No. 1 Dutchtown meets No. 16 Brother Martin in second round

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Dutchtown linebacker Lucas Shipman pursues Covington’s Otha Peters Friday night.

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GEISMAR?– Top-seeded Dutchtown sealed a 35-27 win over No. 32 Covington Friday night after Landon Collins came down with a late interception in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.

Dutchtown (11-0) was able to run out the remaining time and advance to a match with No. 16 Brother Martin (8-3) Saturday at 7 p.m. at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.

Collins wrestled the ball away around midfield with 2:03 remaining. The turnover thwarted any hopes of a late rally for the visitors.

Up until that point, Covington (5-6) had found a way to answer the Griffins.

“I think Covington came in with a great game plan and executed it,”?Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia said.

That game plan appeared to be an effort to keep the ball away from Dutchtown’s high-powered offense.

Lions quarterback John McDowell passed for 139 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 55 yards.

Deone Casnave led Covington with 61 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Jarius Bickham finished with two touchdown receptions. He caught three passes for 82 yards.

Despite Covington’s offensive efforts, Dutchtown’s outstanding duo, quarterback Leon Blouin and running back Effrem Reed, proved to be too much for the Lions.

Reed rushed for 231 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the way.

Blouin added 93 rushing yards and two scores. He also passed for 65 yards.

The Griffins took an early lead when Reed scored on a 21-yard run. It came on Dutchtown’s second possession.

Blouin set up the touchdown with a 29-yard carry. Graham Wilfong made the first of five extra points to give the Griffins a 7-0 lead.

Covington answered on the next play when McDowell found Bickham wide open for a 65-yard scoring pass. The extra point failed, and the Griffins held a 7-6 lead at the 4:49 mark in the first quarter.

Dutchtown followed with another score. Reed had a 28-yard carry to set up a 5-yard touchdown run for Blouin on the final play of the quarter.

In the second, Covington controlled most of the clock, limiting the Griffins to just four offensive plays.The Lions converted a pair of fourth downs to sustain a 16-play, 80-yard drive that ended with McDowell connecting with Vincent Luka for a 5-yard touchdown.

McDowell tied the game 14-14 with 3:15 left in the half with a successful two-point conversion run.

Less than two minutes later, Bickham recovered a fumble at the Dutchtown 22, giving the Lions a chance to take the lead. But a 25-yard field goal attempt failed.

In the second half, the Griffins started with an eight-play scoring drive. Reed capped it with a 10-yard touchdown run.

Covington once again had an answer as Casnave scored on a 1-yard carry, capping a 16-play drive. The extra point tied the game at the 1:38 mark.

Dutchtown took little time adding another score. Blouin broke away on a 28-yard run, then scored on a 1-yard carry to give the Griffins a 28-21 lead at the end of the third.

Covington used some trickery to edge back. The Lions ran a double reverse pass that ended with McDowell finding Bickham for a touchdown with 6:12 left. The extra point failed and Dutchtown held a 28-27 lead.

Reed extended the margin when he scored on a 19-yard run with 5:10 remaining.

With time running out and down by eight, Covington tried to put together another scoring drive, but it ended with Collins’ interception.

Dutchtown running back Effrem Reed stretches the ball into the end zone for a touchdown against Covington Friday.