St. Amant and Dutchtown limped into last Friday night's matchup at The Pit, but it was the Gators that came out standing tall with a 24-17 victory thanks to dominant defense and steady quarterback play.

St. Amant and Dutchtown limped into last Friday night's matchup at The Pit, but it was the Gators that came out standing tall with a 24-17 victory thanks to dominant defense and steady quarterback play.

After the Gators allowed the Griffins to kick a field goal that tied the game at 17 with just over seven minutes remaining in the third quarter, they pitched a shutout for the rest of the game.

They also added a 10-yard K.J. Franklin touchdown run that proved to be the game-winner.

"We played extremely hard. I don't know how smart we played, but I admire our effort, and I admire the way we were able to stick to it and pull the win out," St. Amant head coach David Oliver said.

St. Amant came into the contest looking to rebound after a 51-21 blowout loss to Catholic the previous week. Dutchtown was desperate for a win after losing back-to-back games.

The Griffins got off to a good start as they drove the ball to the St. Amant 24 on their opening possession, but the drive stalled. They were forced to settle for a 41-yard field goal from Hayden Sosa, which sailed wide left.

The Gators took advantage as they put together an eight-play, 76-yard drive that ended with a four-yard touchdown run by Franklin to give them the lead.

However, Dutchtown began their next drive at the St. Amant 44 following a big kick return by Tavian Bishop.

On their first play, quarterback Drelon Monroe got the ball to backup quarterback Grant Arnett with a backward pass. Arnett then fired it downfield to Jadyn McKinney for a 44-yard tying score.

St. Amant took the lead with a 33-yard Matthew Parker field goal to end the first quarter.

To extend their lead to 17-7, they went on a four-play, 54-yard drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown run by quarterback Kaleb Thompson.

With less than a minute remaining in the half, it appeared that score would stick, but Blayden Louis broke free on a 55-yard run to the Gator 5-yard line.

On the next play, Terry Matthews caught a touchdown pass off of a deflection to cut the deficit to 17-14 at the break.

To start the second half, Dutchtown recovered a fumble at the St. Amant 49 and took advantage with a 38-yard Sosa field goal to tie the game.

But after that score, the Griffin offense was totally stymied.

Meanwhile, St. Amant put together a seven-play, 60-yard drive to end the third quarter. It culminated in a 10-yard touchdown run by Franklin to put them ahead 24-17.

This lead was never in any danger until two minutes left in the game. With St. Amant trying to run out the clock, Franklin fumbled, and Dutchtown recovered at the Gator 41.

But St. Amant's defense stood tall, not allowing them to pick up a single first down.

"That defense, they've been doing it all year," Dutchtown head coach Guy Mistretta said. "They don't quit; they fight to the very end. They gave us an opportunity there, but we had a couple of mis-reads on that last drive. We had no timeouts and just a minute left, and they were pinning their ears back. Credit those guys. They put us in bad situations all night."

Franklin finished with 88 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He added 83 yards receiving.

The quarterback duo of Thompson and Lathan Bourgeois collectively completed 20 of 27 passes for 227 yards.

"They stayed in there," Oliver said. "We were able to move the ball some and produce some offense. We still have some work to do, but at the end of the day, we never trailed in this game, and it was enough to win."

Dutchtown was limited to just 213 total yards.

After rushing for 59 yards in the first half, Louis was held to just 14 yards on 11 carries in the second.

"They started bringing more pressure in the second half, much more than they brought in the first half," Mistretta said. "At the end of the first half, Blayden got loose on a big run. They weren't loading the box. After the field goal, they did. It really gave us trouble. We weren't picking it up, up front. They did a great job defensively."