And so they meet again

NORMAN, Okla. — No one could have guessed a matter of months ago how things would turn out with two guys that would eventually cross paths in a Crimson and Cream uniform.

At the time, Arizona Western running back Damien Williams rode his team's No. 1 ranking into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Football Championship against No. 2 East Mississippi and wide receiver Lacoltan Bester.

The two highlighted powerhouse squads that arrived into the contest a combined 22-0.

And both exchanged blows.

Bester scored the first two of six touchdowns between the two JUCO stars, as he was on the receiving end of 7- and 23-yard touchdown passes in the first and second quarters, respectively.

Those helped EMCC leap out to a 27-0 lead early in the second quarter.

But Williams would soon have his say.

A 53-yard scamper and score midway through the second quarter started his four-touchdown flurry in the title game.

He also recorded a 68-yard touchdown run, plus a pair of 15-yard touchdown receptions in the fourth quarter.

Still, while he got the best of Bester in scoring output, no pun intended, Bester's squad got the best of Williams' on the scoreboard with a 55-47 victory and NJCAA Championship.

They never could have imagined the next time they'd meet on a football field the two would be not competing against each other, but wearing the same uniform.

But that's just the case.

Williams inked with the Sooners on Signing Day; Bester pulled the plug on a late signing in May.

And now they're part of the same offense working in as members of the two-deep.

"I didn't know until I actually saw him and I was just like, ‘Oh, we played against you in the National Championship,'" Williams said. "So, it was great to see him come here knowing that he's another great receiver added on. So, it was a good feeling."

Best believe, too, although Bester greeted him positively, he still talked some smack about the outcome of that game.

"Of course I had to," Bester joked. "Any time that I put my rings on, we joke around about [that]. He just tells me he hopes I lose them or something like that, yeah. But it's all fun."

In fact, the two have actually used those rings for a sense of motivation on their way to something else.

"You know, we were just joking around about it or whatever, we were like, ‘Well, hopefully we'll be able to bring our talents together and put some more rings on my finger,' hopefully get him some," Bester said.

A pair of JUCO transfer talents, now on the same team, are competing this time for the same goal that they were a year ago on different teams: a national championship.

The chase for that, along with their first Division I football takes place when the Sooners meet UTEP in the season opener at 9:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. MT in El Paso.

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