Feeding off of the emotions of The Pit's rowdy crowd, St. Amant rolled to a 50-14 victory over L.W. Higgins to improve to 2-0.

Just three weeks ago, St. Amant residents were stuck in the midst of a natural disaster. Many of their hopes and good spirits were lost, along with the houses and businesses they worked so hard to build.

When the waters did subside, so many were faced with the arduous task of rebuilding. Some had to start from scratch.

It has been a laborious process. At times, it has been bleak, but last Friday night, the people of St. Amant were finally able to enjoy a slice of normalcy.

They all converged on The Pit. Not so long ago, it was surrounded by water. On this night, it hosted the St. Amant Gators' home opener.

St. Amant returned to the field last week when they cruised past Live Oak, 31-6, but there's no place like home.

Feeding off of the emotions of The Pit's rowdy crowd, St. Amant rolled to a 50-14 victory over L.W. Higgins to improve to 2-0.

To start the game, a helicopter transported Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander and St. Amant High Principal Mia Edwards to the field to deliver the game ball.

The early-game pageantry didn't intimidate Higgins as they scored on their opening possession to take an 8-0 lead, but St. Amant quickly responded.

They marched the ball 58 yards downfield and eventually tied the game with a four-yard touchdown pass from Hayden Mallory to Jacob Cheatwood.

The Gators added another score and two-point try to take a 16-8 advantage into the second quarter.

To start the period, linebacker Cade Roddy came up with an interception at the Higgins 25-yard line. The turnover opened the flood gates for the Gators.

Mark Darby eventually scored on a two-yard run to extend the St. Amant lead to 24-8.

Even when Mallory was later picked off at the Hurricane goal line, the Gator defense stood firm and got the ball back for the senior QB to redeem himself.

He did just that. Mallory led St. Amant downfield and gave his team a commanding 31-8 halftime lead after a two-yard touchdown run.

To start the second half, the Gator offense was back on the move. They quickly marched downfield and went up 37-8 with a five-yard touchdown run by Darby.

With the game well in hand, many St. Amant reserves got their chance to shine in the fourth quarter.

Backup quarterback Halen Miller broke loose on a 16-yard touchdown run to put the icing on the big home win.

The Gator offense was just as explosive as many thought it would be before the season began. In addition to the 50 points, they piled up 440 total yards.

On the ground, Darby led the way with 65 yards rushing and two scores.

Mallory uncharacteristically threw two interceptions, but his stat line remained solid as he completed 13 of 20 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns.

The victory improved St. Amant to 2-0 overall, but this week, they'll be faced with their greatest test as they go on the road to face Lutcher--the top-ranked team in Class 3A.

Last season, the Bulldogs only lost one game on their way to winning the state title. That one defeat came against St. Amant in a 21-20 thriller.