Griffins cruise over Bucs despite errors

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Eddie Lacy spins against Broadmoor during a 43-yard pickup in his first action this season Friday night.

GEISMAR - Dutchtown cruised to a 34-8 non-district victory over Broadmoor Friday night at Griffin Field despite an error-filled first half.

“It wasn’t pretty but it was a win and we certainly found a lot of stuff to work on that we can improve on and we better improve on it because the competition is fixing to get a little stiffer,” Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia said.

“Penalties more than anything is something we have to work on. It was bad. We should have scored another touchdown. It should have been 21-0 at halftime but we had the turnover and 79 yards of penalties in the first half.”

Dutchtown provided balance on the offensive side of the ball as quarterback Wesley Perkins threw for two touchdowns and the Griffins usual stout rushing attack produced 302 yards on the ground.

“We are striving for balance,” Saia said. “We feel like that is something that will make us more dangerous offensively if we can do both. We were fortunate enough to hit a couple of balls. That is two weeks in a row.”

The Griffins’ defense shut out Broadmoor’s offense holding the Buccaneers to 103 yards of total offense. Broadmoor’s only score came on a fumble return late in the contest. 

“The defense played well,” Saia said. “The only score they got was off a fumble that they picked up and ran in when we had the third team in right before the end of the game.”

Kelvin York rushed for over 100 yards for the second consecutive week picking up 135 yards on 10 carries. Eddie Lacy, seeing his first action of the season after a knee injury sustained in a pre-season scrimmage against Zachary, gained 62 yards on five carries, while Lyndon Holmes added 55 yards on nine totes and scored two touchdowns.

“We are anxious to get (Kelvin and Eddie) on the field at the same time,” Saia said.  Eddie played a little bit and looked like he was healthy and Lyndon Holmes has been a nice surprise.”

Dutchtown drove 71 yards on 12 plays to open the contest capped by Perkins’ 19-yard touchdown pass to Greg Provo. York carried four times for 36 yards on the drive and Grant Auzene’s kick gave the Griffins a 7-0 lead with 7:46 left in the first half.

Lacy picked up 13 yards on his first carry to kick start Dutchtown’s next possession but was dropped for a loss on third down.

Justin Rivere recovered Matt Anderson’s fumble on the ensuing possession and Perkins connected with Effrem Reed from 34 yards a play into the end zone a later. Auzene’s kick put Dutchtown ahead 14-0 with 46 seconds left in the first quarter.

Two holding penalties set the Griffins back on their next possession before Lacy spun and bulldozed for 43 yards and a first down but fumbled a play later recovered by Broadmoor’s Ray Cook.

Dutchtown’s defense held but a holding penalty and personal foul set the Griffins back before Perkins 9-yard punt.

Eric Reid intercepted Hollier on the next possession but the Griffins were forced to punt after York’s 13-yard run and Perkins 14-yard pass to Jamon Stanton.

Lyndon Holmes capped the fourth possession of the second half with an 8-yard touchdown run after two earlier 8-yard runs followed by York’s 7-yard gain. Auzene’s kick gave  Dutchtown a 21-0 lead with 3:44 left in the third quarter.

York burst for a 69-yard pickup on the Griffins’ next possession and Holmes capped the 2-play drive with a 3-yard run into the end zone. Auzene’s kick made it 28-0 with 1:03 left to play in the third quarter.

Dutchtown drove to the Broadmoor 15 on their next possession behind Leon Blouin’s 24-yard quarterback keeper but Auzene’s 37-yard field goal attempt was no good.

Jordan Groff recovered Anderson’s fumble on the ensuing possession and Thaddeus Godfrey capped the 3-play drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. Conner Fryoux’s kick was no good leaving the score 34-0 with 4:54 left to play.

Rodell Pearl returned Jacob Williams’ fumble 54 yards for a touchdown on the Griffins’ next possession to get Broadmoor on the board with 37 seconds remaining. Hollier ran in the conversion for the final tally.

Dutchtown hosts West Jefferson Friday night at Griffin Field at 7 p.m. for homecoming.