Tigers advance past Westminster behind Bailey, Smith

Reggie Parquet
Donaldsonville’s Jamar Landry fight for extra yardage in the Tigers’ 40-14 Class 2A bi-district playoff victory over Westminster Christian Friday night. Landry had a game-high 164 yards on 12 carries.

DONALDSONVILLE - Donaldsonville continued to steamroll its competition with a 40-14 Class 2A bi-district playoff victory over Westminster Christian Friday night at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium.

"The thing I'm really proud of tonight is that we had two or three kids that were injured, and our kids stepped up,” Donaldsonville head coach Gary Adkins said. “I think that's the sign of a good football program.”

Donaldsonville running back Jamar Landry rushed for 164 yards on 12 carries  to fill the void left by the Tigers' leading rusher, Bryant Dunn who has rushed for 1,400 yards but was sidelined early in the game due to a nagging ankle injury. The Tigers didn’t miss  a beat totaling 301 yards on the ground. 

Quarterback Laine Bailey added 62 yards on 12 totes and completed 5 of 9 passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

Antonio Smith caught both touchdowns and Jarrett Cole also hauled in three passes for 68 yards.

Donaldsonville advances to face Loyala Prep Friday night in the regionals. Loyola defeated Sterlington 31-22.

Donaldsonville jumped out to an early lead over the Crusaders with a pair of first quarter touchdown runs by quarterback  Bailey and tailback Smith. 

Donaldsonville only needed five plays to score its initial touchdown on a 25-yard keeper by Bailey. Helping to set up the score was a 43-yard run by Landry on the second play of the game.

The Tigers added to their lead in the second quarter as Bailey and Smith hooked up on a 16-yard touchdown pass, making the score 21-0. 

However, Westmnster was able to narrow the gap before halftime with two short touchdown runs by fullback Tyler Graham.

"It was the big plays that hurt us,” Westminster head coach Tommy Badon said.  “We didn't put enough pressure on the quarterback on third and long.  If we stop them on any number of those times and make a play, I think the score would have been a little bit closer."

The second half belonged to Donaldsonville as the Tigers posted 19 unanswered points.  Bailey ran for a 22-yard touchdown. Earlier in the drive, the Tigers converted on third-and-12 from their own 45 on a 38-yard pass from Bailey to  Cole.

Another fourth-down stop, this time at the DHS 26, gave the ball back to the Tigers. It took only four plays before Bailey hit Antonio Smith on a 25-yard scoring toss to make it 34-14 with 26 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

DHS’ final score came on a 1-yard run by Tre’ Sullivan with 1:08 left in the game two plays following Shaqueel Babin’s interception of a James Fontenot pass.