WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) - Defense was the name of the game as both Gautier and Stone were locked-up in a down to the wire confrontation.
Last three minutes of the game, Stone's Mason Hunt took aim on the Gators goal. His kick propelled the ball into the Gautier net. That would prove to be the game winner.
Stone advances to the 5A State Championship game 6 p.m. Saturday at Madison Central facing Germantown.
The players were ecstatic and so were the Stone High fans.
Coach Scott Maddox says the Tomcats were the best kept secret in the state soccer ranks. The victory gave Stone a 20-1 and 1 record.
Maddox said, "This is a community success. We've got a great recreation program here that funnels these kids into our high school program and the whole community is going to benefit from this."
Art Scafide says Thursday's big win proves that the dedication in bringing soccer to Stone County has paid off. He helped launch the recreational soccer leagues in 1995.
"Our program has finally made i, "said Scafide. "These boys grew up in program and now they're all champions and we just love them and we're just so excited."
Ocean Springs (15-6-2) travels to Clinton 6 p.m. Saturday. A win over Madison Central(18-3-2) and the Greyhounds will claim the Class 6A Boys soccer championship. The 6th ranked Greyhounds beat No. 1 ranked Madison Central 2-1 on January 8.
The West Harrison Lady Canes (17-3-2) takes aim on the Class 5A Girls Championship 4 p.m. Saturday at Madison Central. Oxford will serve as the opposition and they have an 8th grader who is a superstar. If they can contain the youngster, the Lady Canes have a good shot at winning a first-ever 5A State title.
Two-time defending Class 4A State Championship St. Stanislaus goes for a three-peat 2 p.m. Saturday at Madison Central. The Rockachaws (22-3-1) face Amory, a team that has suffered only one loss on the season against 16 wins and 2 ties.
The St. Patrick Fighting Irish (14-6-2) captured the Class 1A-2A-3A Boys State Championship in 2014. Head coach Mario Camps is going after his 4th State Trophy and second at St. Patrick. The Fighting Irish meet Southeast Lauderdale (14-4-2) 2 p.m. Saturday in Clinton.