Gators playing for tradition when they host Hahnville

Peter Silas Pasqua
St. Amant’s Adrian Bourgeois scores on a 4-yard run last week against Dutchtown. Bourgeois and the Gators host Hahnville Friday night.

ST. AMANT - With 10 district championships in a 30-year history, St. Amant’s football program has a long line of tradition.

St. Amant (0-8, 0-4) will attempt to harness that when they step on the field to try to prevent a winless season Friday night at The Pit in a District 5-5A matchup against Hahnville.

“The question that you now have to ask yourself is what are we playing for,” St. Amant head coach David Oliver said in the program’s “O” Yeah Newsletter. “My answer to you is simple. It is pride.”

St. Amant, in its first year under Oliver, has not gone winless since going 0-10 in 1979, the second year of the program.

“There is always silver linings,” Oliver said after a 56-21 loss to Dutchtown last week. “I am sure we will be able to take some positive and be able to move forward to take it into the offseason and try to improve this program.”

Hahnville (5-3, 2-2) is coming off a 35-28 overtime loss to East St. John. The Tigers, under head coach Lou Valdin, are currently 21st in unofficial power ratings, while St. Amant is 51st.

Jai Steib has led Hahnville on offense with 493 yards on 126 attempts to go with 10 touchdowns this season, while Alfred Blue has added 401 yards on 77 attempts  with seven touchdowns. Guiseppe Crovetto completed 10  of 18 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns last week to up his season totals to 556 yards and seven touchdowns on 41-of-101 attempts. His top targets are James Butler who caught four passes for 87 yards and has 23 receptions for 373 yards on the season and Blaise Dempster who hauled in five passes for 78 yards last week.

St. Amant’s defense surrendered more than 400 yards to Dutchtown last week including 298 yards on the ground allowing the Griffins to score on their first five possessions. The Gators have given up 38.5 points per game this season.

Hahnville has limited opponents to 21.25 points per game this season. The Tigers surrendered 275 yards of total offense to East St. John last week, with 179 coming on the ground and although they forced five fumbles, failed to recover any.

Tyler Guillory started the Gators at quarterback last week and led the offensive attack throwing for 143 yards and one touchdown on 9-of-24 attempts, while adding 50 yards on the ground on 17 carries in replacement of Jaylin LeBlanc, St. Amant’s starter throughout the season, who did not play. LeBlanc has passed for 545 yards this season completing 32-of-77 passes and has added 291 yards on the ground toting 91 times and scoring five touchdowns.

“I thought (Guillory) had his moments,” Oliver said last week. “He made a few freshmen mistakes but he gave us some things. It looks like our future is bright although our present has not been where we want it to be.”

Fullback Adrian Bourgeois has led the Gators ground attack with 393 yards on 73 attempts, while Tre` Vaughn has added 348 yards on 59 carries.  Both scored last week. St. Amant’s top receivers are Anthony Bonadona who has caught 12 passes for 248 yards and Chase Keller who has hauled in 15 catches for 194 yards including six receptions for 81 yards last week.