Tigers’ speed blanks Albany

Peter Silas Pasqua
Donaldsonville’s Brian Foster sacks Albany’s Jonathon Bergeron for a 3-yard loss in the first half of the Tigers’ 24-0 victory in the LeBlanc Jambalaya Jamboree Friday night at Spartan Stadium.

Donaldsonville returned the opening kickoff and a punt for touchdowns on way to a 24-0 victory over Albany in the second game of the LeBlanc Food Stores Ascension - Livingston Challenge Jamboree Friday night at East Ascension’s Spartan Stadium.

“That kickoff return was pretty,” Donaldsonville first-year head coach Terence Williams said. “We are doing a great job teaching special teams and it busted opened for us. Those are bonus points and we are looking for those anytime we can get them to try and put teams away.”

“It is just exciting to see the gleam in the kids’ eyes with the things that they practice coming to fruition on the field. We can’t leave any stone unturned and we have build on what we have.”

Bryant Dunn cut from left to right up the middle of the field on way to an 83-yard touchdown return of the opening kickoff. Quarterback Devon Breaux took in the conversion to put the Tigers ahead 8-0 with 11:46 left to play in the half.

“We knew if we didn’t do a good job of bottling their speed it was going to be a long night for us and from the opening kickoff on, we didn’t do it,” Albany head coach Brad Ficklin said.

Albany advanced to their own 47 on the ensuing possession before penalties sent them backwards but they quickly got the ball back at the Donaldsonville 30 after a four-and-out and a bad punt. But Jonathon Bergeron fumbled the hand-off a play later and Darvelle Allen recovered at the Tiger 28

Breaux capped the ensuing 8-play drive with a 15-yard keeper into the end zone. Antonio Smith ran in the conversion to put Donaldsonville ahead 16-0 with 2:27 left in the first half. Dunn had carries of 22, 11 and 11 yards on the drive.

Brian Foster sacked Bergeron for a 3-yard loss on fourth down after the Hornets crossed midfield on Allen Garon’s 7-yard run on the next possession.

Albany reached the Tiger 47 on the opening possession of the second half but once again penalties sent them backwards and Smith returned the ensuing punt 65 yards down the Hornets sideline. Breaux ran in the conversion to make it 24-0 with 7:31 left to play.

Bergeron connected with Bubba Morgan for 9 yards to the Tiger 40 on the ensuing possession before Justin Breaux sacked him for an 8-yard loss and his 14 and 7-yard completions to Denny Dansby and Garon fell short.

Smith picked up 23 yards to move the Tigers across midfield before Jordan Rosemond’s 20-yard run allowed Donaldsonville to run the clock out.

Dunn had 54 yards rushing on nine carries and Breaux rushed for 21 yards and had another 28 in the air in the Tigers’ new spread offense.

“It is going to take a couple of years before they master it but they are doing a good job with it and coaches are doing a great job putting them in position,” Williams said.