St. Amant beats Dutchtown for the first time in school history

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
St. Amant's Desmond Allen (No. 49) and Elliot Turner (No. 90) bring down Dutchtown quarterback Brandt Fritsche in the Gators' 21-18 win. Photo by Dewey Keller.

On Friday night, one streak continued and another ended.

The St. Amant Gators notched their third straight victory as they went on the road and took down Dutchtown for the first time in school history. The 21-18 win ended a dubious streak of 10 straight losses to the Griffins.

"It's been a long time coming," Gator head coach David Oliver said. "Our kids fought, and it went down to the wire like it always does. I'm just glad we were able to come out on top."

St. Amant fought back from a 6-0 halftime deficit with 21 unanswered points in the third quarter and then made a couple of big plays on defense to hang on to the win.

Although, early on, the Griffins looked primed to improve to 11-0 all time against the Gators.

They took the ball to start the game and marched 82 yards in 13 plays. To finish off the march, Kajuan Coleman scored from three yards out.

After an offsides penalty on the extra point attempt, Dutchtown decided to go for two, but they came up short.

For the rest of the half, the defenses dominated. Despite the two teams combining for three turnovers, neither squad could put any points on the board.

The drought quickly ended as the third quarter began.

After being stymied in the first half, St. Amant put together a quick three-play, 74-yard drive to open up the quarter.

To finally get on the board, they went to a bit of trickery. Like the week before against East Ascension, Briggs Bourgeois scored on a reverse--this time from 38 yards.

The score gave St. Amant their first lead of the game at 7-6.

Dutchtown was forced to punt on their next possession. A low snap forced the punter to go low to scoop up the ball. When he did, his knee touched down--giving St. Amant the ball at the Griffin 29-yard line.

The Gators quickly made Dutchtown pay. Tyler Dixon threw a backwards pass to Marquise Hampton, and he threw it back to Dixon for a 23-yard gain. That led to Richard Williams pounding it in from four yards out to extend the St. Amant lead to 14-6.

The Gator defense then stepped up and forced a big turnover on downs at the Griffin 44-yard line.

Six plays later, Dixon hit Ethan Babin for a nine-yard score to extend the St. Amant lead to 21-6.

For a while, it was looking like a lost cause for Dutchtown, but their defense gave them new life.

Dixon was sacked, and the ball came loose. Javad Ben scooped it up and ran it all the way to the Gator 15.

However, St. Amant forced a fourth and one at the 6-yard line. Coleman tried to get the yard, but he was stuffed by the Gator defense--forcing Dutchtown to turn the ball over on downs.

The Griffins had another opportunity in the fourth when they took over at the St. Amant 30 after a short punt but on their first play, they fumbled the ball away.

Dutchtown finally ended their scoreless streak midway through the fourth when Brandt Fritsche hit Johnathan Hodoh on a crossing pattern. Hodoh cut it up the sideline and sprinted 73 yards for a score. Though, the Griffins missed the extra point, so they still trailed by two scores at 21-12.

They got the ball back late, and Fritsche quickly marched them 60 yards downfield in just five plays. Coleman finished it off with a one-yard score. After another missed extra point by Justin Reid, Dutchtown trailed 21-18 with 1:03 remaining.

Their last chance at a miraculous win was an onside kick, but it was recovered by St. Amant and with the recovery, they put an end to 10 years of bitter frustration.

"It was a complete team effort," Oliver said. "Our defense played great, and I feel great for our seniors because we've been close. We've been ahead at halftime the past four times, and it's nice to get over the hump."

Even though the Gators were out-gained 349-226, they made the plays when they had to make them--especially in the third quarter.

Dixon had a great all-around game. Though he only threw for 82 yards and a score, he added 30 yards on the ground, and he even had two catches for 43 yards.

"They've been here all year for us, and they came out with some spark and made a few big plays," Oliver said. "Briggs Bourgeois had a nice run on the end-around. That kind of opened up some things, and we were able to control the field position through a great defensive effort and also a great effort in special teams."

Fritsche went 16-36 for 251 yards with one score and one interception for Dutchtown. Coleman led the Griffins on the ground as he carried the ball 16 times for 46 yards with two touchdowns.

After a blowout loss to Catholic and an ugly 7-3 defeat at home to McKinley, the Gators looked dead in the water. But they'll now carry a three-game winning streak into the playoffs.