No. 5 Dutchtown grinds past No. 8 ESJ in Reed’s breakout

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Wesley Perkins, underneath the pile, scores on a 1-yard quarterback sneak in the third quarter behind John Lambert, Shawn Cook, Thomas Harvey and Colby Little Friday night.

GEISMAR - Fifth-ranked Dutchtown had two 100-yard rushers en route to a 38-25 victory over No. 8 East St. John in a crucial 5-5A game at Griffin Field Friday night.

“Great job men,” Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia told his team after the game. “You all put yourself on the map tonight. That is a good football team you just ran over. We are on to something special. Don’t forget what got you here.”

Effrem Reed led Dutchtown (6-0, 2-0) with 137 yards on eight carries adding a touchdown, mainly on misdirection plays that allowed the 175-pound sophomore to get to the outside on a Wildcat defense focused on the Griffins’ two 225-pound backs Eddie Lacy and Kelvin York.

“The offensive line blocked well,” Reed said. “They opened things up to the outside so I could cut back and make plays.”

Lacy finished with 117 yards on 18 carries to go with two touchdowns, while York added 36 yards on nine touches and quarterback Wesley Perkins scored on two 1-yard sneaks.

“That is a good football team,” Saia said. “That was a good football game. They have so many athletes in so many places. I just didn’t know if we could block them because they put so many guys in the box. I knew we couldn’t line up and run over them. It is a big win. I couldn’t be more happy.

“I just think we executed some plays when we had to have them and that is what good football teams do. I thought (East St. John) played their behinds off. I don’t know if anybody wanted it anymore than the other but we made some third down conversions and I thought our defense played extremely well. They made some key stops. That is a quality win for our program. East St. John’s tradition and history is unbelievable.”

Alex Singleton led East St. John (2-3, 1-1) with 90 yards on 13 carries and scored three touchdowns for the Wildcats that turned the ball over three times in the first half.

“We had some turnovers, but you have to give them credit,” East St. John head coach Larry Dauterive said. “They made plays. They have great athletes. Their system has been the same for the last seven years, they haven’t swayed from it and their kids have bought into it. They executed and we didn’t. We couldn’t stop them defensively. If you score 25 points, you are supposed to win. It didn’t happen.

“They showed that they wanted it more. They ran harder. They broke tackles. They were possessed. I take my hat off to them. They have a good team. I hope they go a long way.”

Dutchtown forced East St. John into a three-and-out on the opening possession and the Griffins drove to the ESJ 35 on the next possession behind Reed’s 20-yard scamper but were forced to punt. Marcus Godfrey recovered Reynaldo Young’s bobble on the punt at the Wildcat 10, but Romelle Jones stuffed Lacy on third down and the Griffins had to settle for a 21-yard field goal by Grant Auzene to go up 3-0 with 5:11 left in the first quarter.

East St. John answered with a 11-play, 60-yard drive capped by Singleton’s 1-yard burst with 10 seconds remaining in the quarter. Quarterback Kalen Henderson hit Tim Evans for a 19-yard pickup to kick start the drive and rushed for 22 yards to put the Wildcats in the red zone before scrambling on third down to set up the score. Tyler Hazet’s kick put East St. John ahead 7-3.

“They are huge up front,” Saia said. “No. 5 (Henderson) hurt us with his feet way more than he did with his arm.”

Alvin Scioneau dropped Lacy for a loss on the ensuing possession and the Griffins were forced to punt but Eric Reid recovered Singleton’s fumble a play later at the Griffin 49.

Perkins rolled right and connected with York for 15 yards on third down and Reed picked up 16 yards to convert another third down before Lacy burst up the middle into the end zone from 17 yards a play later. Auzene’s kick gave Dutchtown a 10-7 lead with 7:02 left in the half.

East St. John quickly responded when Singleton took an option right for 32 yards and punched it in from 4 yards a play after Andre Millet found Henderson down the left sideline for a 34-yard completion on a halfback pass to cap the four-play drive. Hazet’s kick was wide left to leaving East St. John with a 13-10 lead with 5:24 left in the half.

Dutchtown would answer when Reed beat Tori Zeno to the corner on an option and raced down the right sideline for a 20-yard scoring run. Reed picked up 11-yards to kick start the nine-play, 72-yard drive and Perkins connected with Lacy for 23 and 6 yards, both to convert third downs. Auzene’s kick put the Griffins ahead 17-13 with 2:23 left in the half.

Godfrey returned Henderson’s interception to the Griffin 43 on the ensuing possession but Dutchtown did not capitalize.

Jones sacked Perkins of a 6-yard loss to end the opening possession of the second half and Todd Muse capped the ensuing 6-play, 55-yard drive with a 7-yard run off right tackle into the end zone. Muse carried for 8 and 10 yards on the drive and Singleton added a 17-yard pickup. Henderson fumbled an option pitch on the conversion to leave the Wildcats with a 19-17 lead at the 7:15 mark in the third quarter.

Dutchtown answered with a 7-play, 55-yard drive capped by Perkins’ 1-yard quarterback sneak. York returned the kickoff 32 yards to kick start the possession and Perkins hit Lacy down the right sideline for 20 yards to cross midfield. Reed’s 32-yard misdirection scamper down the left sideline set up the score. Auzene’s kick gave Dutchtown a 24-19 lead with 3:40 left in the third quarter.

A host of Griffins led by Justin Rivere sacked Henderson for a 7-yard loss to start the ensuing possession and the Wildcats were forced to punt. East St. John held but could not capitalize an 11-play, 35-yard drive to the Dutchtown 16 and Kendryck Johnson sacked Henderson for an 8-yard loss on fourth down. Henderson hit Millet for 14-yards on fourth down to keep the drive alive a holding penalty sent the Wildcats backwards.

“When we were behind and drove to the eight yard line, then got a 15-yard penalty for holding and took a sack,” Dauterive said. “That is what killed us.”

Dutchtown took advantage as Lacy broke through the Wildcat defense for a 57-yard pickup two plays later and Perkins capped the 5-play, 68-yard drive with a 1-yard sneak. Auzene’s kick gave Dutchtown a 31-19 lead with 6:03 left to play.

East St. John was not finished and Singleton capped the ensuing 10-play, 57-yard drive with a 2-yard burst off right tackle. Muse converted a third down with an 8-yard run and the Wildcats took advantage of a face mask penalty before 8-yard runs by Henderson and Millet.

Cody Vicknair recovered the onsides kick and Lacy added another touchdown on a 23-yard gallop on fourth down to cap a 6-play, 51-yard drive after Reed’s 27-yard pickup. Auzene’s kick reflected the final tally with 13 seconds remaining.

Perkins was 6-of-12 passing for 75 yards, while Henderson completed 7 of 13 passes for 59 yards. Muse added 57 yards on 13 carries for East St. John.

“We beat a real good football team,” Saia said. “We are 6-0 and 2-0 in district. That is all good stuff. That is all stuff that keeps us in the hunt. It is probably as big a win as we have had in the regular season for sure.”

Dutchtown travels to Hahnville (3-2, 1-1) Friday night at Tiger Stadium in Boutte.

Dutchtown’s Effrem Reed rushes for an 11-yard pickup as East St. John’s’ Chris Marshall pursues in the second quarter of the Griffins’ 38-25 victory Friday night. Reed led all rushers with 137 yards on just eight carries and scored one touchdown.