Brodie King’s 10-yard touchdown reception with 2:24 lifted Biloxi past Gautier 16-14 on Friday night at Vaughn-Wallace Stadium.
Despite several first-half miscues, the Indians (2-2) won their second straight.
“I had to make a play for my team to win,” King said. “We overcame adversity and fought through it.”
The lead changed four times in the fourth quarter before Biloxi ultimately prevailed.
Kevin Martinez’s 35-yard field goal with 9:36 left gave Indians a 10-7 lead.
Five minutes later, Gautier (1-3) answered as James Williams’ 5-yard TD run gave the Gators a 14-10 lead.
Behind quarterback Tucker Thomas, who threw for 120 yards and ran for 95, Biloxi found a way to win in the end.
“We are still learning how to win,” Indians coach Bobby Hall said. “The kids play hard and fight. If they keep believing and keep fighting, they’ll win.”
Biloxi dominated the first half. The Indians had the ball inside Gautier territory three times, but came away with no points on two of the possessions.
The Indians reached Gautier’s 3-yard line late in the first quarter before Martinez missed a 20-yard field goal.
Another scoring opportunity in the half ended when Thomas fumbled at the Gators’ 26 and linebacker Shaheim Carroll recovered.
Gautier took advantage of the Indians’ turnover. DeAndre Torrey’s 3-yard TD gave the Gators a 7-0 lead with 1:56 left before halftime. Torrey finished with 106 yards rushing.
Biloxi went to its two-minute offense on the ensuing possession and Thomas’ 6-yard TD run with six seconds left tied the game at 7 at halftime.