Dutchtown takes 38-26 win over Brother Martin in quarterfinals

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Dutchtown’s Cole Harp tackles a Brother Martin ball carrier Saturday night in Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.

NEW?ORLEANS – Top-seeded Dutchtown claimed its second playoff victory Saturday night with a 38-26 win over No. 16 Brother Martin in Tad Gormley Stadium.

Dutchtown (12-0) advances to host No. 24 Westgate Friday night. Westgate (7-4) upset No. 8 Higgins 21-0 Friday.

In the quarterfinal, Dutchtown’s Effrem Reed led the way with 145 yards and three touchdowns.

Griffins head coach Benny Saia credited the offensive line for paving the path.

“Our offensive line chipped away at them,”?he said. “And I wouldn’t trade Effrem Reed for anyone in the world.”

Leon Blouin also surpassed the century mark, as he added 117 rushing yards.

The quarterback also went 6-of-7 passing for 45 yards.

Dutchtown avoided turnovers and penalties to power the victory over Brother Martin (8-4).

The Griffins took control of the game early. On the opening drive, they went 78 yards in nine plays, capped by a 20-yard Reed touchdown run. Graham Wilfong’s exra point gave Dutchtown a 7-0 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff, Wilfong’s sky kick was recovered by Victor Mattaur at the Brother Martin 22-yard line.

Wilfong went on to kick a 21-yard field goal at the 5:50 mark in the first quarter. The Griffins held a 10-0 lead before the Crusaders offense even stepped on the field.

Brother Martin drove 67 yards and scored on an 8-yard pass from Ronnie Arant to Kyle Keen on the first play of the second. Dutchtown’s Landon Collins blocked the extra point, and the Griffins held a 10-6 lead at the 11:54 mark.

Dutchtown followed with another touchdown as Mason Nickens scored on a 23-yard reverse.

The Griffins held a 17-6 lead at the half.

After the opening kickoff of the second half, Brother Martin drove 73 yards and scored on a 1-yard run by Dante Butler. The two-point conversion failed, and the Dutchtown lead stood at 17-12 with 7:45 left in the third.

The Crusaders tried an onside kick, but the Griffins recovered. With the short field, Dutchtown went 57 yards in five plays to add another touchdown. Reed’s 6-yard run gave the Griffins a 24-12 lead with 5:55 to go in the third.

Brother Martin answered with a 70-yard drive, capped by Butler’s 1-yard touchdown carry. The scored cut the deficit to 24-19 with three seconds left in the quarter.

Dutchtown then picked up a fourth-and-3 at the Brother Martin 47. Collins found room to run around the right side as he dashed for a touchdown. With nine minutes to go, Dutchtown held a 31-19 lead.

Butler scored his third touchdown on a 1-yard carry to cut the lead after Brother Martin went 69 yards. At the 5:47 mark, the Griffins led 31-26.

Dutchtown added some insurance with a 76-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown run by Reed with 1:31 remaining.

The Griffins scored at least a touchdown in every quarter. They out-gained the Crusaders 375-324 yards.

Mason Nickens scored on a 23-yard reverse.