Dutchtown wins double-overtime thriller at East St. John

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Dutchtown running back Effrem Reed scored six touchdowns against East St. John in the 48-41 double overtime thriller Friday night.

RESERVE – Fourth-ranked Dutchtown claimed a 48-41 double-overtime win over sixth-ranked East St. John Friday night in a battle of unbeaten District 6-5A teams.

The Griffins (9-0, 4-0) clinched no worse than a tie for the district title with the victory over the Wildcats (8-1, 3-1).

The Griffins have a chance to complete their first undefeated season Friday as they host East Ascension.

Dutchtown’s Effrem Reed scored an 8-yard touchdown to lift the Griffins in the second overtime. The senior running back compiled six touchdowns for the Griffins.

East St. John’s D’haquille Williams caught three touchdown passes in the losing effort.

The teams were nearly identical in yardage. East St. John held a slight advantage in yards passing (159-109). Both teams rushed for 242 yards. Reed finished with 166 to lead the Griffins. Quarterback Leon Blouin tallied 68 yards.

Darion Monroe led the Wildcats with 139 yards. He also passed for 159 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Nine of his 12 completions went to Williams for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

Monroe returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown with 1:26 remaining in regulation. Dutchtown blocked the extra point kick, and the Wildcats led 34-26.

The Griffins answered quickly when Reed took a screen pass from Blouin went 59 yards for a touchdown. Reed then carried on the two-point conversion run to tie the game 34-34.

In overtime, the team traded touchdowns. First, Monroe connected with Williams on a 5-yard touchdown pass.

Dutchtown followed with a 2-yard scoring run by Reed.

In the second overtime, the Griffins took the first possession and scored on the second play. Reed reached the end zone on an 8-yard run.

Dutchtown’s defense made the final stand. After an incomplete pass, a sack and a 5-yard Monroe run, East St. John faced fourth down at the 9. Monroe tried to connect with Williams again, but it fell incomplete, giving Dutchtown the win.

Dutchtown came back after trailing 21-13 at the half.

Griffins kicker Graham Wilfong hit two field goals from 22 and 23 yards away.

East St. John scored its first points on a 9-yard Monroe to Williams pass. After Reed scored on a 4-yard run, Monroe connected with Dezmann Broussard for a 37-yard score. Monroe then hit Williams on an 8-yard touchdown pass.

After a Wilfong field goal and Reed 2-yard touchdown run, Dechris Strong scored on an 11-yard run.

Reed then scored on an 8-yard run. The conversion pass failed.