It's a new season for Dutchtown. They have a new head coach, a new coaching staff and a new excitement about the upcoming year, but there was nothing new about the way they lost on Thursday night.
It’s a new season for Dutchtown. They have a new head coach, a new coaching staff and a new excitement about the upcoming year, but there was nothing new about the way they lost on Thursday night.
Much like last year, the Griffins were done in by turnovers.
In just two quarters of action in the Denham Springs jamboree, Dutchtown turned the ball over four times. As expected, the results were devastating.
The Yellow Jackets turned them into big points and handed the Griffins a 28-3 beating in their first real-game action under first-year head coach Guy Mistretta.
"It felt like we were doing a good job with that coming in, but obviously, that was pretty bad,” Mistretta said. “That's the biggest thing that jumps out at you. Defensively, you look at the score and say, 'That's a lot of points,' but we felt that at times, they played really well. They got put in some bad positions because of the turnovers. They probably got 21 points off of turnovers, so we have to fix that."
The mistakes started early for Dutchtown as they coughed the ball up less than two minutes into the game. The loose ball was picked up by Denham Springs and returned for a 29-yard touchdown to put them up 7-0.
The Yellow Jackets’ new spread attack under new head coach Bill Conides then started to catch fire.
Running back Tyre Golmond scampered for 48 yards, setting up a 22-yard touchdown connection from Cameron Feucht to Ray Whitley.
The score put the Griffins in a 14-0 hole late in the first half.
Although, Dutchtown had a perfect opportunity to cut the deficit in half late in the quarter when they reached the Denham Springs 8-yard line.
They came close to scoring when quarterback Ben Mays got it to receiver Terry Matthews in the end zone, but a Yellow Jacket defender got just enough of his hand on the ball to knock it away.
After three straight incompletions, the Griffins were forced to settle for a 35-yard Cohen Parent field goal to make it 14-3 at halftime.
"With the time running down, you're forced to throw the ball. It limited what we could do, but we were glad that we were able to get some points on the board,” Mistretta said.
The Griffins looked good to start the second half.
After forcing a three-and-out, they got the ball, and when Brock Beeman broke loose for 11 yards, they had a first down at the Denham Springs 40, but on the next play, there was a fumbled center/quarterback exchange, and the Yellow Jackets recovered.
That turnover took the wind out of the sails for the Griffins.
Eventually, Denham Springs went on a nine-play, 76-yard drive that was capped off by a six-yard touchdown pass from Feucht to Whitley to put them up 21-3.
To end things, Dutchtown fumbled the ball away again, and the Yellow Jackets made them pay with a 26-yard touchdown strike from Feucht to Brycen Longley.
Besides the four turnovers, the Griffins were held to just 34 yards rushing.
"We're gonna go back to work tomorrow morning. It starts for real on Friday night. I expect them to come back with great attitudes and positive energy, and we're gonna go back to work,” Mistretta said.
The Griffins will have to make a second straight trip to Livingston Parish next Friday night as they visit Walker to officially start the 2017 season.
Last season, the Wildcats went 7-3, with all three of their losses coming by single digits.