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Gautier picks up first region win in thrilling fashion

Gautier quarterback Kameron Kincaid scrambles away from the Hancock defense during the first quarter of their game at Brett Favre Field in Kiln on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Gautier visited West Harrison on Friday.
Gautier quarterback Kameron Kincaid scrambles away from the Hancock defense during the first quarter of their game at Brett Favre Field in Kiln on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Gautier visited West Harrison on Friday. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

It certainly wasn’t pretty but a win’s a win. The Gautier Gators had to rally late Friday night to pull off a 26-21 victory over West Harrison. The victory improves Chris Peterson’s squad to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in Region 4-5A. WHHS fell to 1-6, 0-3.

Trailing 21-20 late in the game, Kameron Kincaid completed a 39-yard pass to receiver Makael Calhoun between three defenders to push the visitors ahead 26-21. WHHS had nearly 90 seconds remaining to try to pull off a bit of magic of its own but was unable to convert a big fourth down near midfield to end the game.

“He made a very good throw and found Makael Calhoun in the end zone who was well covered,” Peterson said. “It was just a huge play. I’m really proud of our kids. Our kids never quit.”

Gautier’s Micah Kelly opened the game’s scoring with a 61-yard run. Kincaid followed it up with a 5-yard score.

Joel Washington later scored on a run to get WHHS on the scoreboard but Teshun Mcgee’s 14-yard scamper put Gautier back ahead 20-7.

WHHS made it interesting in the second half, capitalizing on Gautier fumbles. Washington scored on an 11-yard run to make it 20-14 and then Ahmad Gage found the end zone on a 19-yard run to put the Hurricanes ahead 21-20.

Gautier returns to action Friday with a home matchup against Stone. WHHS hosts Pearl River Central.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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