Ran over

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
St. Amant's Cody Raffray runs over a Luther defender after a catch in the Gators' 44-12 win. Photo by Furlow's Photography.

St. Amant might not have secured a third straight shutout win, but that's about the only thing you could nit-pick about as the Gators ran over Lutcher 44-12 last Friday night.

They dominated from the very beginning--scoring on their first five offensive possessions and jumping all over the Bulldogs 31-6 at halftime.

"We came out and established the tempo on offense, created some big turnovers on defense, had some great field position and special teams were solid. That helped us get out to a big lead," St. Amant head coach David Oliver said.

The Gators set the tone early with their offense as they marched 82 yards in 15 plays for their opening possession and made it all pay off with a two-yard touchdown run by Richard Williams.

On their second possession, they put together another long drive. This one marched them 59 yards in 11 plays and put them up 10-0 after a 20-yard field goal by Trey Belleu.

In the double-digit hole, Lutcher's Nick Bourgeois fumbled the ball away--giving the Gators a first down at the Bulldog 25-yard line.

Just four plays later, Cody Raffray pounded his way up the middle for a score. And after taking over at the Lutcher 28-yard line after a very short kick, Tyler Dixon hit Evan Matheny on a crossing route. He cut it up the sideline and scored from 23 yards out to put St. Amant up 24-0.

Matheny wasn't done shredding Lutcher's defense. On the Gators' next drive, he carried the ball up the middle on fourth-and-four, broke a tackle and outran all Bulldog defenders for a 39-yard touchdown.

Bourgeois scored on a 16-yard touchdown run for Lutcher to cut the lead to 31-6 at halftime, but the St. Amant defense never let them make a run.

Instead, the Gators got right back on the scoreboard after driving 55 yards on seven plays. Dixon hit Matheny in the middle of the end zone for a 13-yard score to stretch the lead out to 38-7.

Lutcher scored one more time, but St. Amant made them earn it. To cut the lead to 38-12, they were forced to drive 80 yards on 18 plays before quarterback Christian Matherne scrambled in for a four-yard score.

The Gators ended the game with two field goals from Belleu--one from 33 and the other from 43 yards out.

The domination wasn't just on the scoreboard; it was pretty evident in box score as well. St. Amant outgained Lutcher 355-235.

Matherne ran for 69 yards and a score, and Dondre Semien had 98 yards on 21 carries, but the Bulldogs could only muster 50 passing yards.

Dixon was very proficient in the air and on the ground. He completed nine of 13 passes for 91 yards and two scores, and he ran the ball 10 times for 82 yards.

Matheny showed his tremendous versatility--running nine times for 59 yards and a score and catching three passes for 48 yards and two touchdowns.

"I don't think we played real well before tonight, so I was glad we got to come out and execute in all three phases and play a complete game," Oliver said. "We were real good on offense and defense in the first game. We were good on defense but sloppy on offense in the second game and again last week, so it was good to get a complete effort."

The Gators have now won three straight after dropping the opener to Warren Easton 31-29. They'll try to extend the winning streak this Friday as they take on John Ehret in The Pit.