Gator offense impressive in win over Live Oak
The St. Amant Gators continued the offensive rhythm they built in the second half of their jamboree against East Ascension to roll up 32 first-half points on Live Oak and cruise to a 35-13 week-one victory.
The Gator attack has been impressive since the end of their matchup with the Spartans.
In the first half of the jamboree, St. Amant fell down 21-0 after some costly turnovers, but in the second half, they hit their stride and put up 14 points.
First-year starting quarterback Hayden Mallory bounced back after an early interception and threw for 217 yards and two scores.
His hot hand carried over to last Friday night against Live Oak as he cashed in another proficient outing that yielded multiple touchdown passes.
Despite being on the road, the Gators were firing on all cylinders early.
They drove 54 yards on nine plays for their opening drive, and they took the opening lead when Mallory hit Jacob Cheatwood for a 10-yard touchdown connection.
Mallory then hit Landon Boudreaux for the two-point try to give St. Amant an 8-0 lead.
On their next drive, the Gators marched 78 yards on just five plays. They scored when Mark Darby broke loose on a 44-yard touchdown run to give them a 15-0 advantage.
In the second quarter, Jerrick Beckwith picked off a Ryan Morris pass to place the Gators deep in Live Oak territory.
Just two plays later, Mallory hit Larson Fontenot for an 18-yard score to stretch the lead to 22-0.
After a short Eagle punt, St. Amant began their next drive on the Eagle 37-yard line. Just three plays into the drive, Mallory hit Briggs Bourgeois for a 20-yard score.
To end the first-half scoring barrage, Bourgeois made his presence felt in special teams as he booted a spectacular 51-yard field goal to give the Gators a commanding 32-0 lead at the break.
In the second half, the St. Amant offense coasted, and they were only able to add one more Bourgeois field goal.
Meanwhile, Live Oak was finally able to get on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.
They scored their first points after a 17-play, 88-yard drive, and later, they added a defensive touchdown when Cade Guillory picked up a Gator fumble and returned it 55 yards for a score.
As sharp as St. Amant's offense played when their starters were still in, their defense played just as well.
They harassed Morris all night--coming up with six sacks and two interceptions. He was only able to complete 13 of 31 passes for 138 yards.
On the ground, the Eagles' leading rusher could only accumulate 21 yards.
It was quite a different story for the Gator offense.
Mallory was on point once again as he went an efficient 15-20 for 200 yards and three scores. He completed 12 of his first 15 passes with two of the incompletions being the result of dropped passes.
The victory pushed St. Amant to 1-0. It made them the only Ascension team from District 5-5A to win their season opener as both Dutchtown and East Ascension tasted defeat.
The Gators will play in the friendly confines of "The Pit" on Friday night as they host 0-1 L.W. Higgins.