St. Amant slips past Helen Cox, 10-9

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SORENTO – In a defensive struggle, St. Amant pulled off the narrowest of wins over Helen Cox thanks to a turnover and a late touchdown for a 10-9 victory at “The Pit” at St. Amant Middle School on Friday night.

Helen Cox recorded more passing and rushing yards while winning the time of possession battle but lost the game’s most important stat by a missed point after try.

Gators quarterback Kaleb Franklin capped off the game-winning drive with a two-yard score with just 1:29 to play.

“Football can be a cruel game sometimes.” said St. Amant coach David Oliver. “I really thought they outplayed us, probably out coached us a little bit and yet they came out on the bottom of the scoreboard. We’re thrilled to have a win. We did just enough in the last four or five minutes of the game to control field position and make a play.”

The Cougars and Gators exchanged field goals in the first half. Cox scored their touchdown on 4th and 12 from 15 yards out when quarterback Jordan George hooked up with JaQuan Harris. The Cougars led 9-3 with 4:14 to play in the third period after the extra point attempt failed.

Helen Cox star running back Terrell “smoke” Brown accounted for 129 total yards, including a 36-yard run on the go ahead drive, but cramped up late and missed the final drive in a game of missed opportunities for the Cougars.

“We just have to cash in when we get in the opportunity,” Helen Cox coach Derek LaMothe added. “Some things could have gone our way at some critical times. We just have to be able to cash in.”

The Cougars were looking for the knockout blow late, driving inside St. Amant territory. After a costly penalty negated a 40-yard pass play, the Gators took advantage of the reprieve. Jamir Baptiste caused and recovered a fumble at midfield with just under four minutes to play to set the wheels of the rally in motion.

Thompson came through with two big completions to receiver K.J Franklin including a 27-yard grab setting the Gators in the red zone. Thompson’s scoring run came soon after.

Cox moved inside Gator terrotory on the ensuing drive, but on fourth down Jarvin Augillard came up with the big pass breakup with just nine seconds to play to secure the victory for St. Amant (2-0).

Both defense shined throughout the night.

“Their defensive scheme was great. They did a great job,” said Oliver. “They came in a tough place to play and made us really look bad for about 45 to 48 minutes.”

Cox (1-1) and will look to rebound in week three versus Sophie B. Wright.

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