Landon Collins, Mason Nickens lead Dutchtown to win over Lutcher

Michael Tortorich
Dutchtown senior Landon Collins ran for 94 yards and two touchdowns in the 32-8 win over Lutcher Friday night in Geismar. Aside from his time at running back, Collins also played his usual safety position and pulled down an interception that he nearly returned for a touchdown.

GEISMAR – Landon Collins and Mason Nickens each scored a pair of touchdowns to pace Dutchtown in a 32-8 win over Lutcher Friday night.

The Griffins (who moved up from fourth to second in the Class 5A rankings) opened the season with the impressive performance in the New Orleans Saints/LHSAA Game of the Week, which was televised by Cox Sports Television.

Through non-stop rain, the Griffins took a 17-0 lead in the first half and never trailed as they claimed the win.

Lutcher running back Daniel Taylor compiled 181 yards on 30 carries. He scored the Bulldogs’ lone touchdown in the third quarter on a 2-yard carry. Taylor also added the two-point conversion run.

Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia said his team battled and held off the Bulldogs.

“I thought when they made their run at the first part of the second half, we answered,”?he said.

Nickens opened the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown run on a third-and-5 carry around the left side with 1:44 left in the first quarter. Tyler Sarrazin added the extra point.

Collins intercepted a third-and-11 pass and returned it to the 8-yard line around the left side. He then scored on the next play from the running back position. After Sarrazin’s kick, the Griffins led 14-0 with 40 seconds to go in the first.

Sarrazin kicked a 26-yard field goal to give the Griffins a 17-0 advantage late in the second quarter.

Collins struck again on a third-and-7 play. He broke free on a carry and scampered 62 yards down the left side for a touchdown with 6:02 left in the third.

Dutchtown carried a 24-8 lead into the final quarter.

Nickens kept on a run up the middle for the last touchdown. He converted a third-and-4 on the play with 7:29 remaining. Zack Hill carried up the middle for the two-point conversion.

Collins and Nickens combined to rush for 158 yards. Collins had 94 on seven carries, while Nickens finsihed with 64 on 14 carries.

“Landon Collins took over,” Lutcher head coach Tim Detillier said. “That’s just the type of player he is.”

Collins set up his first touchdown with an interception he nearly  brought back for a score. Landon Joshua also intercepted a pass to set up another first-half touchdown, Nickens’ 10-yard run.

Dutchtown drove 60 yards before halftime to set up a field goal. Nickens competed five passes in the drive, including a pair of throws to Torrance Mosley. He also connected with Shelby Christy twice, including a catch that converted a third-and-8 A pass to Alec Osborne with 21 seconds remaining in the half put Sarrazin into position for the kick.

Lutcher came out in the second half with momentum. The Bulldogs put together a 76-yard drive in 11 plays, using 4:14 off the clock.

Quarterback Ruston Matherne connected with Alex Stewart for 12 yards. Sully Martin also received a first-down catch.

On third-and-goal at the 3-yard line, Dutchtown’s Aaron Davis stopped Jared Poche for a short gain. Taylor carried on fourth-and-2 to record the Bulldogs’ lone score.

After Taylor carried up the middle for the two-point conversion, Dutchtown’s lead was cut to 17-8.

The Griffins answered on the next possession with Collins’ long touchdown run on third-and-7. Sarrazin’s extra point gave the Griffins a 24-8 lead.

Lutcher drove to the Dutchtown 34 on its next possession, but the Griffin defensive line stopped Taylor short on fourth-and-1. The Griffins then put together a 66-yard drive in 10 plays.

Nickens and running back Austen Brown carried the Griffins on the drive. Nickens capped the drive at the 7:29 mark with a run up the middle on third-and-4. Lineman Zac Hill extended the Dutchtown lead on the two-point conversion run.

In the final minutes, Steven Bright and Evan Maiocchi saw time at quarterback for the Griffins.

Lutcher fumbled twice in the final four minutes of the game. Landon Campo recovered one for Dutchtown.

Dutchtown quarterback Mason Nickens ran for two touchdowns as he accounted for 64 rushing yards on 14 carries.