Griffins push past St. Amant in overtime to wrap up district championship

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Ryan Reid maintains possession as St. Amant’s Cody Nickle defends in the Griffins’ 4-2 District 6-I victory Friday night at Griffin Field.

GEISMAR – Dutchtown was forced into overtime by St. Amant but came away with a 4-2 District 6-I victory to wrap up the district championship for the second consecutive season and fifth time in eight years Friday night at Griffin Field.

The Griffins (16-3-3, 8-0) outshot St. Amant (15-9-3, 4-4) 10-5 in the first half but found themselves down 1-0 on a goal by Trett Bourgeois.

“We did not start the game and play the first half with any intensity,” Dutchtown head coach Larry Chambless said. “We seemed to be going through the motions and  I think the boys felt a little too relaxed coming into this game. We called upon our seniors to provide us with some leadership in the second half and they did just that. We were confident that if we picked up the intensity we could generate opportunities.”

Ricky Lawrence provided a hat trick for Dutchtown with three goals while Colin Poche added one.

“St. Amant had a good game plan tonight,” Chambless aid. “They attacked with two guys and kept numbers back to neutralize our speed.  They played direct to keep the ball on our half of the field as much as possible and it paid off. They played as organized and focused as I've seen them play this year.”

Dutchtown knotted it up 12 minutes into the second half when Lawrence converted on a combination from Ryan Reid through Lloyd Johnson. Poche dribbled through the Gator defense three minutes later to give the Griffins a 2-1 lead.

“We played extremely well in the first half but Dutchtown is very disciplined and  their halftime adjustments worked,” St. Amant head coach Adrian Garcia said. “I'm super proud of our guys for not giving up and we know we will learn from this game. We hope to finish strong next week and make the playoffs. That is our main goal.”

Lambert scored in the 80th minute to force overtime on a long shot from past  30 yards.

Lawrence put Dutchtown ahead in the extra period by converting a penalty kick after beating the last defender and pushing the ball by the charging goalkeeper who committed the foul.

Lawrence reflected the final tally three minutes later from a pass from?Ryan Willis before beating defenders and dribbling around the keeper at the edge of the box and walking into the net.

“At this point it's about making them as ready as possible for the playoffs,”?Chambless said. “My hopes are that these moments payoff down the road. We have a very organized and veteran defense and you want to head into the playoffs peaking.”