GONZALES - Tyler Guillery connected with Tylor Gonzales for a two-point conversion with 19 seconds left to lift St. Amant to an 8-7 win over Dutchtown to highlight action at the LeBlanc’s Food Stores Ascension Parish Jamboree.
The duo had hooked up seconds earlier for a 12-yard touchdown to cap a 10-play drive that began at midfield. St. Amant converted three third downs in the series, the last resulting in Gonzales’ score.
East Ascension hosted the jamboree, and played Donaldsonville to a 14-14 tie in the opener. Dutchtown then edged the Spartans 7-0 in the second contest. St. Amant and Donaldsonville played to a scoreless tie in the final game.
“I don’t ever like to lose,” Dutchtown coach Benny Saia said. “But if we can learn from it and get better from it, then it’s a lesson that doesn’t cost us anything. I think it will probably make the first week in district a little more interesting.”
Dutchtown scored the first time it had the ball to take a 7-0 lead over East Ascension with 9:19 to go. The Griffins started near midfield, but had to overcome a holding penalty. Mason Nickens 33-yard pass to Shelby Christy provided the score.
St. Amant took over at its 20, and drove to a first-and-goal at the DHS 10. But the Dutchtown defense rose up to stop Trey Washington short of the goal on fourth-and-1.
“I thought our defense played really hard,” Saia said. “They got a goal-line stand, and then all we have to do is get a first down and the scrimmage is over. And we didn’t make it.”
The Griffins picked up 5 yards with two runs before Michael Davis was stopped inches short of a first on third down. Terry Hughes then punted to St. Amant, which began its winning drive at midfield.
East Ascension and Donaldsonville opened the jamboree with a contest dominated by offense.
Donaldsonville, which never led, tied the game after Joetrell Stewart’s fumble recovery in the end zone made it 14-12. Tigers quarterback Devon Breaux then kept left for the tying two-point conversion.
Breaux was shaken up midway through Donaldsonville’s contest with St. Amant, but against the Spartans rushed for 30 yards while completing 2-of-6 passes for 86 more.
East Ascension took a 7-0 lead on Adam Miller’s 47-yard pass on a seam route to Sione Palelei. Donaldsonville responded immediately with Breaux’ 78-yard strike to Leandre James bringing it within 7-6.
The Spartans answered quickly, moving 55 yards in two plays. Miller’s 41-yard toss Chad Hill made it 14-6, a score that looked to stand after Tyrous Wilson intercepted Breaux on the next series.
But on third-and-17 at the EAHS 16, the snap got past Miller and rolled near the goal line before Stewart corralled it for the touchdown. Breaux’s tying conversion came with 2:12 left.
“I did see some positive plays by individuals on both sides of the ball,” East Ascension coach Paul Bourgeois said. “With more time, some good things can happen.”
Dutchtown’s 7-0 win over East Ascension was highlighted by one crucial play. With less than four minutes to play, the Spartans’ De’Andre Darville returned an interception 79 yards for an apparent touchdown.
Instead, East Ascension was flagged for roughing the passer, and Dutchtown had a first down at the EAHS 13. Two plays later Antoine Magras took an inside handoff, and bounced to his right for a 4-yard scoring run.
Tyler Sarrazin’s point after gave Dutchtown a 7-0 lead, and the Griffins defense did the rest. East Ascension was able to move to midfield before the clock ran out.