As the final buzzer sounded, a wide-open Moore stood at the Jourdanton 33-yard line with his eyes on Dalton Sturm’s desperation pass.
“I knew I had to score a touchdown to win the game,” Moore said.
Moore cradled the ball in securely, then turned toward the goal line. A block by Colby Berger helped him outrun a Jourdanton defender into the end zone to tie the game at 20-all. Sturm then kicked the extra point to give the Tigers a 21-20 victory in the District 15-2A, Division II opener for both teams.
“You can’t say enough about our kids,” Goliad coach John Mares said. “We could have thrown in the towel, but these kids are fighters.”
The win improved the Tigers to 4-1 on the season while the Indians fell to 2-3.
Jourdanton rallied from a quick 14-0 deficit to go up 20-14 on Joe Estrada’s 63-yard touchdown run with 5:41 left in the game.
After failing to move the ball on its next offensive series, Goliad halted an Indian drive at its 35 with five seconds left in the game. The Tigers were flagged for a delay of game penalty to back them to their own 30.
Sturm, who rushed for 93 yards and passed for 115 in the game, rolled to his right, eluding defenders and breaking tackles, before stopping short of the line of scrimmage and heaving the pass to Moore.
“I was thinking I had to get him the ball,” Sturm said. “I knew he could outrun them. He also got a heck of a block from Colby Berger. I had all the confidence in him that he would catch the ball.”
After the touchdown, Sturm looked around to make sure there no penalty flags.
“The first thing I looked at when I threw the ball was if I crossed the line of scrimmage,” Sturm said.
There were no flags and Sturm had to recompose himself to kick the game-winning extra point.
“We drew it up just like that,” Sturm joked about the last-second touchdown. “I always tell my teammates to never and that’s what we did. We never gave up.”
The Tigers took advantage of a pair of Jourdanton turnovers to jump out to a 14-0 lead in the first half.
After recovering an Indian fumble, Goliad went up 7-0 on Jeremy Pena’s 3-yard touchdown run with 1:28 left in the first quarter.
On Jourdanton’s next possession, the Indian punter had the ball sail over his head and he pounced on the ball at his own 5-yard line. Moments later, Pena bulled into the end zone from 4 yards out and Sturm’s second extra point gave the Tigers a 14-0 lead with 11:27 remaining until halftime.
Goliad’s lead stood until intermission, but Jourdanton, which reached the area playoffs last season, got its offense in gear in the third quarter.
Chase Harrison scored on a 15-yard touchdown run with 9:59 remaining in the third quarter. The Indians’ extra-point failed as the score remained 14-6.
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The Indians scored two touchdowns in a span of 1:11 in the fourth quarter to take the lead. Isaac Oropeza scored on a 1-yard run, but a pass attempt for two points failed as Goliad held on for a 14-12 lead with 6:52 left in the game.
After a Goliad turnover, Estrada broke loose around the right side and went 63 yards for a touchdown. Brandon Pacheco’s two-point conversion run gave the Indians a 20-14 lead with 5:41 remaining in the contest.
In other district scores, George West beat Marion 28-20, and Luling defeated San Antonio Cole 44-0. The Tigers travel to Luling on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. contest.