GATESVILLE — Just call them the heart-attack Hornets.
Gatesville trailed by 14 points with just under seven minutes left Friday before tying the game and eventually winning in double-overtime 49-48.
No. 9 Waco La Vega took a 35-21 lead on Javon Arnett’s third touchdown of the game with 6:45 left in the fourth quarter.
Gatesville senior quarterback Cole Edmiston combined for 369 and six touchdowns, five on the ground, including connection with receiver Tyler Jaynes for a score and running for another to tie the game with one minute remaining.
Edmiston led a 12-play drive that culminated in a fourth-down, clutch-scoring pass to Jaynes that cut the Pirates lead to one score. After a failed onside kick attempt, the Hornets forced a three-and-out and took over at their own 20-yard line with 1:57 left.
Gatesville (5-0) went on a 10-play drive that took just 55 seconds off of the clock. Edmiston completed passes to seniors Tyler Tennison and Matthew Wallace for 15 and 37 yards, respectively. Edmiston took care of the rest with a 3-yard score that tied the game at 35 to force overtime.
LaVega junior running back Ayorinde Gibson scored on the first play of the first overtime on a 25-yard run that put the Pirates up a score.
The Pirates gutted the Hornets defense for 399 yards on the ground despite the loss.
Edmiston opened the next drive by completing two passes for 10 yards, while adding 5 yards on the ground before Jake Kee ran it from 10 yards out to even the score at 42.
Gatesville got the ball in the second overtime and Kee ran for 14 yards on two more carries and Edmiston did the rest, when he scored from 2 yards out to put Gatesville up 49-42.
La Vega answered.
Gibson scored on a 1-yard touchdown and then Pirates coach Willie Williams made a tough call. He decided to go for the two-point conversion.
Gibson got the ball again but was stuffed for no gain and the Hornets comeback was completed.