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Avants pilots Bogue Chitto over Saints

BOGUE CHITTO — Junior quarterback Seth Avants put on a showFriday night at Troy Smith Field. Avants rushed the football 14times for 153 yards and scored four touchdowns to power the hostBogue Chitto Bobcats to a season-opening 34-6 Region 4-1A win overthe Vicksburg St. Aloysius Flashes.

The Bogue Chitto offense was unstoppable as it rushed thefootball 44 times for 328 yards. In the air, Avants completed 2 of5 passes for 24 yards for a total of 352 yards on the night.

“This was a tough, hard-fought game,” said Bogue Chitto headfootball coach Gareth Sartin. “St. Al’s size made it hard to movethe ball at times. Offensively, our line managed to hold them whichenabled us to get some good runs.

“Our defense was able to get some good stops,” Sartin noted.”This was a close game, especially in the first half.”

Bogue Chitto jumped on St. Al 7-0 in the first quarter. At the7:38 mark, Avants exploded for a 35-yard touchdown run and FredTillman kicked the extra point.

In second-quarter play, the Bobcats scored two more TDs on runsof 2 yards and 40-yards by Avants to push their lead to 21-0 at thehalf. Donyea Dillon ran for a 2-point conversion.

St. Al got on the scoreboard at the 9:33 mark in the thirdquarter. Chris Lewis scored on a 7-yard run but the Flashes missedon the extra-point attempt to cut the deficit to 21-6.

With 2:50 remaining in the third quarter, Avants scored hisfourth and last TD of the game on a 5-yard run. Tillman nailed thePAT kick to push BC’s lead to 28-6 over St. Al.

Bogue Chitto collected its final TD with 1:04 left in the gameon a 6-yard plunge by James Anderson. The PAT kick failed and theBobcats held a 34-6 win.

“We are inexperienced and we are young,” said St. Al head coachJim Taylor. “Bogue Chitto has very good talent and speed. We playedstrong the whole game.

“But we do not have the depth to keep up with Bogue Chitto’squickness. Overall, we showed that we have the ability to improveand to play better.”

Contributing to the Bobcat running game with 10 carries for 66yards was Dillon. Collecting 39 yards was Byron Kersee. Cole Lairdrushed 6 times for 21 yards. Anderson finished with 27 yards on 3carries.

For the Flashes, Lewis led the ground game with 20 carries for51 yards. Chip Donald rushed 5 times for 29 yards. Following with 5carries for 28 yards was Justin Hoseman. Clayton Holmes had 24yards on 4 carries. They rushed the football 39 times for 138yards.

In the air, St. Al’s Lewis completed 9 of 15 passes for 77 yardsand was intercepted once. Avants went 2-for-5 for 24 yards and nointerceptions.

Donald led the Flashes’ receivers with 3 catches for 18yards.

Defensively, Tillman and Scotty Brown led BogueChitto with 9 tackles apiece. Robert Anderson and Brian Robinsoneach collected 8 tackles. Anderson also intercepted a pass.

Pelahatchie visits Bogue Chitto (1-0) for homecoming Fridaynight. The game begins at 7 p.m.