MORGAN CITY — Morgan City kept pace with South Terrebonne for nearly a half, but a key interception that the Gators capitalized on and a score on South Terrebonne’s first drive of the third quarter put the Gators comfortably ahead. 

Morgan City could never recover as South Terrebonne cruised to a 48-20 victory District 7-4A victory on Thursday night. 

“We’re pleased with the way we ran the ball offensively,” South Terrebonne coach Richard Curlin, whose squad recorded 322 yards on the ground, said. “We've got some other backs in there this week, so we got some competition in that backfield now, and I think that’s only going to help us later in the season.” 

Ahead 21-14 late in the second quarter, Morgan City quarterback Devonta Grogan was intercepted by David Lirette, who returned the ball to the Tigers (2-4 overall, 0-2 in District 7-4A) 20 with 39.8 second remaining in the half. 

On the Gators (3-3 overall, 1-2 in district) first offensive play of the ensuing drive, Jamala Ricks scored on a 20-yard run with 32 seconds. Shea Pitre’s point-after attempt was good for a 28-14 South Terrebonne lead. 

After the Gators recovered a fumbled pitch at the Morgan City 46 on the Tigers’ first offensive possession of the third quarter, the Gators cashed in on the turnover as South Terrebonne moved down the field before quarterback Michael Gautreaux connected with Kaden Chauvin on a 22-yard pass on a 3rd-and-goal play from the Morgan City 22.

A botched point-after attempt left South Terrebonne with a 34-14 lead with 6:20 left in the third.

The Gators scored on their next two possessions as via a 60-yard run by Terrance Sims with 3:06 remaining in the third quarter and a 6-yard run by Trey Cavalier with 4:41 left in the ball game for a 48-14 advantage. 

Early on, South Terrebonne scored on its opening possession, completing the drive’s lone pass for a touchdown as Gautreaux connected with Colby Chelette for a 5-yard completion with 4:41 remaining in the first quarter. 

Gautreaux completed 2-of-5 passes for 27 yards with two touchdowns and am interception.

Chelette, who finished with a reception for a 5-yard score, did most of his damage on the ground as he led the Gators with 12 carries for 103 yards.

South Terrebonne totaled 349 yards of offense (322 rushing and 27 passing), while limiting Morgan City to 187 yards of offense (147 rushing and 40 passing). 

After Chelette’s score, Morgan City responded with a 9-yard touchdown run by Kerwin Francois with 13.8 seconds left in the first quarter to tie the game at 7, but Sims returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a score with 1.7 seconds left in the first quarter for a 14-7 lead. 

Morgan City tied it at 14 with 5:28 left in the half following Francois’ 22-yard run, but South Terrebonne responded with a 1-yard run by Sims for a 21-14 lead. 

Sims had four carries for 69 yards and a score, while Ricks added eight carries for 70 yards and a touchdown.