The George West Longhorns overcame a 14-7 fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Tigers 21-14 and remain atop the District 15-2A, Division I standings with the Luling Eagles.
Goliad, which fell to 5-4 overall and 2-3 in district, needs a near-miracle to secure a playoff berth.
The Tigers must first win Friday in its regular season finale at San Antonio Cole (1-7, 1-3) and have Marion (4-5, 3-2) lose to San Antonio Brooks (0-8, 0-4) on Nov. 9. Goliad would also need Jourdanton (3-5, 1-3) to defeat George West (6-2, 4-0) and Cole in its final two games.
The very unlikely scenario would force a three-way tie between Goliad, Marion and Jourdanton for the third-place playoff berth, which would then be decided by the
district’s tiebreaker system.
The Tigers overcame a 7-0 halftime deficit with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns to go up 14-7 entering the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Dalton Sturm, who rushed for 65 yards on 17 carries, scored on a 12-yard run with 8:54 remaining in the third quarter and added the extra point to tie the game at 7-all.
With 1:21 left in the third quarter, Sturm, who also passed for 120 yards, threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Dustin Ohrt to give the Tigers their first lead.
George West, which rushed for 237 yards in the game, wasted little time tying the game at 14-all. Hudson Wallace’s 4-yard touchdown run with 10:26 remaining in the game and Jesse Haros’ kick knotted the score once again.
Goliad was moving the ball before the Longhorns’ Lukas Barcak picked off a tipped Sturm pass and return the interception to the Tigers’ 25. On the next play, fullback Enrique Nieto burst up the middle on a trap play and went 25 yards for George West’s game-winning score with 8:21 left in the game.
The Tigers never seriously threatened to score again as the George West defense stiffened to preserve the victory.