Kevrin Justice ran wild and so did Kilgore (13-1) in a state semifinal Saturday, ending Stephenville's (12-2) quest to repeat as 3A Division I champ with a 44-6 victory over the Yellow Jackets at Tiger Stadium.
Justice rushed 23 times for 223 yards and three scores, giving him 34 rushing touchdowns on the season. Davionta "JuJu" Brown rushed for 19 times for 129 yards and a score as Kilgore avenged Stephenville's 42-32 semifinal win when the powers collided a year ago in the same round.
Kilgore scored the first 27 points and never looked back, rushing for 483 yards on its way to 549 yards of total offense. The Bulldogs are heading to the championship for the first time since winning the 4A Division II title in 2004.
Stephenville freshman Kaegun Williams rushed for 126 yards, 122 coming in the first half. He carried the ball 18 times and also had two receptions for 19 yards.
The Jackets rushed for 158 yards and finished with 209 yards of total offense. Stephenville completed just one pass after halftime as quarterback Jarrett Stidham struggled with a hamstring injury suffered in a state quarterfinal victory over Lubbock Cooper just five days prior.
Stephenville fell to 5-3 in state semifinal games since 1990, and to 19-5 in the playoffs under sixth-year head coach Joe Gillespie. The Jackets entered the game averaging 53.8 points over their previous nine playoff games.
Stephenville had a pair of scoring chances denied in the first half. Williams had a 50 yard run deep into Kilgore territory negated by a holding penalty, and Luis Garcia couldn't connect on a 24-yard field goal attempt.
Third down conversions made a big difference with Kilgore converting 8-of-12 and Stephenville just 1-10. The Jackets were also 0-2 trying to convert fourth downs.
Kilgore meets Carthage (14-1) in an all east Texas state championship at noon next Friday at AT&T Stadium.