St. Amant blasts Bonnabel to remain undefeated

Peter Silas Pasqua
St. Amant’s Tre Vaughn slips by Bonnabel’s Michael Naylor for an 18-yard pickup in the third quarter of the Gators’ 53-21 victory Thursday night at Joe Yenni Stadium.

METAIRIE – St. Amant (4-0) scored in every quarter getting multiple touchdowns from Nelson Jointer, Tyler Guillory and Tre` Vaughn to remain undefeated with a 53-21 shellacking of Bonnabel Thursday night at Joe Yenni Stadium.

Justin Manton nailed a school record 54-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to put St. Amant ahead 18-6 before the Gators scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to put away the Bruins and stay unblemished after an 0-9 campaign a year ago.

“We feel like we have a pretty good football team,” St. Amant head coach David Oliver said. “Each week there is going to be more and more at stake. On the horizon is what we feel is the most competitive district in the state. Hopefully we are able to keep our momentum. The kids are fired up about the way we are playing right now and we just have to keep it going.

“We have a lot of confidence in our kicker and the field goal really ignited our kids. That got us revved and we played a very nice second half.”

St. Amant limited Bonnabel (0-4) to under 200 total yards of offense and picked off quarterback Carroll Barriere twice.

“We are just a young football team,” Bonnabel head coach Craig Lingle said. “We are learning and getting better but St. Amant is a very good football team. We just made a lot of mistakes and have to eliminate them and to do a better job of playing our assignments.”

Vaughn led St. Amant with 99 yards on nine attempts, while Britton Day provided 70 yards on six totes and Guillory had 67 yards on 11 carries and also completed 5-of-9 passes for 120 yards.

St. Amant scored on its first two possessions to take a 15-0 lead. Vaughn’s 2-yard run put the Gators on the board after Guillory connected with Shaft Graves for 27 yards. Guillory hit Chase Keller on the conversion to put St. Amant ahead 8-0 with 9:17 left in the first quarter.

Jointer capped the Gators’ next series with a 3-yard burst with 2:05 left in the quarter. Keller converted a third down with a 26-yard reception before Day’s 24-yard gallop put the Gators in the red zone. Breck Schexnayder snatched Guillory’s offering for a 19-yard gain to erase a holding penalty and Jointer converted a third down to set up the score.

“It is always nice to get a quick start when you are on the road,” Oliver said. “Championship teams are able to do that. We came out and got a couple of quick touchdowns and that makes you feel good about the game plan. The kids just have to go out and execute the assignments and I thought they did a nice job of that.”

Bonnabel answered on the ensuing possession when Barriere hit Robert Horton in the end zone from 20 yards out to cap a 13-play, 80-yard drive with 5:43 left in the half.

Kenneth Smith intercepted Guillory on the next series but St. Amant held and Day’s 25-yard scamper set up Manton’s long kick that sailed through the uprights.

Vaughn returned the second half kickoff 76 yards and Jointer capped the 4-play drive with a 7-yard rumble into the end zone. Manton’s kick put St. Amant ahead 25-6 with 9:55 left in the third quarter.

Guillory capped the Gators’ next possession with a 12-yard run up the middle after Vaughn kick started the 6-play, 53-yard drive with runs of 12 and 18 yards.

Barriere returned the ensuring kickoff 64 yards and found his way into the end zone from 7 yards two plays later before running in the conversion to cut it to 32-14 with 5:04 left in the quarter.

Guillory answered with a 5-yard sprint to the left corner to cap the 5-play drive after hitting Keller for a 40-yard reception.

Wendell Williams intercepted Barriere on the next play from scrimmage but James Roach snatched Guillory a play later.

Romel Streit sacked Barriere for an 11-yard loss before Schexnayder returned an interception 44 yards to set up Jointer’s 1-yard plunge with 7:55 left to play.

St. Amant held on fourth down after Robert Smith’s 28-yard gain and Vaughn blazed 55 yards to pay dirt on the next play. Manton’s kick gave the Gators a 53-14 lead with 4:34 left to play.

Barriere would connect with Horton once more from 5-yards to reflect the final tally with 24 second remaining.

St. Amant was without offensive coordinator and former principal and head coach Doug Moreau who had open heart surgery last week. Moreau was expected to be released from the hospital over the weekend.

“We want to dedicate this win to him and I am sure he would be proud with the effort we put forward,” Oliver said. “He has put a tremendous amount of heart, blood, tears and soul in the St. Amant community and we played inspired football to honor him.”

St. Amant hosts Sarah Reed Friday night at the Pit for homecoming.

St. Amant’s Justin Manton connects on a school record 54-yard field goal on the last play of the first half as Tyler Guillory holds and Chase Keller provides blocking during the Gators’ 53-21 victory over Bonnabel Thursday night at Joe Yenni Stadium.