Griffins regroup to push past West Jefferson, 10-7

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Devon Bercegeay forces a fumble against Lutcher last week. The Griffins held West Jefferson to just one score in a 10-7 victory Friday night at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.

HARVEY – Dutchtown converted a turnover into a field goal just before half and added a touchdown in the second half to prevail over West Jefferson 10-7 Friday night at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.

The Griffins rushed for nearly 200 yards led by Effrem Reed who picked up 107 on 21 carries.

“It is always good to get that first “W,” Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia said. “Nobody wants to be 0-2. (West Jefferson) had some balance but our defense played pretty well. They had one or two breakdowns but overall they did a good job.

“We didn’t get what we needed on offense. There were some turnovers in the game on both sides. We need to get better. We just have to stop turning the ball over. I don’t know how we do that but we have to stop doing it in a hurry.”

Dutchtown and West Jefferson managed just 19 first downs total between them but the Buccaneers had a slight edge in total net yards 224-197.

The contest also saw six total fumbles as the Griffins turned over three of four and recovered both of West Jefferson’s bobbles.

Time of possession was near even and eight flags were during the wet contest played on artificial turf.

Dutchtown broke open the scoreboard just before half-time when Grant Auzene nailed a 39-yard field goal with 1:36 left in the half to put the Griffins ahead 3-0.

The Griffins increased their lead in the second half when quarterback Leon Blouin kept for a 1-yard score. Auzene’s kick made it 10-0 with 7:44 left in the quarter.

West Jefferson’s only score came in the fourth quarter when quarterback Shawn Hoye connected with Jeromine Hardin for a 67-yard touchdown. Jose Mazier’s kick reflected the final tally.

Troy Lewis added 55 yards on 16 carries for the Griffins.

Hoye posted 52 yards on the ground on 14 attempts and was also 9-of-21 for 128 yards through the air.

Dutchtown hosts Thibodaux Friday night at Griffin Field.

Dutchtown celebrates Leon Blouin’s 1-yard touchdown against Lutcher last week. Blouin scored the Griffins’ lone touchdown from 1-yard Friday night in a 10-7 victory over West Jefferson.