St. Amant wide receiver Briggs Bourgeois only had five catches Friday night, all of which came in the first quarter.
Good thing three of them went for touchdowns.
Bourgeois and quarterback Hayden Mallory found a strong connection early as the duo led St. Amant to a 48-21 win against South Terrebonne in their final nondistrict game of the season.
Bourgeois and Mallory hooked up for 81 yards on those five receptions, while Mallory went on to produce 293 yards and four touchdowns on 15-for-23 passing.
“Our scouting report said we had the middle of the field open against this team, and me and Hayden Mallory just have a great connection,” Bourgeois said. “Just going across the middle, we knew what was going to happen.”
Bourgeois’ three scores, plus a 10-yard run by Nathan Taylor on the Gators’ first offensive series, put South Terrebonne (0-5) in a 28-0 hole by the end of the first quarter, which it would never climb out of despite St. Amant (5-0) slowing down until the fourth quarter.
Bourgeois missed most of the second and third quarters as St. Amant decided to rest him with a minor shin injury, but he returned for the last few series.
It took about two minutes into the second quarter before South Terrebonne could break midfield on offense, but once it did, quarterback Chris Duplantis led an 80-yard touchdown drive that culminated in a 20-yard touchdown pass to Max Landry.
In the second half, South Terrebonne came out firing on all cylinders as it scored a pair of touchdowns in less than five minutes, including a 91-yard toss from Duplantis to Landry.
Duplantis finished the night with 144 yards on 6-of-17 passing. Landry registered 130 of those yards on four receptions.
South Terrebonne cut its deficit to just 31-21 a few minutes later when corner back Andraye Verdin picked off Mallory at the St. Amant 25-yard line and returned it to the end zone. But that’s where its luck would run out, not scoring again the rest of the game.
“In that first quarter, with that kicker they have, they just had us pinned back in our own half and was taking advantage of us back there,” South Terrebonne coach Richard Curlin said. “I’m proud of our kids for fighting back in the second half and trying to make a game out of it.”
St. Amant found its rhythm again late to push the score to the final result as the offense produced two fourth-quarter scores, including a 49-yard play from Mallory to receiver Jacob Cheatwood.
Running back Mark Darby put the finishing touches on the night with a bruising 15-yard run up the middle for a touchdown.
“They made it interesting there, but we pulled away at the end,” St. Amant coach David Oliver said. “There’s a few discipline penalties to mop up, but I like where we’re at heading into district.”