No. 7 Dutchtown to focus within against Broadmoor

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Jared Braud wraps up Redemptorist’s Jonathan Green as teammate Brandon Lucas closes in last week. The Griffins held the Wolves to 204 total yards. Dutchtown hosts Broadmoor at Griffin Field Friday night. 
Staff Photo by Peter Silas Pasqua

GEISMAR - Dutchtown is approaching its home opener against Broadmoor Friday night at Griffin Field as they do every game.

“All we can control is what we can do, not what Broadmoor does or John Curtis or whoever we are playing,” Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia said.  “That is every week. We just try to be as good as we can be and everything else will take care of itself.”

No. 7 Dutchtown of Class 5A defeated No. 6 Redemptorist of Class 3A, 24-15, last Saturday in Baton Rouge, rushing for 286 yards in what became the season opener after a home contest with Assumption was canceled due to Hurricane Gustav. Saia said the Griffins are taking the most they can from that game.

“Ten points. Power points,” Saia said. “Just playing, I think, is going to be a bonus. Hopefully we will improve from the first to the second game.”

Kelvin York finished with 143 yards on 28 carries, while unheralded senior fullback Lyndon Holmes broke out for 112 yards on eight carries.

The Griffins defeated Broadmoor 56-14 a year ago as Dutchtown’s leading returning rusher Eddie Lacy produced 128 yards on just four carries including three carries. In total, Dutchtown rushed for 370 yards. Lacy has not played since an injury to his knee in a scrimmage against Zachary but Saia said he may play Friday.

“Not real sure,” Saia said Tuesday. “He is going to try to practice a little bit today and see how that goes and we will go from there.”

Dutchtown held Broadmoor to 160 total yards last season and only surrendered 204 total yards to Redemptorist a week ago but Saia was hesitant to say the Griffins’ defense is ready for Broadmoor.

““I won’t know till we play them,” Saia said. “That is why you play the game. What happened last year has nothing to do with this year,” Saia said. “They are not going to give us 20 points because we beat them last year. We have to come out and play good solid football, not turn the ball over,  not make stupid mistakes and not give up the big play on defense.”

Broadmoor has not played since a 6-0 defeat to Woodlawn in the Kickoff Classic Jamboree. The Buccanneers are coming off a 2-8 season and only dress 25 players in head coach Rusty Price’s 25th year at the school.

“I have a ton of respect for Rusty Price,” Saia said. “I have never played one of his teams that didn’t come in and play hard. I have coached against him at three or four different schools and I don’t expect anything less from this team. It is going to be a hard football game. We are going to approach it and play it and try to do our best. That is any game that we play.”

Broadmoor is led by junior quarterback Matt Anderson. Terrance Heatley returns at tight end and George Neely returns at fullback. Harrison Hollier and Carl Hart are the running backs.

The Buccanneers 4-3 defense features five returning starters including ends Anton Smith and Daniel Curry and cornerback Tennart Leonard.