New Orleans, Louisiana 2021-09-11 22:30:00 –
De Andre Taylor is not the biggest player on the St. Amant roster. But a 140-pound senior proved he could bounce off the defender. He also provided a crucial rebound.
Taylor pulled a 33-yard touchdown pass from Cole Poirier after Walker groped for a kick-off return that could pull the match apart.
“It was so long that it feels great to play,” Taylor said. “We knew we needed some play. When we caught the ball and cut it, we saw the opening.”
Taylor made three catches with 48 yards and two TDs, and Joshua Morisse ran at a height of 94 yards with a 20-carry. Morris recorded the final St. Amant touchdown with a 3-yard run with 4:12 remaining.
“There’s something we need to get rid of … but what do you know, we found someone to play us, and we had to play.” SAHS coach David Oliver said. “I’m proud of (Taylor). He made a mistake and never got down to himself. He came back and played another important play for us.”
Walkers Hunter Bethel won the veteran quarterback battle and completed 19 out of 26 passes with 213 yards and two TDs. St. Amant’s Cole Poirrier was 18-11 at 155 yards with two TDs, but was intercepted twice.
After Hurricane Aida, St. Amant (1-0) played three weeks and Walker (0-1) two weeks.
“I thought the defense really kept us moving, especially in the first half,” said Walker coach Chad Mahaffy. “There are certainly some plays we want to get back, but their sales help save us.”
The Gators earned the only points in the first half of their first possession. Poirier threw a 5-yard TD pass to Taylor at 6:33 to advance to the first quarter.
Walker then suppressed St. Amant, thanks in part to interception by Patrick Mackenzie and Carson Rocker. Interception by the locker drowned out a 13-play gator drive in WHS2.
Taylor’s Fumble set up a TD play from Bethel to Jarvis Patterson at 25 yards in less than a minute in the second half. Taylor’s second TD catch brought the Gators forward almost seven minutes later.
Tre’Shawn Dunn has added a 70-yard punt return to the 1:55 mark score to add cushioning to the Gators. Bethel responded with another big play. With a 29-yard TD pass to Jacoly Thomas, he won a 13-play WHS drive with 8:32 remaining.
It was 21-15 SAHS before Morrisse carried it four times to power the last Gator drive.
“We shot our feet several times,” said Walker Mahaffy. “But I also saw people doing good things that we could build up. We have to get back to work.”
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