St. Amant rolls to fourth straight victory

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Quarterback Tyler Dixon (No. 8) and tailback Richard Williams (No. 4) have the Gator offense averaging 34 a game. Photo by Dewey Keller.

St. Amant lost the opening game of the season to Warren Easton. They have not tasted defeat ever since.

The Gators have used solid defense and a strong running game to put together a four-game winning streak. The latest victory in that streak came Friday night for Homecoming at The Pit when they beat John Ehret 31-16 despite a sloppy effort.

St. Amant got off to a great start as they took the opening lead on the foot of Trey Belleu. Belleu's 38-yard field goal pushed them out to a 3-0 lead, and that was followed by a 47-yard touchdown connection between Tyler Dixon and Marquise Hampton.

Sitting in the 10-0 hole, Ehret finally got on the board with the aid of the Gator defense.

First, a St. Amant interception was negated because of a pass interference call and then, the Gators gave them 30 more free yards courtesy of two personal foul penalties.

With the 44 bonus yards, the Patriots took advantage. Quarterback Theron Williams ran in a 14-yard touchdown and on the ensuing extra point, Taris Shanell kept his cool after catching a high snap and alertly ran it into the end zone for a two-point conversion.

It cut the lead to 10-8 late in the first, but St. Amant quickly responded.

Dixon put more points on the board--this time on the ground. He scored from 26 yards out on a quarterback keeper to give the Gators a 17-8 lead, but Ehret remained stubborn.

They got more help from St. Amant as the Gators gave them 30 more yards in personal foul penalties.

They used that as a springboard as they marched downfield and made it all pay off with a two-yard touchdown run by Williams. It cut the St. Amant lead to 17-16 at the half.

That was the last time Ehret scored. In the second half, it was all Gators.

Clinging to the one-point lead, Dixon put St. Amant on the board again. This time, he powered his way into the end zone for a 14-yard score to extend the lead to 24-16 late in the third.

And to start the fourth, the Gators put the game away. A 23-yard hookup from Dixon to Evan Matheny set up a one-yard touchdown run by Cody Raffray to put the lead to 31-16.

It was all the advantage St. Amant needed as they held on to get the win. The victory put the Gators at 4-1. In their four victories, St. Amant has only given up seven points per contest.

They'll have to be on their game next week because the schedule is about to get kicked up a notch.

The Gators are now ready to start District 5-5A play and to start it off, they have to play the district favorite, No. 10 Catholic at The Pit. The Bears are also 4-1 and beat St. Amant last year 31-14.