Originally appeared on CrescentCitySports.com

ST. AMANT, La. – In a face off Friday night between a pair of team’s trying to build upon last season’s successes, the Carver Rams were able to outlast the St. Amant Gators in The Pit, 35-27.

The Gators opened the game with seven play, 65-yard, scoring drive. Most of the damage was done by running back Reggie Sims, who rushed three times for 44 yards on the drive, including a 13 yard touchdown run.

St. Amant held on to its 7-0 lead into the second quarter, before the Rams responded with a score of their own. Quincy Curry led Carver 75-yards for the tying score, utilizing both his arm and his legs. A 49-yard completion put the Rams into the red zone. Three plays later, he scored on a 12 yard run.

With the score tied at 7-7, Carver took the lead on its next possession. Facing a fourth-and-13, Curry took off on a beautiful 30 yard run, cutting back across field before being pushed out of bounds at the four yard line. On the next snap, he tossed a swing pass to Randolph Armstead for a touchdown, giving the Rams a 14-7 halftime lead.

The Gators evened the score on their first drive of the second half by going back to Reggie Sims. Sims picked up 48 yards on four carries, including a six-yard touchdown run to make it 14-14.

Carver didn’t need long to respond, putting touchdowns on the board after each of their next two drives.

Armstead scored on a 13-yard scamper to make it 21-14. Then, following a sack and strip of Cole Poirrier, the Rams recovered a fumble to set up their fourth TD of the night.

Quincy Curry ran to his left, before making a beautiful cut back and taking the ball down the right sideline for a 20-yard score and a 28-14 lead that the Rams would take into the fourth quarter.

St. Amant refused to go away. Slade Zeppuhar brought the Gators back to within eight points when he found Austin Bascom, who made a juggling catch for a 14-yard touchdown.

A failed onside kick gave the Rams a short field to work with, and they took advantage. Curry led his team to the end zone for the fifth time with another big play on fourth down. He hit his receiver with dart on the right side near the 20 yard line; a quick spin move and cut turned what should have been a first down pickup into a clinching TD pass, pushing the score to 35-20.

Lathan Vaughn scored from 15 yards out for St. Amant to give the Gators one last shot at a tie with 4:07 remaining, but the ensuing kickoff went out of bounds and Carver was able to run out the clock.

Carver (1-0) moves on to host Brother Martin next Friday at 7pm, while St. Amant (0-1) will try to pick up their first win of the season with East Jefferson visiting The Pit.