Griffins use quick start to dominate Gators, 56-21
GEISMAR - Dutchtown scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and took a commanding 42-0 lead on way to a 56-21 District 5-5A victory over winless St. Amant Halloween night at Griffin Field Friday.
“They just couldn’t stop us,” Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia said. “It is hard to find any negatives. Our line dominated the line of scrimmage with our two backs and we threw the ball which we wanted to work on. We were able to play a lot of kids that practice everyday and it is good when those guys get to play under the lights because that is the future of our program.”
“You don’t know how they are going to respond to a loss but they came out and I thought they played well early and put the game away. All of sudden you lose a game and all that stuff creeps in that you don’t have to deal with when you are winning. (St. Amant) played hard and that is a credit to their coaching that they are able to keep those guys coming back. They are going to get better and will be a team to reckoned with in the future. “
Dutchtown (6-1, 3-1) had lost its first game of the season last week to Hahnville but the Griffins can still share the district championship if they defeat undefeated Destrehan Friday night.
“We are playing for a district title,” Saia said. “We are playing for seedings in the playoffs. We are playing for Ascension Parish to show that we can play in that league. We will fire our best shot and see what happens.”
Dutchtown only needed 18 offensive plays to go ahead 35-0 less than a minute into the second quarter as St. Amant (0-8, 0-4) did not cross midfield over the span. All of those possessions ended in touchdown runs — three by Kelvin York and two by Eddie Lacy.
“Dutchtown is an excellent football team,” St. Amant head coach David Oliver said. “I think they are incredibly well coached and we are rooting for them to go out and bring home the district championship to Ascension Parish. They have a classy staff and classy kids and they just outmanned us in every phase of the game.”
“They had an experience advantage and they are playing with a tremendous amount of confidence. That is a good football team. They are going to make a deep run in the playoffs. They have a lot going for them. It was a difficult challenge for us and we were not able to meet it.”
York scored on a 59-yard trap on the Griffins’ first offensive play from scrimmage. Kendryck Johnson sacked St. Amant quarterback Tyler Guillory for an 8-yard loss to force the Gators to punt after Guillory hit Chase Keller for a 16-yard completion to start the contest. Grant Auzene’s kick gave Dutchtown a 7-0 lead with 9:01 left to play in the first quarter.
York capped the Griffins’ next 5-play, 53-yard series with a 4-yard romp into the end zone. Lacy carried twice for Dutchtown accounting for most of the yardage with runs of 38 and 11 yards. Auzene’s kick made it 14-0 with 5:51 left in the first quarter.
Lacy went over the top from 1-yard to cap Dutchtown’s next possession that covered 50 yards in five plays. Quarterback Wesley Perkins completed to Effrem Reed for 19 and 30 yard catch and runs to set up the score. Auzene’s kick put Dutchtown ahead 21-0 with 3:55 left in the first quarter.
Johnson forced Adrian Bourgeois’ fumble that was recovered by Eric Reid at the Gators 2 on the next play from scrimmage after a squib kick gave St. Amant awful field position and Lacy hit pay dirt from 1-yard two plays later. Auzene’s kick made it 28-0 with 2:52 left in the first quarter.
York capped the Griffins’ next series with an 11-yard run after Perkins completed passes to Greg Provo, Reed and Max Rought for 16, 12 and 16 yards on the 5-play, 55-yard drive. Auzene’s kick put Dutchtown ahead 35-0 with 11:16 left in the first half.
St. Amant drove to the Griffin 40 on the ensuing possession but Bourgeois was stopped just short on fourth down. Britton Day’s 13-yard run brought the Gators to midfield. Jake Roberts recovered Thaddeaus Godfrey’s fumble two plays later at the Dutchtown 45 and Guillory connected with Anthony Bonadona for 20 yards before keeping for 12 more but a personal foul send the Gators backwards and Colby Robert’s 35-yard field goal attempt was short with 5:10 left in the half.
Leon Blouin hit Lyndon Holmes out of the backfield for 15 yards to start the next series but Shannon Lucas sacked Blouin for an 8-yard loss and the Griffins were forced to punt.
Brandon Lucas intercepted Guillory on the first play of the ensuing possession and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown. Auzene’s kick made it 42-0 with 2:12 left in the first half.
St. Amant got on the board just before half-time when Guillory hit Keller for a 13-yard touchdown reception to cap a 10-play, 70-yard drive. Guillory connected with Tre` Vaughn, Bonadona and Keller for 29, 11 and 18 yards to set up the score. Robert’s kick cut the score to 42-7 with 7.2 seconds remaining in the first half.
“I thought (Guillory) had his moments,” Oliver said. “He made a few freshmen mistakes but he gave us some things. It looks like our future is bright although our present has not been where we want it to be.”
Godfrey sprinted down the right sideline for an 81-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fifth possession of the second half and Conner Fryoux’s kick put Dutchtown ahead 49-7 with 1:56 left in the third quarter.
Holmes rumbled 44 yards on the first play of the Griffins’ next possession and Godfrey hit pay dirt from 5 yards two plays later. Fryoux’s kick made it 56-7 with 11:54 to play.
Keller returned the ensuing kickoff 41 yards and Bourgeois capped the 4-play, 41-yard drive with a 4-yard burst into the end zone. Guillory connected with Keller for 21 yards and kept for 16 more to set up the score. Justin Manton’s kick cut it to 56-14 with 9:54 left to play.
Lucas intercepted Guillory to end the St. Amant’s next possession but fumbled on the return which was recovered by Guillory to give the Gators’ new life. Vaughn hit pay dirt from 10 yards two plays later and Manton’s kick reflected the final tally with 2:26 left to play.
Godfrey led Dutchtown with 110 yards on 13 attempts, while York added 74 yards on four attempts, Holmes contributed 62 yards on eight carries and Lacy had 55 yards on five totes.
Guillory threw for 143 yards on 9-of-24 passing and also led the Gators on the ground with 53 yards rushing on 18 attempts.
St. Amant closes out the season against Hahnville (5-3, 2-2) Friday night at The Pit.
“There is always silver linings when you watch film,” Oliver said. “I am sure we will be able to take some positive and be able to move forward to take it into the offseason and try to improve this program.”
Dutchtown travels to defending state champion, No. 2 Destrehan (8-0, 4-0) Friday night.
“We took them to the wire last year,” Saia said. “I think we really could get a lot of respect if we can go their next week and win that game. This district doesn’t take a back seat to anybody.”