Barbe denies Griffins on final play to preserve regional win

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Eddie Lacy is stopped by Barbe’s Janzen Jackson, Logan Hamilton and Cade Daughenbaugh on a two-point conversion that would have forced overtime preserving Babe’s 28-26 Class 5A regional playoff victory Friday night. Lacy scored a 4-yard touchdown run a play earlier with no time remaining in regulation and finished with 121 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns.

LAKE CHARLES - Barbe stopped Dutchtown running back Eddie Lacy short on a two-point conversion with no time left on the clock to preserve a 28-26 Class 5A regional playoff victory Friday night at Buc Stadium.

No. 13 seed Dutchtown (8-3) scored on the final play of regulation on a 4-yard run by Lacy, but the conversion to force overtime was snuffed out by Logan Hamilton, Janzen Jackson and Cade Daughenbaugh to end the game after the Griffins rallied from a 28-7 half-time deficit.

“Nobody will ever question your heart,” Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia told his team after. “What you did in the second half is phenomenal. I know it hurts. If you learn one thing from me, it is this team can do anything. Together, this is where the power is.

“Our season is over. That is a fact but you represent Dutchtown football and you have nothing to drop your head about. This is one of the most enjoyable seasons that I have ever had. You guys are special and I will never forget you.”

No. 4 seed Barbe (11-0) stopped Lacy on the 1-yard line after he lined up in the straight-T formation, the same play he scored on a play earlier.

“We brought them all,” Barber head coach Jimmy Shaver said. “We knew he was going to get it and run to the opposite side he lined up. We had done the same thing before and it didn’t work. Lacy is the real deal. We had him locked up a bunch of times and he spun out. It takes several to bring him down.”

Barbe advances to the quarterfinals and will host No. 5 seed Thibodaux (10-0) Friday night.

Lacy finished with 121 yards on 25 carries to go with two touchdowns as the Griffins had two 100-yard rushers with Kelvin York providing 114 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown.

Lacy’s final touchdown capped a 19-play, 99-yard drive that began with 5:25 left in the game. The Griffins converted three fourth downs on the drive, including a fourth-and-17 when Lacy snatched a 27-yard completion from quarterback Wesley Perkins. York stepped out of bounds at the Barbe 4 with one second remaining on an 8-yard run on fourth-and-6 and Perkins hit Effrem Reed in the flat for a 13-yard completion on fourth-and-12 four plays earlier.

Colby Little’s 22-yard reception from Perkins gave the Griffins breathing room on the first play of the drive.

“It is just a tough way to lose,” Saia said. “These guys have no quit in them. We shut them out in the second half and came up a yard short. We told the guys at half-time, you have 24 minutes to play. Go out and don’t worry about the score. Just play. That is what they did. Barbe is a good football team but we have a pretty good one, too.

“I thought Kelvin and Eddie ran hard and Wesley made some big plays. Our defense stepped up. Just gut checks. There is no quit in these kids. I will remember them for the rest of my life.”

Dutchtown dominated the second half, rolling up 220 yards on 45 plays to Barbe’s 87 yards on 17 plays.

“The style of offense they have, they keep the ball for a long period of time,” Shaver said. “I thought we had them stopped several times on fourth down and they found a way to make a play. I am still in shock. What a great effort on their part.

“They have a good football team and I knew if we let them back in the game, it would be tough. We gave them the kickoff return and we struggled on offense in the second half. We shot ourselves in the foot most of the time when we had opportunities. They have some good players on defense and we didn’t play well.”

Dutchtown scored on the opening possession of the second half when Lacy scampered 8 yards two plays after Jonathan Darville returned the kickoff 75 yards. Grant Auzene’s kick cut it to 28-14 with 10:55 left in the third quarter.

On the next play from scrimmage, Shaquille Lewis stripped Kevin Berard on a 20-yard completion from quarterback Eric Cutrera and Eric Reid recovered the fumble at the Griffin 46. Dutchtown drove to the Barbe 25 behind Lacy’s 23-yard run down the right sideline but Daughenbaugh and Eric Papion dropped him short on fourth down.

