Hahnville overcomes St. Amant’s upset bid
ST. AMANT - St. Amant took a 14-13 lead late in the third quarter but Hahnville rode running Alfred Blue the rest of the way to 42-28 District 6-5A victory Friday night at The Pit.
“We have worked really hard and started seeing it pay off,” St. Amant head coach David Oliver said. “It just wasn’t meant to be. They are a good football team but I think we have a bright future.
“It is hard on our seniors to have to go through what they did this season but they know they have laid the foundation for the program.”
St. Amant (0-9, 0-5) missed out on the playoffs for the second consecutive season. No. 20 seed Hahnville (6-3, 3-2) will travel to No. 13 seed Dutchtown (7-2, 3-2) Friday night at Griffin Field for a Class 5A bi-district playoff.
Tre` Vaughn capped a 5-play, 90-yard drive with a 16-yard run wide left into the end zone with 2:15 left to play in the third quarter and Colby Robert’s kick put the Gators ahead 14-13.
Quarterback Tyler Guillory hit Adrian Bourgeois for a 49-yard completion out of the backfield before connecting with Matt Marrero for 18 more to set up the score.
Hahnville quickly answered on the ensuing possession when quarterback Guiseppe Crovetto scrambled 43 yards on third down and Blue capped the 6-play, 63-yard drive with a 5-yard scamper into the end zone. Blue ran in the conversion to put the Tigers ahead 21-14 with 54 seconds remaining in the quarter.
St. Amant was forced into a three-and-out on the next series and Blue capped the ensuing 7-play, 51-yard drive with a 13-yard run around the left side. Blue carried six times for 40 yards on the possession and LaRousse’s kick made it 28-14 with 8:14 left to play.
The Gators answered four plays later when Guillory hit Marrero for a 27-yard scoring strike after connected with Vaughn for a 28-yard pickup. Robert’s kick cut it to 28-21 wit 6:25 left to play.
Blue jaunted 51 yards to pay dirt three plays into the next series and LaRousse’s kick gave the Tigers a 35-21 lead with 4:53 left to play.
But St. Amant was not done and Guillory’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Chase Keller capped the ensuing 12-play, 81-yard drive. Guillory connected with Marrero for 18 yards and Vaughn for 25 more to fuel the drive before Vaughn’s 6-yard run converted a fourth down to keep the drive alive. LaRousse’s kick cut it to 35-28 with 2:15 left to play.
Jai Steib sealed the victory for Hahnville with a 1-yard burst with 12 seconds remaining to cap a 5-play, 49-yard drive on the ensuing possession. Blue’s 45-yard run kick started the drive and LaRousse’s kick reflected the final tally.
Wendell Boyd sacked Guillory for a 10-yard loss on the final play of the game.
Crovetto connected with Jared Harrell for a 23-yard scoring strike on Hahnville’s opening possession of the game to cap a 6-play, 61-yard drive. Steib’s 19-yard run ignited the series and LaRousse’s kick gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead 7:44 left in the first quarter.
LaRousse’s 33-yard field goal capped the Tigers’ next 12-play, 43-yard possession to make it 10-0 with 41 seconds left in the quarter. Blue’s 11-yard run kick started the drive before Crovetto connected with Blue and Dempster each for 10 yards.
Wayne Douglas returned Steib’s fumble 52 yards two possessions to the Tiger 8 later and Bourgeois got the Gators on the board with a 4-yard romp two plays later. Robert’s kick cut it to 10-7 with 6:28 left in the first half.
Hahnville drove into field goal range on the ensuing possession behind Blue’s runs of 15, 15 and 11 yards and after Chase Hitchcock sacked Crovetto for a 6-yard loss, the quarterback hit James Butler for a 10-yard reception to set up LaRousse’s 39-yard field goal to make it 13-7 with 2:18 left to play.
Blue led all rushers with 303 yards on 33 carries, while Steib added 65 yards on 14 attempts.
Vaughn rushed for 37 yards on nine attempts and Bourgeois added 27 yards on nine carries.
Guillory completed nine of 15 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns. Marrero hauled in receptions for 63 yards.