CENTRAL - St. Amant turned up the defensive heat Friday night as it pitched a second-half shutout to highlight a 35-14 win.
The Gators (4-1) surrendered an 80-yard scoring drive to start the game but then limited Central (2-3) to three first downs the rest of the way.
Offensively, St. Amant's Trey Washington ran for two touchdowns and caught another from quarterback Tyler Guillory. Guillory had a 73-yard run for the game's final score.
"I can't say enough about the defensive effort," St. Amant coach David Oliver said. "We had a great pass rush. We covered them well. We were able to limit their runs to short yardage. It was a good solid win."
St Amant built a 20-14 halftime lead. Starting off the third quarter, the Gators drove to a first down at the CHS 22. The drive stalled, and Trey Bellau's 40-yard field goal try was blocked.
Central took over at its 20, but four plays later quarterback Brett Courville was intercepted to end the threat. It was a recurring theme for the Wildcats, according to coach Doug Dotson.
"Its been our storyline the whole year," Dotson said. "Sometimes when we need to make plays, it just doesn't happen for us. We're a young ball club, but at some point you think you're going to grow up."
Central opened the game with an eight play, 80-yard drive to take an 8-0 lead. It proved to be a high point for the Wildcats, who generated five first downs on the drive but just one more the rest of the half.
Courville completed passes of 18 and 8 yards as Central moved to a first down at midfield. Courville scrambled 26 yards for a first at the SAHS 19, and later scored untouched from 7 yards out. Courville ran in for the two-point conversion from a swinging gate formation, good for an 8-0 lead.
Washington scored on a 1-yard run to cap a 15-play, 70-yard drive that ran 7:12 off the clock, closing St. Amant to 8-7.
And after a fake Central punt failed to bring first down, St. Amant took over at the CHS 25 before settling for Trey Bellau's 24-yard field goal.
Central retook the lead, at 14-10 on Gary Triplet's 58-yard run, taking took a handoff around left end, juking a defender at the CHS 40 and racing up the left sideline.
St. Amant answered with its second touchdown drive of the game. Kirk Elisar ran twice for a first down and caught a pass for another before St. Amant stalled at the CHS 31.
From there, Guillory found Washington short of the first down, but the junior running back turned up field to complete the 31-yard score.
"We feel like our best football is still ahead of us," Oliver said. "This was a good part of the growing process."