The Griffins began their next possession at the Barbe 8 and York capped a 17-play drive with a 17-yard burst off left tackle, but LSU commitment Jackson blocked Auzene’s kick to keep the score 28-20 with 10:55 left to play forcing the climatic two-point conversion.

“Janzen blocking the extra point earlier was really big at the end,” Shaver said. “He is not Superman. He is human but he can make plays and when it is crunch time, that is who we pappy on and ask to make the play.”

Reid took the direct snap for a first down to the Griffin 43 on a fake punt, keeping the drive alive before Perkins’ 7-yard run on fourth down set up the score a play later.

Barbe drove to the Griffin 28 on the ensuing possession before Kendryck Johnson sacked Cutrera for a 13-yard loss on fourth down. Cutrera completed three passes for 35 yards on the drive and rushed three times for 31 yards before the sack. His punt was downed at the Dutchtown 1.

Reid intercepted Cutrera on the contest’s second play from scrimmage and Perkins capped the 11-play, 41-yard drive with a 1-yard quarterback sneak on fourth-and-goal. Auzene’s kick put Dutchtown ahead 7-0 with 6:48 left in the first quarter.

Jackson fumbled the ensuing kickoff, which was recovered by Jacob Magee, but hit Lacy for no gain on fourth-and-two four plays later.

“We had a chance,” Saia said. “We got back down here and they stopped us on fourth down. That is a credit to their defense.”

Barbe would close out the half with 28 unanswered points.

Cutrera hit Michael Guillory short over the middle before Guillory stretched it into a 56-yard scoring reception on the ensuing possession capping a 6-play, 67-yard drive. Raphael Zahm’s kick knotted the score up with 2:24 left in the first quarter.

“In the style of offense that we run, you are going to have some turnovers,” Shaver said. “You have to overcome stuff like that. We feel our offense will be able to score everytime they are on the field. The good thing is it wasn’t worse. If it would have been 14-0 it would have been tough.”

Papion recovered Lacy’s fumble on the ensuing possession at the Griffin 39 but Darville, Randy Thackery and Marcus Godfrey stopped Texas Tech commitment Ernest Celestie short on fourth-and-goal from the Griffin 2. Cutrera completed five passes for 37 yards on the drive, but was sacked by Thackery for an 8-yard loss.

Celestie returned Auzene’s punt from the back of the end zone 28 yards to the Griffin 4 after a three-and-out and punched it in a play later. Zahm’s kick gave Barbe a 14-7 lead with 6:02 left in the half.

Jared Bellard recovered Auzene’s fumble at the Griffin 35 following a bobbled snap on a punt attempt four plays late, and Celestie ran into the end zone after breaking Reid’s tackle on a 10-yard touchdown completion from Cutrera to cap the ensuing four-play drive. Zahm’s kick gave the Buccaneers a 21-7 lead with 2:47 left in the half.

Patrick Powell intercepted Perkins two plays later at the Griffin 45 and Cutrera’s 4-yard completion to Dustin White capped the six-play drive. Zahm’s kick made it 28-7 with 51 seconds remaining in the half. Cutrera completed 5-of-6 passes for every yard on the possession.

“He is not that big but he can make plays,” Shaver said of Cutrera. “He can run and find guy open. Even when the design is not there, he finds someone on a crossing route.”

Cutrera finished the night completing 21-of-30 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns.

The game was the last one for Dutchtown’s 25 seniors, who became the winningest class in school history.

“In June, July and August when you are in that weight room and running, that is when games are won,” Saia  said.”That is what this program is built on and I couldn’t be prouder of our seniors. They are special.”

Dutchtown’s Kendryck Johnson and Richard Buckland tackle Barbe’s Josh Edwards for a 3-yard loss in the third quarter Friday night.