No. 3 Hahnville rallies by upset minded St. Amant

Michael Tortorich
St. Amant’s Nelson Jointer rushes against Hahnville in the Tigers’ 35-21 District 6-5A victory Friday night at the Pit.

ST. AMANT – Hahnville snuffed St. Amant’s fourth quarter rally with a pair of late touchdown runs.

Third-ranked Hahnville claimed a 35-21 win and at leaste a share of the District 6-5A championship despite a fiesty St. Amant squad and soggy field conditions at the Pit Friday night.

Hahnville (8-1, 4-0) took its first district championship since 2004 as running back Alfred Blue led the Tigers’ with four touchdown runs.

The win sets the stage for a showdown between Hahnville and East St. John (7-2, 3-1) Friday for the district title. East St. John comes off a loss against Dutchtown Friday, as the Griffins rolled to a 34-0 rout.

St. Amant (5-4, 0-4) lost its fourth straight game since jumping out to a 5-0 start.

Gators running back Nelson Jointer scored on a 1-yard run with 8:52 left in game to give St. Amant a 21-20 lead. The touchdown capped a 62-yard drive.

Hahnville answered with a 62-yard drive of its own, resulting in a 5-yard touchdown run by Blue.

The Tigers tacked on another score with 1:31 remaining when running back Lloyd Richard broke free on a trap play for a 69-yard scamper.

Blue carried 28 times and led all rushers with 200 yards. He scored on runs of 37, 10, 70 and 5 yards.Hahnville jumped out to a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter, powered by Blue’s first three touchdown runs.

“We came out smoking offensively,” Hahnville coach Lou Valdin said. “St. Amant figured out how we were defending their option. They made some adjustments and we made some in the fourth quarter. We’re just glad to get out of here with a win.”

St. Amant quarterback Tyler Guillory threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Tre Vaughan to put the Gators on the scoreboard with 1:17 to go before the half.

The Gators cut further into the lead in the third when Britton Day scored on a 6-yard run around the left side.

Vaughn led the Gators in rushing with 76 yards. He also caught two passes for 16 yards, including a touchdown. Day finished with 67 rushing yards and 33 receiving yards on two catches. Guillory rushed for 46 yards and went 7-of-17 passing for 108 yards and a touchdown. Guillory’s longest pass was 33 yards to Chase Keller, who caught two for 53 yards.

Hahnville quarterback Brian Ensminger threw for 166 yards, including six times to wide receiver James Butler for 111 yards.

The Gators host Destrehan Friday night at 7 p.m. in the last regular season game.

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St. Amant’s Chase Hitchcock drops Hahnville’s Alfred Blue for a loss in the Tigers’ 35-21 District 6-5A victory Friday night at the Pit. Blue ran for 200 yards and four touchdowns for the Hahnville.