A pair of momentum shifts proved costly in Lutcher’s 33-13 loss Friday night against St. Amant.
The first came when the Bulldogs were attempting to tie the game after an early St. Amant touchdown.
St. Amant (3-0) used up almost six minutes on its opening drive to take a 7-0 lead on a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cole Poirrier to Noah Louque.
The Bulldogs (2-1) marched on the ensuing drive but ended up fumbling the ball away inside St. Amant’s 20-yard line.
“I thought we responded. We got a good drive going. We converted some big third downs and we were getting ready to convert another third down and with some extra effort, we end up fumbling in the red zone,” Lutcher coach Dwain Jenkins said.
The other came at the end of the first half.
Trailing 19-7, the Bulldogs had the ball late in the second quarter. An apparent third-down conversion was negated when Lutcher was penalized for holding. The Bulldogs were unable to pick up the first down and had to punt the ball away.
Poirrier and Louque hooked up again, this time from 16 yards out on the final play of the second quarter to extend the Gators’ lead to 25-7 at halftime.
“When you fumble going in to answer to tie the game 7-7 and then you give up a score at the end of the half when you have an opportunity to run out of clock if you don’t get a penalty, I thought it was just a big point in the half,” said Jenkins.
The Bulldogs went on a long drive to open the third quarter, capping the possession on a 1-yard run by Ra’saun Storks to pull to within 25-13.
Lutcher had the ball deep in its own territory but managed to flip the field and pinned the Gators deep in their own territory.
A bad snap over Poirrier’s head caused the quarterback to run the ball down. He picked it up and tossed the ball 50 yards to a wide-open receiver who raced down to the Lutcher 2-yard line.
The Gators scored on a 1-yard run for the 33-13 final.
“I thought that was the play that broke our back at the end,” Jenkins said.
Storks finished with 128 yards rushing on 22 carries.
Quarterback D’Wayne Winfield, whose 27-yard run in the second quarter provided the only Bulldogs points in the first half, ended with 153 yards rushing on 22 attempts. He finished only 4 of 15 passing for 47 yards.