Dutchtown JV overcomes Gators’ rally, 21-14

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Thaddeus Godfrey runs by St. Amant’s Daniel Lawless on a 21-yard run in the second quarter of the Griffins’ 21-14 victory in junior varsity action Wednesday night.

ST. AMANT - Dutchtown jumped out to a 13-0 half-time lead but were forced to come from behind for a 21-14 victory after a furious St. Amant rally Wednesday night at The Pit.

The game featured five personal fouls including six offsetting unsportsmanlike penalties.

Landon Henry recovered Shaquille Lewis’ bobbled catch on a punt at the Gator 32 after the Griffins forced a three-and-out to open the second half and Nelson Jointer capped St. Amant’s ensuing 14-play drive with a 1-yard burst into the end zone. Quarterback Tyler Guillory connected with Dalton Alexander for a 26-yard catch and run to open the drive before Britton Day’s 5-yard option run to the left gained a first down.

Guillory’s 7-yard keeper picked up another first down before a personal foul pushed the Gators back after Jointer’s 13-yard rumble. Jointer’s 2-yard run converted a fourth down before his 4-yard pickup set up the score. Justin Manton’s kick cut it to 13-7 with 1:14 left in the third quarter.

Dutchtown drove to midfield behind Leon Blouin’s keeper for a first down and Thaddeus Godfrey’s 9-yard scamper for another but Marlon Bourgeois and Justin Bumgardner sandwiched Blouin for a 4-yard loss and a fumble that the Griffins recovered. Conner Fryoux got a punt off near the end zone after a bad snap and Bourgeois fell on the ball at the Dutchtown 28.

Guillory capped the ensuing 4-play drive with a 1-yard sneak into the end zone. A personal foul set the Gators up at their own 8-yard line after Chance Kendrick’s 12-yard run opened the series. Manton’s kick gave St. Amant the lead 14-13 with 5:03 left to play.

A personal foul on Dutchtown set the Griffins back to their own 11 on the ensuing possession. Godfrey went off left tackle and met the sideline before hitting pay dirt from 31 yards to cap the 9-play drive only after another personal foul against St. Amant.

Godfrey’s 14-yard run gave the Griffins some breathing room before Nicholas Shipman’s 15-yard gallop. Shipman’s 4-yard gain moved Dutchtown across midfield and converted a third down. Todd Pursor ran in the conversion to make it 21-14 with 1:03 left to play.

Guillory connected with Alexander for 21 yards to open the ensuing possession before Devon Bercegeay sacked him for a 12-yard loss and Lewis intercepted him to seal the Griffins’ victory.

Daniel Lawless hit Blouin for a  loss and the Gators took advantage of a holding penalty to force a three and out to open the contest.

Blouin’s 27-yard scramble into the end zone capped the Griffins’ next 5-play, 60-yard drive. Godfrey’s 10-yard scamper moved Dutchtown across midfield and converted a third down before a Gator personal foul. Fryoux’s kick made it 7-0 with 4:03 left to play in the first quarter.

Following offsetting unsportsmanlike penalties on the kickoff, St. Amant took over at the their own 33-yard line but were forced to punt after Paris Stewart dropped Kendrick for a 6-yard loss.

Shipman’s 1-yard touchdown run capped the ensuing 8-play, 58-yard drive. Blouin connected with Jamon Stanton for 12 yards to cross midfield before Godfrey’s 21-yard weave set up the score. Jay Gipson blocked Fryoux’s kick to leave the score 13-7 with 7:30 left in the half.

The Gators were forced into another three-and-out and Fryoux’s 21-yard field goal attempt was wide left after Dutchtown drove 53 yards in 14 plays. Blouin was dropped for a 9-yard loss by Henry before hitting Godfrey out of the backfield for a 14-yard catch and run.

Following offsetting unsportsmanlike penalties, Blouin eluded the grasp of Craig Bergeron in the backfield for an 11-yard pick up. Blouin would keep to the Gator 5 before more offsetting unsportsmanlike penalties sent the Griffins’ backwards.

St. Amant’s Marlon Bourgeois and Justin Bumgarder sandwich Dutchtown’s Leon Blouin forcing a fumble in the fourth quarter Wednesday night