The Gators chomp on Woodlawn
St. Amant made last week's loss to Dutchtown a quick thing of the past Friday night when they shut out Woodlawn in The Pit 42-0.
The No. 17 Gators got off to a sluggish start early. Whether they were still a little let down after the loss in last week's much-hyped matchup or just not taking the winless Panthers seriously, St. Amant only led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
That lead was achieved on a 43-yard touchdown run by Jamal Vaughn off of an option-pitch.
Up by the score, the Gators exploded in the second quarter for 21 points to put the game out of reach by halftime.
The scoring flurry started with long 93-yard drive that was capped off by a little trickery. Trey Washington usually makes his living by running through defenders for scores. However, to put St. Amant up 14-0, he threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Cody Raffray.
It was then that big plays started to come in bunches for the Gators.
Kirk Elisar showed his versatility in back-to-back drives. First, he busted free for a 61-yard touchdown run. And on St. Amant's next possession, he caught a Beau Nickel pass downfield and powered his way into the end zone to give the Gators a commanding 28-0 halftime lead.
Elisar continued putting on a show in the second half. He shook defenders again for a 24-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to stretch the St. Amant lead to 35-0.
And to put the finishing touches on the shutout victory, Raffray ran his way to a 19-yard touchdown.
The Gator offense put up big numbers all night. Along with the 42 points, they amassed 518 total yards that included 312 yards on the ground.
Elisar made up a big chunk of that total as he reeled off 117 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He added the receiving score.
Vaughn kept pace as he nearly broke the 100-yard mark--finishing the night up with 94 yards and a touchdown.
The St. Amant defense dominated yet again. Not only did they keep Woodlawn off of the scoreboard, but they held the Panthers to just 153 total yards.
Jacob Morales highlighted the effort as he picked off a pass in the end zone and returned it 44 yards--ending the Panthers' best chance to score.
Woodlawn remained winless with the loss, and things certainly aren't looking up for next week. They'll host No. 5 Dutchtown.
As for the Gators, they now improve to 5-1 and notch their first district victory of the year.
They'll keep trying to improve those marks starting this Friday night when they go on the road to face 4-3 McKinley.