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.