While the St. Amant High School football team may have won the game on the field, organizers of a weeklong list of fundraisers said both schools came away as winners.
The annual East Ascension vs. St. Amant high school football rivalry turns into "hell week" every year as the students and alumni from the two schools compete throughout the week at several activities. The week includes a community pep rally, golf tournament, the Golden Cup games, a jambalaya boxed lunch sale and three football teams.
After all the competition, each school received a check for $10,000.
The schools' booster clubs organize the week.
"It take a lot of work, but it's all worth it in the end when we get to give out those big checks," said event organizer James LeBlanc.
The week started on Oct. 10 with the Ryder Cup, a golf tournament played at Pelican Point golf club. St. Amant won the tournament.
On Oct. 11, students from both schools met at the soccer fields in Gonzales for what is now called the Golden Cup games. The students played a variety of games, including flag football, volleyball, washer boards, horse shoes and a flying disc competition. The Spartans took home the 2016 Golden Cup trophy.
The Gator freshmen and junior varsity football teams beat East Ascension on Oct. 12 when the teams met at Spartan Stadium.
More than 1,500 plates of jambalaya were sold at lunchtime on Oct. 13 and the day ended with the Shout Out pep rally, which included speeches by coaches and alumni; performances by the bands, dance teams and cheerleaders and a yelling competition that is recorded with a decibel meter.
The St. Amant section recorded reading of 112.7 and 113.2, besting East Ascension.
On Friday, the Gators posted a 54-6 win.
In addition to the Shout Out week money raised, additional checks were presented during the game.
East Ascension High School presented a $20,334 check to St. Amant High. The money was raised in eight weeks as East Ascension sold specially-designed shirts noting the spirit shown after the recent floods, which closed St. Amant forcing the students to attend classes at Dutchtown High School.
Eatel presented LeBlanc, who serves as the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department chief, a $5,000 donation raised from the sale of sweatshirts purchased by students in elementary and middle school throughout the parish.
"I'ts been rough this year," LeBlanc said, "but we really needed this for the community."
LeBlanc's house was flooded and the department's stations and equipment were damaged. He said some doubted they could pull off the rivalry week.
"But, we made it through hell week," he said. "Like the flood, we persevered."