A victory at home over a 1-2 Class 4A team may look rather pedestrian on the surface, but it was a big step in the process of St. Amant becoming the team they aspire to be.

A victory at home over a 1-2 Class 4A team may look rather pedestrian on the surface, but it was a big step in the process of St. Amant becoming the team they aspire to be.

Coming off of an emotional 36-34 come-from-behind road win over defending 3A champion Lutcher, it would have been easy for the Gators to pat themselves on the back. It would have been easy for them to look at Woodlawn's record and simply go through the motions.

It's something that they've done in the past, but it didn't happen at The Pit last Friday night.

Instead, St. Amant came out firing on all cylinders. They unleashed a 37-point first-quarter blitzkrieg upon the Panthers, and they could never recover.

In the end, the Gators completed an impressive 58-0 shutout victory to improve to a perfect 4-0.

To start the game against their former District 5-5A rival, the potent St. Amant offense picked up where they left off against Lutcher.

They quickly marched 71 yards downfield and they took the lead with a five-yard touchdown pass from Hayden Mallory to Larson Fontenot.

When Woodlawn was forced to punt after their opening possession, the Gators took over in prime real-estate at the Panther 47.

It took them just one play to expand their lead as Mallory hit Ivan Prejean for the 47-yard score.

It was then time for the St. Amant defense to get involved in the scoring.

On Woodlawn's next possession, quarterback Devin Whiting was picked off by Kahj Washington. Washington returned the interception 68 yards for the score to put the Gators up 23-0.

After the St. Amant defense forced another quick punt on Woodlawn's next drive, Gator basketball star KJ Franklin broke loose on a 22-yard return.

The scamper set up the Gators with a first down at the Panther 36.

Not long afterward, Mallory hit Jacob Cheatwood for a 19-yard score to put St. Amant up 30-0.

The first-quarter onslaught was finally completed when Briggs Bourgeois fielded a Woodlawn punt and returned it 48 yards for a score.

With the commanding 37-0 advantage, it was smooth sailing for the Gators.

Mallory would eventually toss two more touchdown strikes--one going to Prejean from 12 yards out and another going to Bourgeois for 18 yards.

In just the first half, Mallory went 10-15 for 160 yards and five touchdowns.

As dominant as the Gator offense was, the defense was just as ferocious.

In addition to keeping Woodlawn out of the end zone, they held the Panther offense to just 144 total yards and only 66 yards through the air.

For the second straight season, St. Amant has now started off a perfect 4-0.

Their offense has been prolific. In the four victories, the Gators are averaging 44 points per game.

It's hard to see St. Amant falling from the ranks of the unbeaten any time soon. This week, they'll hit the road to play another overmatched 4A squad in South Terrebonne.

South Terrebonne is winless and fresh off of a 30-0 loss to Dutchtown. They have only scored 6 points through four games.