at running back in the second half and finished with 27 carries for 150 yards and a touchdown while Connor Washington passed for two scores and rushed for another.
That came after Edwards scored three times in the first half to jump start Stephenville (7-5), which held off upstart Fort Worth Southwest (8-4) 52-39 in a wild 4A Division II area-round playoff at Ram Stadium.
Edwards returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown then rushed two first-quarter scores to give Stephenville a 21-0 cushion. He had 13 carries for 98 yards when he came up limping and left the game late in the second quarter.
Edwards returned for one fourth quarter carry for 22 yards, an encouraging sign as Stephenville prepares for next Friday's 5 p.m. regional semifinal contest against Canyon Randall at Midland's Grande Communications Stadium.
He finished with 120 rushing yards, his ninth consecutive 100-yard effort. Edwards now has 1,624 yards on the ground for the year, just 206 shy of the school's single-season record.
The Yellow Jackets rushed the ball 50 times for 262 yards and finished with 432 yards of total offense.
Washington completed 13 of 22 passes for 170 yards and avoided turning the ball over. His touchdown passes covered 12 yards to Gabe Barrios and 38 to Alex Sanchez, who led Stephenville with five catches for 86 yards.
The junior QB's one-yard scoring plunge made it 52-33 with just over three minutes left before Southwest added a late score.
Southwest sophomore Wesley Harris was 11-22 passing for 260 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for a score, but he tossed three interceptions.
Corey Williams hauled in five receptions for 138 yards for the Raiders, who had 318 total yards.