Dutchtown seeks momentum hosting No. 4 Thibodaux

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Jonathan Darville drops Lutcher’s Daniel Taylor for a loss in Week 1. The Griffins host No. 4 Thibodaux Friday night at Griffin Field after picking up their first win over West Jefferson 10-7 last week.

GEISMAR – Dutchtown looks to build on momentum gained from their first win last week when they host No. 4 Thibodaux Friday night at Griffin Field at 7 p.m.

Ball security has plagued the Griffins (1-1) of District 6-5A thus far this season as they coughed the ball up four times during a 10-7 victory over West Jefferson, losing three.

“It is always good to get that first win,” Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia said. “Hopefully we can build on it and it puts us on a little winning streak. You work all week and payday is Friday night. The guys deserved to get a paycheck so I am happy for them.”

Thibodaux (2-0) of District 8-5A snapped two-time defending Class 5A state champion Destrehan’s 31-game winning streak with a 31-21 victory last week. The Tigers under head coach Dennis Lorio finished 10-1 last year advancing to the quarterfinals where they fell to Barbe, who ousted Dutchtown in the regionals.

“They are a good ball club,” Saia said. “They have some talent and they play hard. It will be a challenge. I want to play well and win. That is what we want to get out of it. Next week, we want to do the same thing. We want to win.”

Despite returning only two starters to their Pro Set offense, Thibodaux is led by one of the state’s top prospects in quarterback Trovon Reed who ran for a score and threw for another last week. Running back Brandon Duncan also rushed for two touchdowns.

“Obviously, you have to tackle Trovon Reed,” Saia said. “I think he is probably more of a threat with his feet. He runs around until you lose coverage. He is the guy that makes it all go. We just have to try and make them earn what they get. ”

Dutchtown has not been a completely healthy team any this season and that will not change Friday. The Griffins surrendered 224 yards of total offense to West Jefferson last week coming from both the ground and air. The defense is led by the secondary which includes LSU commitment Eric Reid, Jonathan Darville and Shaquille Lewis. Returning all-district cornerback Marcus Godfrey did play sparingly last week after not dressing in Week 1.

“We are not healthy,” Saia said. “That is just part of the deal. I am not going to make excuses. We are going to put other guys in those spots and we are going to play. We have to try and keep them from having the big play.”

The Griffins’ offense has been maligned thus far this season. A bright spot has been Effrem Reed who rushed for 100 yards for the second consecutive week against West Jefferson picking up 107 yards on 21 carries to up his season total to 224 yards in two games.

“We have to quit turning the ball over, quit jumping offsides and quit making mistakes,” Saia said. “We hurt ourselves. We are our own worst enemy. I wish we would stop making mistakes. I don’t know what the answer is. We just lose focus. We have cut back on what we are doing but if we make those mistakes against Thibodaux, they will beat us.”

Thibodaux has just three starters returning in their Forty scheme on defense and are led by Tyler Jenkins, Chad Fletcher and Javonti Knockum in the secondary.