Dutchtown hosts East Ascension in final week

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
A host of East Ascension defenders converge on Destrehan’s Kevin Smith Friday night.

Heading into the final week of the regular season, Dutchown ranks first in the power ratings with a 16.23.

The Griffins have a 9.67 in strength factor, according to the unofficial rating.

Dutchtown (9-0, 4-0) clinched no worse than a tie for the District 6-5A title Friday night with a 48-41 double-overtime win over East St. John.

The Griffins will welcome Ascension Parish rival East Ascension (4-5, 0-4) Friday to complete the regular season.

Despite their winless district record, the Spartans have been a tough match for area teams. Last week, Destrehan used a frantic fourth-quarter comeback to top the Spartans 27-20. East Ascension also battled in an earlier loss to East St. John. Hahnville took a narrow 7-3 victory against the scrappy Spartans.

Dutchtown’s showdown with previously unbeaten East St. John lived up to its billing last week as the teams slugged it out through two overtime periods.

Ultimately Dutchtown running back Effrem Reed scored on an 8-yard run in the second overtime to lift the Griffins to victory over the Wildcats (8-1, 3-1).

East St. John standout D’haquille Williams tallied three touchdowns in the game.

The teams posted nearly identical yardage figures, as both rushed for 242 yards on the night.

Reed led the way with 166 yards, while quarterback Leon Blouin added 68.

Darion Monroe led the Wildcats with 139 yards. He also passed for 159 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

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

Meanwhile, East Ascension suffered a heartbreaker against Destrehan. The Spartans controlled much of the game, jumping out to a 20-0 lead.

East Ascension took an early lead with Dex Templet recovered a fumble in the end zone.

Running back Michael Sparrow scored on a 68-yard run.

Spartans kicker Michael Stafford hit a pair of field goals from 39 and 47 yards away.

Landon Collins has been a standout for Dutchtown this season.