ST. AMANT at EAST ASCENSION
WHEN: 7:00 pm, Friday
WHERE: Spartan Stadium
TV: EATEL 4/704 (tape-delayed 11:00 pm Friday)
BY THE NUMBERS: After 38 games, St. Amant leads the all-time series between the two schools 20-18.
East Ascension High School opened in 1966, while the current St. Amant High School opened in the fall of 1978.
EA’s home field, Spartan Stadium, and St. Amant’s home field, “The Pit”, are located 4.97 miles apart with an estimated driving time of nine minutes.
The series began in 1979 and has been continuous with the exception of 2005 when the two schools did not play that year because of hurricane Katrina.
For 14 consecutive years, from 1983 through 1996, the two teams met on the tenth and final playing date of the regular season.
After 38 meetings, St. Amant has out-scored East Ascension 940-801. The Gators are averaging 24.7 points per contest, while EA has averaged 21.1 points.
There have been three overtime games in the series, in 1990, 2001 and 2011 with EA winning all three.
The most points St. Amant has scored in a game in the rivalry occurred in 2014 when the Gators won 57-34. EA’s 42-41 overtime win in 1990 is their high-water mark in points scored in a game in the series.
The largest margin of victory is 48 points and occurred two year’s ago in St. Amant’s 54-6 win at The Pit. There has been one shutout in the series and that occurred in 1995 when St. Amant blanked EA 28-0.
The Spartans have the longest winning streak with six straight wins from 1981 through 1986, while St. Amant’s longest win streak is four in a row from 1997 through 2000.
St. Amant has had six different head coaches since the series began with Doug Moreau leading in games coached with 13. Moreau and his successor David Swacker have the most wins as head coaches in the series with seven apiece.
Darnell Lee is the eighth head coach for EA in the series. Van Lambert coached EA to a 6-2 mark in his eight years at the school on Worthey Road. Bill Beasley, from 1996 through 2006, had a 3-7 mark as the Spartans head coach against St. Amant.
At Spartan Stadium, EA is 10-8 against the Gators and the Spartans have won 3 of the last 4 games played in Gonzales.
St. Amant leads 11-8 in games played at The Pit in the series, including three straight wins.
This Friday night at the Old Stadium on Burnside, it will be chapter 39 in Ascension Parish’s longest rivalry football series.