Second-half surge lifts St. Amant past H.L. Bourgeois

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
St. Amant running back Nathan Taylor gets out in front of the H.L. Bourgeois defense for a score. Photo by Dewey Keller.

St. Amant hosted their third straight game at The Pit on Friday night and for the third straight week, they lit up the scoreboard.

Like the previous week, the offensive explosion was enough to earn a victory--this time a 55-12 drubbing of H.L. Bourgeois.

"I have to give HLB a lot of credit. Those kids came out playing hard, they prepared well and had a good plan for us. We started out a little slow on offense," St. Amant head coach David Oliver said. "I thought we played well. We cleaned up the turnovers and had a clean game, and I was proud of our effort."

The slow start by the Gator offense allowed the Braves to hang tough early.

The game remained scoreless until right before the end of the first quarter when the St. Amant offense finally got something going. They went on a 10-play, 69-yard drive that ended with a three-yard touchdown run by Richard Williams.

The 7-0 lead carried over to the second quarter when H.L. Bourgeois broke out the trickery.

Jude Lecompte was the up-man for a punt. He caught the snap and took it to the outside where he found nothing be green grass--sprinting 50 yards for the touchdown. After a failed two-point try, they trailed 7-6.

On their next possession, quarterback Todd Adkins hit a wide-open Ritney Coleman for a 69-yard touchdown. After a missed extra point, H.L. Bourgeois led 12-6 midway through the second.

That's when the St. Amant offense finally got the shot of adrenaline it needed. Tyler Dixon hit Marquise Hampton for 64 yards to set the Gators up with a first and goal at the Brave 6-yard line.

Not long afterward, Dixon hit Nathan Taylor out of the backfield for a four-yard score to put St. Amant back on top at 14-12.

And right before the half, Dixon hit Justin Duhon with a pretty over-the-shoulder pass for a 35-yard score to give the Gators a 21-12 halftime lead.

The fireworks continued in the third for St. Amant.

On their opening possession of the second half, they marched 49 yards on nine plays and took a 28-12 lead when Dixon scored on a one-yard option-keeper.

The next time they got the ball, it only took them one play to score. Dixon hit the wide-open Hampton down the sideline for a 55-yard score to put the Gators up 35-12.

And to end the explosive third quarter, Taylor added a one-yard touchdown run to cap off a seven-play, 51-yard drive.

Already up 42-12 in the fourth quarter, the Gators added two more scores on the ground--a 19-yarder by Taylor and an eight-yarder by Alex Templet.

St. Amant's offense struggled early, but they really turned it on late--eating up 415 total yards and 55 points.

Taylor finished with 62 yards and two scores on the ground, and he had 43 yards receiving with a touchdown.

Hampton had six catches for 142 yards and a score while Duhon had six catches for 60 yards and a touchdown.

"We just missed a few plays early on," Oliver said. "We had a chance to make them, we just didn't, but then we started making them. Some of that was to H.L. Bourgeois' credit. They came out and played hard and gave us a great effort."

Dixon continued his strong play--completing 20 of 23 passes for 270 yards with three touchdowns. He also added a score on the ground.

"He's been playing great," Oliver said. "The entire unit is starting to come together offensively. We have good weapons and a lot of depth. The O-line hung in there. He's been playing well, and so has everyone else."

St. Amant is averaging 44 points a contest through three games, and their two wins have come by a combined score of 101-12.

Things will get much tougher this week as they go on the road to face 4A Lutcher--a team that beat Dutchtown in week one.