ST. AMANT — The opening kickoff brought about an apparent ominous sign for St. Amant on Friday night when Corey Washington stripped the ball from Kirk Elisar at the St. Amant 31 just 14 seconds into the game and raced to the end zone for the first of his two touchdowns.
But the bad beginning was nothing more than a false alarm as the Gators rolled to a 42-20 victory against Glen Oaks on homecoming night at The Pit.
Once the Gators actually put the ball in play from the line of scrimmage, they scored touchdowns on their first four offensive series.
“It was pretty positive,” St. Amant coach David Oliver said. “After that, we kind of made some mistakes and missed some opportunities. But it was a good, solid win.”
St. Amant (3-1) won its third consecutive game by piling up 389 yards of offense. The Gators produced two 100-yard rushers and one 100-yard receiver, and quarterback Tyler Guillory accounted for three touchdowns.
Grady Miles rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown. Trey Washington celebrated his birthday with 104 rushing yards and two scores. And Ryan Cardinale caught four passes for 111 yards and a touchdown.
Johnta’ Herbert led Glen Oaks (1-3) with 119 rushing yards and a touchdown.
The Panthers struggled offensively for three quarters before putting together two scoring drives in the final period.
“I think my guys grew up tonight,” Glen Oaks coach Landry Williams said. “We lost the game, but I saw a lot of fight in my guys. That’s something we can build on."
After the opening kickoff miscue, St. Amant’s Elisar responded on the ensuing kickoff with a 55-yard return. Three plays later, Trey Washington scored on a 3-yard run and Trey Belleu added the extra point.
On their next possession, the Gators needed just one play to take the lead for good. Guillory connected with Cardinale for a 69-yard touchdown pass as St. Amant went ahead 14-7 with 8:09 to go in the first quarter.
Grady Miles’ 5-yard touchdown run on the next series helped the Gators push their advantage to 21-7 with 1:23 left in the first quarter.
St. Amant’s Washington scored his second touchdown on a 6-yard run with 10:34 left in the first half.
St. Amant’s defense kept the Glen Oaks offense in check in the first half. The Panthers’ best opportunity to score before halftime ended at the St. Amant 5 on John Vallery’s interception with 19 seconds left.
Guillory added a 6-yard touchdown run with 1:30 remaining in the third quarter as St. Amant pushed its lead to 35-7.