Griffins shut out No. 1 St. John for homecoming
GEISMAR - Running back Effrem Reed scored two touchdowns and kicker Grant Auzenne hit two field goals as Dutchtown blanked the St. John Eagles, 19-0, Friday night.
Dutchtown (3-1), of District 6-5A, sent the top-ranked team in Class 1A back to Plaquemine with their first loss of the season.
Reed scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter, and the Griffins never looked back as they improved to 3-1 on homecoming night.
Dutchtown’s first touchdown drive spanned 54 yards in eight plays.
Auzenne extended the lead with a 35-yard field goal in the second quarter.
With under three minutes left in the first half, the Griffins broke the game open on a fake punt. Facing a fourth-and-17, Eric Reid took a direct snap and found a wide open field along the left sideline.
It was the second straight game that Reid converted a fourth down with a long run. The LSU-bound senior covered 49 yards on the carry.
After picking up the first down at the St. John 15-yard line, Dutchtown took five plays to punch it in for another score.
The 1-yard touchdown plunge was Reed’s second of the night.
The drive proved to be a turning point, as the deflated Eagles went scoreless in the second half.
St. John (3-1) head coach Barry “Tut” Musemeche credited Dutchtown for taking the risk on the fake punt play.
“They just outplayed us tonight,” Musemeche said. “The best team won.”
Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia said he was happy with picking up another win, but his team still has room for improvement.
“We’re very pleased to get a ‘W’ but we’re not satisfied,” Saia said.
“They have good players,” Saia said, referring to St. John. “They pass the eye test and they can play. They’re well coached and have skill players as good as any team we’ll play. We took a step back on offense, though. We’re always happy to get a win, but we played sloppy.”
Dutchtown grinded out 202 rushing yards, while holding St. John to 52 yards on the ground.
Reed carried 19 times for 59 yards. Troy Lewis had 16 carries for 79 yards.
Griffins quarterback Leon Bloin had 16 rushing yards. He also completed two passes to Reed for 19 yards.
Saia touted Auzenne’s ability to connect on long field goals as a team advantage.
“He gives us a chance. Any time we cross the 40, we feel like we have a shot at it,” he said about the kicker’s range.
Auzenne’s longest field goal was 36 yards. He also hit a 34-yard attempt.
Dutchtown’s long snapper, Garrett Brouilette, broke his leg on the opening kickoff. The senior was carted off on a stretcher.
St. John quarterback Michael Martinez went 9-for-20 passing for 103 yards with two interceptions.
Landon Collins and Shaquille Lewis each picked off passes, following with returns of 47 and 20 yards, respectively.
Dutchtown travels to Parkview Baptist Friday night to face the No. 3 Eagles of Class 3A.