Griffins rush for 350 yards in bi-district win over Hahnville

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Kelvin York busts loose for a 45-yard gain in the third quarter of the Griffin’s 35-7 Class 5A bi-district playoff victory over Hahnville Friday night. York led all rushers with 194 yards on 15 carries while scoring three touchdowns.

GEISMAR - There were no overtimes or comebacks in the second installment of Dutchtown vs. Hahnville.

Dutchtown stormed out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter and never looked back on way to a 35-7 Class 5A bi-district playoff victory over District 6-5A nemesis Hahnville at Griffin Field Friday night.

The tale of the tape in the playoff contest bore no semblance to the regular season matchup which Hahnville won, 49-48, in double overtime.

“Outstanding job,” Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia told his team. “I knew we could do that. We should have done that the first time. This is a lesson to you. What is the difference when you play and when you don’t play? When we play we are pretty darn good. When you don’t play, you lose.”

No. 13 seed Dutchtown (8-2) advances to face No. 4 seed Barbe (10-0) Friday night at Barbe Buc Stadium in Lake Charles. Barbe advanced with a 41-7 victory over No. 29 Comeaux (4-6).

“Every game is going to be tougher than the one before,” Saia said. “That is how it is. It is a five step journey and we just took the first one. We have to have a good week of practice and go take that second step. This team is special. The only thing that can stop this team is this team. Great job.”

The Griffins limited No. 20 seed Hahnville (6-4) to 47 rushing yards, while piling up 350 yards of their own on the ground.

“They won the physical battle up front,” Hahnville head coach Lou Valdin said. They did nothing special. Absolutely, nothing we didn’t know. They just whipped us up front.

“We are both running teams. They won the line of scrimmage and our season is over. We wish them the best of luck.”

Kelvin York and Eddie Lacy combined for 281 yards for Dutchtown. York had a game-high 194 yards on 15 carries to go with three touchdowns, while Lacy added 87 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown.

“I thought our offensive line played outstanding,” Saia said. “I thought that was going to be the key to the game. If we could block them and get our running game going. I knew they were going to put everyone inside and that is what they did.

“I don’t think there are too many defensive backs that will tackle Eddie and Kelvin.”

Dutchtown capitalized two turnovers in the first half off interceptions and held Hahnville out of the end zone in the third quarter after the Tigers had cut it to 28-7 and recovered an onsides kick.

“I am really proud of our defense because they are explosive on offense,” Saia said. “Our defense bowed their neck and kept them out. That was something that really scared me because if they had scored it would have been a 14-point game and I have seen stranger things happen.”

Neither team was able to pick up a first down on their opening possessions of the contest. Eric Reid intercepted Guiseppe Crovetto on Hahnville’s second possession and returned it 17 yards to the Tiger 47. four plays later Antoine Evans forced Dutchtown quarterback Wesley Perkins to fumble and Treval Denmiles recovered at the Hahnville 31.

Hahnville drove to the Dutchtown 41 in 10 plays behind Crovetto’s 10-yard completion to Blaise Dempster and 3-yard sneak on fourth down but the Tigers were forced to punt.

York capped the ensuing 10-play, 71-yard drive with a 24-yard gallop up the gut with 7:31 left in the first half. Evans hit holder Leon Blouin just short after a bad snap to leave the score 6-0. York carried three times for 38 yards on the drive.

Jordan Groff intercepted Crovetto three plays later on a deflection by Grant Medine and Lacy capped the Griffins ensuing 4-play, 48-yard drive with a 26-yard jaunt. York ran in the conversion to make it 14-0 with 4:33 left in the first half. Thaddeus Godfrey’s 14-yard pickup kickstarted the drive.

“We could have played better,” Valdin said. “You turn the ball over and you are going to lose. We had a chance but they wanted it more than us. They played harder than us. We couldn’t get them on the ground.”

Dutchtown wasn’t finished and after holding the Tigers to a three and out, drove 74-yards in eight plays. York busted a 50-yard run down the right sideline and capped the drive with a 3-yard burst. Grant Auzene’s kick gave the Griffins a 21-0 lead with 20.2 seconds left in the first half.

“Give the credit to the O-line,” York said. “They made the holes for us. We just executed.”

Dutchtown drove 80 yards in five plays to open the second half capped by York’s 35-yard juke and scamper. York’s 45-yard run crossed the Griffins pass midfield but was trimmed for a holding penalty. Auzene’s kick made it 28-0 with 10:21 left to play in the third quarter.

Two possessions later Brion James jarred York and Wendell Boyd recovered at the Griffin 44. Crovetto connected with Dempster for 17 yards before hitting Jared Harrell in the end zone from 25 yards away. Brandon LaRousse’s kick cut it to 28-7 with 5:02 left in the third quarter.

Ahmad White recovered the ensuing onsides kick at the Dutchtown 27 after a roughing the kicker penalty but the Griffins stiffened forcing Crovetto into four straight incompletions.

Three possessions later, Perkins hit Cody Vicknair streaking down the right sideline for a 53-yard scoring strike with 10:52 left to play. Auzene’s kick reflected the final tally.

Crovetto completed 5 of 21 passes for 77 yards. Alfred Blue led Hahnville on the ground with 23 yards on 10 carries.

Barbe won the District 2-5A championship after a 24-20 victory over Acadiana.

“I don’t know the first thing about Barbe except they are good,” Saia said. “It is great first step and I am glad to be practicing in week 12.  We were banged up as I am sure they were. In week 11 everyone is banged up. We have to get some guys back.”

Dutchtown’s Eddie Lacy follows the block of Colby Little on way to a 26-yard touchdown run in the second quarter Friday night. Lacy finished with 87 yards on 22 carries.