Gateway, which had won a single football game over the previous two seasons, has now won two in two weeks.
The Gators showed tremendous heart and resiliency in Saturday’s 24-21 comeback win over host Audubon in a Colonial Conference game.
Quarterback Tim Greene, who battled various injuries, found J.R. Little in the back of the end zone on an 8-yard scoring pass with 1 minute and 25 seconds left to provide the winning margin.
Yet the play of the game occurred on 4-and-14 from the Gateway 37-yard line when Greene found Maverick McBurnett for 33 yards. Little would score three plays later and suddenly the Gators are 2-2.
“This is a great win for our program,” Little said.
It sure is.
Gateway was forced to come back after sophomore Kahleil Greene gave Audubon a 21-17 lead on a 7-yard scoring run with 4:22 left. Chisolm rushed for 207 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns.
Greene had a clutch game completing 7 for 14 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Senior end Joseph Palmer led a strong defensive effort.
Yet the person who personified the Gateway toughness and character was Nick Rutter, all 5-foot-5 and 165-pounds of him. He had a 35-yard field goal, rushed for 72 yards on 12 carries and a 38-yard touchdown and caught a 57-yard scoring pass from Greene.
In addition Rutter made several hard hits from the secondary.
If anybody is looking for an all-tough team captain, Rutter would be in the running.
“We’ve worked so hard and put so much into this and it is all paying off,” Rutter said.
Audubon linebacker Keith Michalski was a force on defense, but Gateway, led by Rutter, Greene and Little kept making big plays.
And now the Gators are at .500 and in their mind still have room to climb under first-year coach Steve Duncan, who clearly has Gateway moving in the right direction.