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.