ST. AMANT - Opportunity knocked, and St. Amant was all too happy to take advantage in a 64-32 victory against Miller-McCoy of New Orleans on Friday night at St. Amant Middle School.
The Gators (1-1) of Class 5A delighted the home crowd at The Pit with a point-a-minute offense. St. Amant capitalized on prime field position to post 36 first-half points.
“They say you always make the most improvement (in the second game),” St. Amant coach David Oliver said. “I think we certainly coached better and played better.”
Gator quarterback Tyler Guillory threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and added a two-point conversion run. And teammates Trey Washington and Tylor Gonzales also scored twice.
St. Amant’s potent offense was more than enough to overcome Miller-McCoy’s long-distance scoring combination of quarterback Norbert Ralph IV and receiver Willie Young. Ralph threw four touchdown passes, three to Young.
In all, Ralph passed for 267 yards, 190 of those going to Young in a losing effort for Miller-McCoy (0-2).
“Hats off to coach Oliver and those kids,” Miller-McCoy coach Jeremiah Scott said. “They’re a great bunch of kids and a classy program.
“Our kids fought to the end ? I’m proud of our kids.”
Midway through the first quarter, a botched Miller-McCoy punt snap gave St. Amant the ball at the Lion 21. From there, the Gators needed just two plays to notch the game’s first score.
Guillory broke a tackle and powered into the end zone for a 13-yard TD run. Trey Belleu added the extra point to give St. Amant a 7-0 lead with 6:42 remaining in the first quarter.
In the final minute of the first quarter, the Gator defense stopped Ralph on a fourth-down keeper at the Miller-McCoy 29. That defensive stop set the stage for Washington’s 4-yard scoring run with 10:42 to play in the first half. Guillory added a two-point conversion off a fake kick to give St. Amant a 15-0 lead.
On the following drive, Ralph and Young connected on their first of two long-range scoring passes in the first half. Ralph hit a streaking Young for a 76-yard touchdown pass and Bruce Thompson added the extra point to cut St. Amant’s lead to 15-7 with 8:54 to play before halftime.
But the Gators’ special teams and running game produced another score just 23 seconds later. Grady Miles’ 38-yard kickoff return put the ball at the St. Amant 48. Then Gonzales broke off a 44-yard gain on the ground and finished the drive with an 8-yard TD run. Another Belleu extra point gave St. Amant a 22-7 edge.
Guillory added a 17-yard TD pass to Ryan Cardinale to put St. Amant ahead 29-7 with 4:35 remaining in the first half.
Following an exchange of punts, Miller-McCoy’s Ralph and Young connected again for a 52-yard touchdown pass. Thompson’s PAT cut St. Amant’s lead to 29-14 with 1:39 left before halftime.
Guillory closed the first-half scoring with an 11-yard pass to Gonzales with 24 seconds to play in the first half to give the Gators a 36-14 lead at halftime.
The game was delayed for 15 minutes in the third quarter after Miller-McCoy receiver Edward Ison Jr. was injured after he ran into a sideline fence. Scott said Ison was moving his extremities as he was taken off the field on a motorized cart.