Dutchtown tops East Ascension, finishes 10-0
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Dutchtown players were all smiles as they gathered for photos in the end zone Friday night.
After defeating East Ascension 30-12, the Griffins had reason to be happy – they had made school history.
Dutchtown claimed its first district championship with the win, and completed its first undefeated season.
The Griffins head into the Class 5A playoffs as the No. 1 seed. Dutchtown will host Covington (5-5) in the opening round.
“This is special, this team should be proud,” Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia said.
It wasn’t always easy for the Griffins Friday night against their Ascension Parish rivals. East Ascension came out strong to start the game, scoring the opening points.
Spartans running back Jarmarcus Jarvis, who led East Ascension with 90 yards, scored on a 3-yard run with 8:02 left in the first quarter.
Dutchtown’s Landon Collins stormed through the middle to block the extra point, keeping the East Ascension lead at 6-0.
After the Griffins punted, the Spartans appeared to extend their lead when Sione Palelei dashed into the end zone.
But the play was called back due to a holding penalty. The drive ended up stalling on fourth-and-7.
Dutchtown took over at its own 38 and drove for its first touchdown. Quarterback Leon Blouin set up his 1-yard touchdown keeper with a long run. The Griffins held a 7-6 lead with 26 seconds to go in the first.
Dutchtown’s Jacolby Bureau recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. Five plays later, kicker Graham Wilfong hit a 38-yard field goal to extend the lead to 10-6 at the 10:44 mark in the second.
Bureau came up with another big play for the Griffins on the next East Ascension drive. He intercepted a pass at the Spartans 45. The turnover lead to a 2-yard touchdown run by Effrem Reed with 7:09 left in the second. Dutchtown led 17-6.
Just before the half, Blouin added a second touchdown, again on a run from the 1-yard line. The Griffins took a 23-6 lead into the half.
Bureau added another interception in the fourth. The turnover led to Reed’s 46-yard touchdown dash with 7:43 remaining.
Reed finished with 140 yards, while Blouin added 122 yards.
East Ascension added another score at the 4:18 mark when quarterback Deandrus Ennis entered the end zone on a 2-yard carry.
“I’m proud of my team, the guys could have quit, but they fought hard,”?East Ascension head coach John Lambert said.
While his team played hard, he said a team can’t make mistakes against the top team in the state.