Gautier erased an 18-14 deficit at halftime to pick up a 35-18 victory over non-region rival Vancleave Friday night.
The victory was the first of the season for the Gators, who dropped games at George County and at Moss Point in the first two contests.
“We thought we had a really good week of practice,” Gautier coach Chris Peterson said. “They did respond well. We tried to clean up a lot of things that we were doing wrong. We were successful doing those things the right way. We got better this week.”
Deandre Torrey led the Gators on on offense with a pair of touchdowns, including an 80-yard run to start the scoring in the second half.
Senior Shamir Carroll, junior James Williams and sophomore Micah Kelly also had touchdowns for the Gators (1-2).
“In the second half, we shut them out,” Peterson said. “We played a really solid defensive second half and made some big plays on offense as well.
Freshman Kyle Cager was 5-of-5 on extra points and had a pair of punts that were downed inside the 10 yard line.
Gautier will prepare to host Biloxi next Friday.