Last week, Dutchtown improved to No. 5 in the Louisiana High School Soccer Coaches Association poll. Then, they went out justified the move.

Last week, Dutchtown improved to No. 5 in the Louisiana High School Soccer Coaches Association poll. Then, they went out justified the move.

Against 12th-ranked Denham Springs last Thursday night, the Griffins were tested by a fast and active Yellow Jacket attack, but once again, their defense proved to be championship caliber as they pitched their third shutout in four matches.

The only score of the night came at the 31st minute when Sethan Ward finished at the net.

"The key to the victory was taking care of their attack. It's very quick, and they get the numbers up real fast," Dutchtown head coach Rene Bourgeois said. "That pretty much saved us in that aspect of denying them shots on goal, and we had chances to break, and we should have had more than one."

The first half was a track meet as both teams were up and down the field showcasing their quickness.

The first scoring opportunity came at the 10th minute when Andrew Watts received a great pass from Alex Sheets, but his shot was too high.

Four minutes later, Denham Springs had their chance at a goal, but Christian Carrillo came up with a tremendous save.

Finally, at the 31st, Sheets dished out another great pass, and this time, Ward was able to finish at the net to give Dutchtown the 1-0 lead.

Denham Springs came very close to tying the contest at the 37th minute as they broke out into the open field with only Carrillo separating them from the goal.

However, Carrillo made a beautiful kick save that allowed the Griffins to take the lead into the half.

The first half was very even. Dutchtown out-shot Denham Springs, 8-6.

Though, once the second half began, the Griffin defense really asserted itself. Rarely did they allow the Yellow Jackets to get close to their goal.

Conversely, Dutchtown had many scoring opportunities throughout the period, but they just couldn't finish at the net.

Ward had an open shot at 52, but his kick was errant. Ten minutes later, Sheets had a great chance to score, but the Denham Springs goal keeper made a great save.

Despite the lack of offense, the Griffin defense carried them to the 1-0 victory.

Dutchtown only allowed two shots on goal in the second half. Overall, the Griffins out-shot Denham Springs, 13-8.

Carrillo finished with three saves.

In the past four matches, Dutchtown has only given up one goal.

"The defense has been outstanding," Bourgeois said. "The four guys we have in the back, I'll put then up against anyone's attack right now. They're playing confident. They're playing under control.

"They usually make good decisions when they have to make them, and another thing is, they'll get involved in the attack and put a little more pressure on the other guys. When we do that, it keeps them from putting more numbers up top because they have to respect that."

The win over the Yellow Jackets continued an impressive undefeated streak for Dutchtown. They haven't lost a match since the opener, when they dropped a one-goal contest to Mandeville.

The victory pushed them to 11-1-2 overall.

Now, things will get challenging for the Griffins.

Next week, they'll step into their brutal district schedule that features the likes of reigning district champion St. Amant, East Ascension and Destrehan.

But before they face that gauntlet, they'll have to compete in a tough road test against Woodlawn--the top-ranked team in Division II. The Panthers are led by the nation's leading scorer, Eduin DelCid.

"That will be a huge test because they have some guys that can score," Bourgeois said. "That will give us a real good look defensively going into EA and St. Amant because they can score goals rather quickly. Woodlawn has been doing that all season long, so it's going to be a good measuring stick before EA and St. Amant."