Moss Point football coach talks about win over Gautier
Moss Point kicker Austin Herrera overcame an injured quadricep to deliver the biggest field goal of his career on Friday night.
Herrera’s 27-yard field goal bounced over the crossbar in second overtime lifted the Tigers past Gautier 30-27 at Vaughn-Wallace Stadium.
“I was hurt, but I believed that I would make the kick,” Herrera said. “I gave it everything I had.”
Moss Point (1-1) won its first game under coach Eugene Harmon.
“We always believed we could come back and fight,” Harmon said. “It was a great victory for our kids. We had a lot of things go wrong for us in the second half.”
Kyle Gager's 25 yard field goal gave the Gators a 3-0 lead. Jordan Henley's 31 yard interception return set up the Gators' scoring drive.
Devin Simpson five yard touchdown run gave Moss Point a 7-3 first quarter lead. The Tigers took advantage when Gager was unable to get off a punt. Moss Point received the ball at the Gators' nine-yard line.
Gautier trimmed the gap to 7-5 when a host of Gator defenders tackled Moss Point punter in the end zone.
Anthony Kirkland's 90 yard fumble return for touchdown gave Tigers 13-5 lead at halftime.
Ruben Lee’s two-yard TD pass to Lesean Coleman extended the Tigers’ lead to 20-5 midway in the third quarter.
Kameron Kincaid 12 yard TD pass to Micah Kelly cut Moss Point lead to 20-11 after three quarters.
Gautier (1-1) scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 20-20, but the Gators had a chance to win in regulation.
After Kincaid’s 32-yard TD pass to Daylan Ray cut the gap to 20-17 with 9:30 left, Moss Point fumbled at its own eight. Moss Point, however, limited the Gators to Gager’s game-tying 18 yard field goal.
The Tigers grabbed a 27-20 lead on Lee’s 10-yard TD pass to Coleman in the first overtime.
Gautier forced a second overtime on Micah Kelly’s 10-yard TD run.
The Gators had a chance to regain the lead in the second overtime, but Gager’s 30-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left. That set up Herrera’s game-winning heroics.