Lometa then showed why it is ranked No. 22. The Hornets came right back and scored on a quick four-play drive culminating in a 24-yard pass from Nichols to Kyle Molter as the Hornets cut the lead to 36-20.
Gordon, trying to run out the clock with 5:23 remaining, threw a pass on third down that was intercepted, giving Lometa new life.
The Hornets took advantage and raced down field and scored on a 15-yard touchdown run by Shane Stone. With 4:44 left to play, the PAT kick was good as Lometa cut the lead to 36-28.
Gordon recovered the ensuing onside kick and looked to run out the clock.
With two minutes remaining, Lometa jammed the line and sent everyone on a run blitz, but the gamble failed. Wigington, behind picture-perfect blocking, busted through the line, cut right and was free. Fifty-nine yards later he jubilantly crossed the goal line for the touchdown that clinched the bi-district championship. Jorgensen’s PAT kick gave the ‘Horns a 44-28 lead.
To end any doubt of a comeback, the Longhorns recovered their ensuing onside kick and finished the game in the “victory” formation.
“Everyone was up on the line, and once he (Wigington) broke free he was off,” Kostiha said.”It was a really good run, but more so a tribute to the blocking we had on that play.”
The former Longhorn-turned-Gordon-head coach was all smiles after the contest.
“It feels good to win that first playoff game as Gordon’s head coach,” Kostiha said. “But more so I feel good for the kids who keep working hard to get better.
“Lometa is as good as anybody we will face, and they played (No. 8) May tough last week. When you get a big win against a really good team it is a big confidence booster.”