To call Mosley’s comeback in Friday’s game against Gulf Breeze epic would be an understatement. The win was one for the ages and then some. Just call it the “Mosley Miracle.”
As noted by our Gannett partners at the Pensacola News-Journal, it appeared that the game was slipping firmly beyond Mosley’s grasp with Gulf Breeze leading 28-21 in the final minute. That’s when Mosley quarterback Dillon Brown took over, piloting his team down the field to set up a game-tying, 8-yard touchdown run by Trevin Taylor with just 12 seconds remaining.
Perhaps the limited time remaining emboldened Mosley. Something definitely did, with the team opting for an onside kick following the touchdown. The maneuver caught Gulf Breeze completely off guard, giving Mosley one last shot with the same 12 seconds remaining to get more points on the board or head to overtime.
On second down with 5 seconds remaining, Brown launched a monstrous heave downfield toward the left side of the end zone. Brown had two receivers in the vicinity, but there were also two Gulf Breeze defenders hounding them. In fact, one of those defensive backs appeared to win the positioning race, getting his hand on to Brown’s pass first.
Yet that tip couldn’t knock the ball incomplete. Instead it kept the pass alive, and Mosley wide receiver Reakwon Jones alertly tapped the ball up to himself then hauled it in after crossing into the end zone for the game-winning points as time expired.
“It bounced off a defensive back, I felt for it with one hand and then just dove into the end zone,” Jones told the News-Journal. “I had faith. We knew we had to have this district game, and this is kind of the team we are.”
Brown was a bit more succinct and sanguine in his reaction.
“Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good,” Brown said.