John Ehret kicker Dustin Bodden had already missed an extra point late in Friday night’s game that appeared to seal the Patriots’ fate of a second-consecutive loss at the hands of St Amant. But fortunately for Bodden, there was still time left on the clock.
John Ehret coach Corey Lambert told Dodden at the beginning of the final drive that he better be prepared to take the final kick because he was going to go for it no matter what. A few plays later, the Patriots were celebrating a 19-17 win against St. Amant as Bodden’s 23-yard attempt sailed through.
“I tell our kids all the time that Ehret can’t beat Ehret, and earlier in the game we were beating ourselves,” said John Ehret coach Corey Lambert still soaking from the Gatorade bath his team gave him after the final whistle. “They have to go through this, and I’m just emotional right now.”
The field goal was set up after Dodden missed the an extra point on the previous series. The missed PAT came after a 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Caron Baham to Taris Shanell who barely kept the ball off the ground with a fingertips catch before scampering 30 yards to the end zone.The score was Baham’s only TD pass as he threw for 114 yards on 10 for 21 passing. Baham also carried the ball 16 times for 85 yards.
For Shanell, the score was only the latest big play for him as he also recorded a pair of interceptions against St. Amant quarterback Tyler Dixon.
“He was being a playmaker,” Lambert said. “He’s a Tulane commit, and he was being that type of player tonight. Great players make great plays, and I told him that and he made great plays.”
To add insult to injury for St. Amant, the loss came on the school’s homecoming night. To make matters even worse, Dixon was announced as homecoming king before the kickoff.
That’s where his luck on the night would end, though.
Dixon threw four interceptions Friday night, including three in the first half. Before this week, the senior had only thrown two interceptions.
“He made a few bad decisions, but mainly he was just under duress,” said St. Amant coach David Oliver. “They’re very athletic and they made plays when they needed to make plays.”
Dixon finished with 238 yards on 11 for 26 passing, but the bulk of that came in the second half when he connected with wide receiver Briggs Bourgeois for an 80-yard touchdown pass down the left side.
“I have to give Ehret credit but we helped them out with penalties and turnover,” Oliver said. “They played better than us, they deserved to win and they did.”