The 6-0 Gators came in heavy favorites after upsetting Catholic the previous week, but a gritty and opportunistic Griffin defense forced five turnovers. Dutchtown took advantage, erasing a 10-point second-quarter deficit to pull off a 24-17 upset and snap a three-game losing streak to St. Amant.

In big games, turnovers are usually the big equalizer.

That trend certainly didn't change on Friday night in the annual parish clash between Dutchtown and St. Amant.

The 6-0 Gators came in heavy favorites after upsetting Catholic the previous week, but a gritty and opportunistic Griffin defense forced five turnovers. Dutchtown took advantage, erasing a 10-point second-quarter deficit to pull off a 24-17 upset and snap a three-game losing streak to St. Amant.

"We told them at halftime that the only way to win the game was to not look for scores, but for first downs. We felt like the defense would have to give us some help with turnovers, and we got those," Griffin head coach Guy Mistretta said.

St. Amant scored touchdowns on their first two drives, but after that, their offense was hampered by consistent mistakes.

"I complimented Coach Mistretta before the game on how hard his guys play, and they played that hard tonight--just as we expected. We didn't match their intensity," St. Amant head coach David Oliver said. "They outperformed us in almost everything that you need to win games. They had one turnover; we had a ton. They had less penalties. They were better on third downs."

After only putting up 160 total yards last week, Dutchtown looked to defensive back Van'Shon Grayson to give them a boost offensively, and he did just that.

On the opening drive of the game, Griffin quarterback Ben Mays hit Grayson on a slant over the middle, and he raced 52 yards for a touchdown to give Dutchtown a 7-0 lead.

Though, St. Amant responded with a 10-play, 77-yard drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run by Cade Nelson to tie the game.

The Gators took the lead on their next drive when quarterback Halen Miller hit Grant Alexander on a slant and he outran all defenders for a 43-yard touchdown.

Late in the second quarter, St. Amant drove all the way to Dutchtown's 5-yard line, but the Griffin defense held up, forcing the Gators to settle for a 23-yard Hector Rodriguez field goal to make it 17-7.

It looked like St. Amant would take that lead into the half, but with just over a minute left in the second quarter, the Gators fumbled the ball away at their own 31-yard line.

It set up a last-second 23-yard field goal by Cohen Parent to cut the deficit to 17-10 at the half.

Midway into the third quarter, St. Amant turned the ball over again--this time on a muffed punt that was recovered at the Gator 18-yard line.

Five plays later, Mays scored on a two-yard touchdown run that tied the game.

Dutchtown got the ball in great field position to start the fourth quarter after a short Gator punt.

Taking over at the St. Amant 34, it took them just three plays to score. Grayson broke loose on a 16-yard scamper to give Dutchtown a 24-17 lead.

St. Amant had a chance to tie the game late.

They put together a 10-play drive that moved them from their own 20 to the Dutchtown 26, but after an acrobatic interception by Grayson, the Griffins were able to run out the clock and celebrate the huge upset victory.

"It was a struggle all the way through, but our guys made just enough plays to make it happen," Mistretta said.

In the losing effort, Nelson carried the ball 24 times for 134 yards and a touchdown.

Miller went 18-26 for 201 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, while adding 51 yards on the ground. Alexander was his favorite receiver as he made seven grabs for 135 yards and a score.

Dutchtown won, despite gaining just 236 total yards.

"We pinned them deep a couple of times, but we couldn't hold them back there. Our defense kept us in the game for a long time, but they finally just wore us down," Oliver said.

Mays had 152 yards passing and a touchdown through the air. On the ground, he rushed for 46 yards and a score.

Grayson had 83 total yards and two touchdowns.

Not only was it Dutchtown's first district win of the season, it gave them a winning record at 4-3. The four victories have already eclipsed their win total from all of last year.

"It gives these guys belief in what we're doing," Mistretta said. "Last week against EA, we started off really strong. They pounced on us with [Jimel London] twice, and we didn't respond. We lost some belief in ourselves, so we talked all this week about facing adversity.

"You're going to face adversity against a team like this. You have to help each other through it and keep believing. It's hard to believe when you're not getting results."