Dutchtown's flawless district mark is no more. The Griffins' 44-37 loss to Catholic High on Friday night just made things a lot more interesting in District 5-5A.

Dutchtown's flawless district mark is no more. The Griffins' 44-37 loss to Catholic High on Friday night just made things a lot more interesting in District 5-5A.

Dutchtown got off to 4-0 start within the district after a grinding 49-40 win over Woodlawn last Friday and a 57-55 overtime escape against McKinley on Tuesday. However, there was no escaping the Bears.

Catholic had been playing teams to close, low-scoring games all season but struggled to get over the hump and collect wins. They finally came through Friday night and in doing so, they were able to bring down the top team in the district.

After the Griffins took a 7-6 lead into the second quarter, their already-sputtering offense came to almost a complete halt. They were held to just five second-quarter points, and Catholic took advantage.

The Bears took the lead and extended it to 18-12 at the break, but Dutchtown quickly answered.

The Griffins finally started hitting some shots, and they smothered the Catholic offense--holding them to just a putrid four third-quarter points. The dominating quarter helped Dutchtown regain a three-point lead heading to the fourth.

It was there that the the Griffin defense inexplicably broke down. After holding the Bears to no more than 12 points in any one quarter, they let Catholic erupt for 22 points to close the game.

Dutchtown was only able to produced 12 points of their own as the Bears ran away with only their eleventh win of the year at 44-37.

No Griffin was able to score in double-figures. Tevin Thompson led the way with nine, and Patrick and Christian Thompson followed close behind with eight and seven respectively.

The loss dropped Dutchtown to 19-5 overall but most importantly, it gave them their first hiccup in district play.

It put them in a two-way tie with East Ascension at the top of the district. The Griffins currently own the tie-breaker after beating the Spartans recently--which makes their trip to East Ascension on Friday night crucial in their run for the District 5-5A title.