After a trying two weeks that have seen thousands of Ascension Parish residents lose their homes as a result of unprecedented flooding, there was finally a little normalcy on Friday night.

After a trying two weeks that have seen thousands of Ascension Parish residents lose their homes as a result of unprecedented flooding, there was finally a little normalcy on Friday night.

For four hours, players, coaches and fans were able to escape reality and enjoy some football for the first time in 2016.

Dutchtown hosted the LeBlanc Food Store Jamboree, which was a three-team affair between the Griffins, East Ascension and Port Allen. All proceeds from the event went to St. Amant High—the hardest hit school in the parish.

The evening began with a clash between the Dutchtown and EA junior varsity squads.

East Ascension then beat Port Allen, 14-0, in a single quarter of play, and Port Allen beat Dutchtown, 6-0, in the next session.

The jamboree concluded with a two-quarter game between the Griffins and Spartans. Dutchtown feasted on East Ascension miscues to cruise to a 17-0 shutout victory.

“We only practiced three days, to be honest with you. EA’s in the same boat,” Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia said. “This was about giving the community something to get their minds off of what is around us, and I think it was pretty much a success. I’m glad Port Allen came. They were great guests, and I hope all of us will have great seasons.”

Both teams came into the day breaking in hordes of new starters after losing so many all-district performers from last season.

The Griffins got off to a great start early. On their opening drive, Chuckie Davis broke loose on a 30-yard run. It set up a 27-yard field goal by Christian Carillo to give them an early 3-0 lead.

East Ascension turned the ball over on their first two possessions. First-year starting quarterback Cameron Schexnaydre was picked off by Larry Hebert, and then, there was a fumble on a center to quarterback exchange.

The mistakes continued for the Spartans in the second quarter.

A dropped snap led to a rushed, errant punt that gave Dutchtown the ball at the East Ascension 31-yard line.

The Griffins converted two fourth downs, and on the 12th play of the series, Davis muscled his way in for a one-yard score to extend the advantage to 10-0.

East Ascension then fumbled away the ensuing kickoff. Dutchtown recovered it at the Spartan 19.

Just two plays later, Brock Beaman raced to the outside for a 16-yard score that put the game away at 17-0.

“Coach Saia said they were rebuilding, and we are, too. It’s a new system, and we just need more reps,” first-year East Ascension head coach Darnell Lee said. “We have to watch this film and get better. Dutchtown did a good job. They executed, and they stuck with it. It was working. Why change it?”

It was all about ball control for the Griffins. Davis led the way with 12 carries for 59 yards and a score.

“That’s Dutchtown football. That’s what we like,” Saia said. “Sometimes, you can do it, and sometimes, it’s not real successful. Tonight, we were able to do that, and I think turnovers were the difference in the game. Don’t make any mistakes about that.”

East Ascension was held to just 15 total yards. Schexnaydre was held to just 3-9 passing for six yards and an interception.

The defense held the Griffins to just 76 yards, but the turnovers constantly put them in bad spots.

“We have two guys back on defense, and you can see it,” Lee said. “Justin Harris played well, so did Cameron Simon. Our point guard on the basketball team, Jimel London did a great job at corner, so I’m excited about the growth we can have in the upcoming weeks. It isn’t over. This is just a scramboree—a scrimmage and a jamboree.”

With Friday night’s game out of the way, the teams will finally have game film to break down, and this week, they’ll get a full week of practice.

Dutchtown will need it as they prepare for a road clash against the defending 3A state champions.

Saia joked, “It’s just Lutcher next week. They’re not that good.”